Constance Towers debuted in 1997 as Helena Cassadine. Constance was born in
Whitefish, Montana, and had dreams as a child of being an operatic star.
These aspirations led her to actually turn down a contract from Paramount
Pictures at age eleven. "Here I was, this scrawny little girl who sang...and
the Paramount executives made an offer. Though I could have killed myself ten
years later for turning down the contract, at the time I wanted no part of it."
When her family moved to New York, Constance attended both the Juilliard
School of Music and the American Academy of the Dramatic Arts. Her first
professional role was in a summer stock production of "Carousel," which
inspired her to forget her operatic aspirations and pursue a career in
musical theater. She is now a respected veteran of the Broadway stage who
is remembered most for her starring role as Mrs. Anna in the 1978 revival
of "The King and I," opposite Yul Brynner. Ms. Towers' other stage appearances
include "The Sound of Music," "Kiss Me Kate," "42nd Street," "Oklahoma!,"
"Camelot" and "Mame."
She has been honored for her work on stage on many occasions. She is a
recipient of the New York Critic's Outer Circle Award for Excellence in
Theater, the American Academy of the Dramatic Arts Achievement Award, and
the Best Musical Actress of 1974 Award by the New Jersey Drama Critics
In addition to her many stage appearances, she is also an accomplished
actress in television and motion pictures. Her big screen debut came
opposite John Wayne and William Holden in John Ford's "The Horse Soldiers."
She went on to appear in another Ford film, "Sergeant Rutledge," and her
recent films include "A Perfect Murder" with Gwyneth Paltrow, "The Relic"
and "Karate Kid IV."
On television, she has appeared on many shows including a starring role on
"Capitol," and guest appearances on such series as "Sunset Beach," "L.A.
Law," "Designing Women," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "Star Trek: Deep
Space Nine," "Silk Stalkings," "Baywatch," "Caroline in the City" and
"Frasier." She received an Emmy nomination for her dramatic performance in
the Television Network special, "Once in Her Life." She has also appeared on
"The Home Show," "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," "The Merv Griffin Show"
and "The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson." Constance has been married for 25
years to John Gavin, and her family consists of her children Michael and
Maureen McGrath, Cristina and Maria Gavin; and a grandson, Gavin Patrick
McGrath. Through her husband's work as the former U.S. ambassador to Mexico,
Constance has been involved with numerous charitable organizations. After the
1985 Mexico City earthquake she founded Project Connie, an organization that
offered aid to those in need of medical and rehabilitation assistance.
To date, the organization has provided a new orphanage in Mexico City,
adoption placements in U.S. homes for over 20 children from Mexico and El
Salvador, and aid to many devastated families through rebuilding their homes
and helping them start new businesses. In addition, Constance now sits on
the boards of the Children's Bureau of California, the National Health
Foundation, and The Red Cross and The Blue Ribbon of Los Angeles.
Constance Towers feels that she has been greatly blessed in both her personal
and professional life, and one of her greatest desires is to share those
blessings with others. She is doing just that through her acting and vocal
gifts, and through her dedicated work with Project Connie.