Connie Sellecca

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Connie Sellecca
Connie Sellecca 2008.jpg
Sellecca in 2008
Born Concetta Sellecchia
(1955-05-25) May 25, 1955 (age 60)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress, spokesperson, activist
Years active 1976–present
Spouse(s) Gil Gerard (1979–1987; divorced)
John Tesh (1992–present)
Children 2

Connie Sellecca (born Concetta Sellecchia May 25, 1955) is an American actress, producer, and former model, best known for her roles on the television series The Greatest American Hero and Hotel, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 1987.[1]

Early life[edit]

Sellecca was born Concetta Sellecchia in The Bronx, New York, New York to Italian parents.[2][3] At age twelve, she moved to Pomona, New York and attended Pomona Junior High School. While attending Ramapo High School in Spring Valley, she first became interested in the performing arts. Although she matriculated at Boston College, she withdrew to pursue a career in acting.[4]

Career[edit]

Sellecca first worked as a fashion model before making her acting debut in the film The Bermuda Depths in 1978,[5] followed by Captain America II: Death Too Soon, a TV movie starring Reb Brown in the title role alongside Len Birman, with Lana Wood and versus Christopher Lee. She then starred in the short-lived CBS comedy Flying High, about the misadventures of three airline flight attendants, then as lawyer Pam Davidson on The Greatest American Hero, the girlfriend and foil to the main character. After Hero ended, she was released from her contract in time to audition for the part of promotions manager Christine Francis on the television drama Hotel, alongside James Brolin. She acted out the character from 1983 to 1988.[6]

Sellecca later acted out lead roles in several made-for-television films.[4] Among her more recent work was a role in the 2009 film The Wild Stallion.

Business ventures[edit]

Sellecca collaborated[when?] with such dermatologists as Dr. Patricia Wexler to formulate "The 'Sellecca Solution,'" a line of skin-care products intended mainly for women of Mediterranean descent, which was sold through mail-order by means of a direct-response marketing paid program produced by the William Guthy-Gregory Renker Company. As of early February of 2016, it was not known whether the paid program was still being transmitted, and thus, the production and availability statuses of the Sellecca Solution were also unknown.

Personal life[edit]

Sellecca was married to actor Gil Gerard throughout much of the 1980s.[2] They had a son together, Gib Gerard.

On April 4, 1992, she married infotainer/pianist and former Entertainment Tonight host and anchor correspondent John Tesh. They had one daughter, Prima,[7] whom they had named after Connie's father, Primo Sellecchia.[5] Like Tesh, Sellecca is a born again Christian.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Other notes
1978 The Bermuda Depths Jennie Haniver alongside Leigh McCloskey
1978-1979 Flying High Lisa Benton 19 episodes
1979 Captain America II: Death Too Soon Dr. Wendy Day alongside Reb Brown, Len Birman, Lana Wood, and Christopher Lee
She's Dressed to Kill Alix Goldman
1980 Beyond Westworld Pamela Williams 4 episodes
1984 Finder of Lost Loves Sara Hawthorne Nevins 1 episode
1985 International Airport Dana Fredricks
1981-1983 The Greatest American Hero Pam Davidson (later Pam Hinkley) 41 episodes
1987 The Last Fling Gloria Franklin
Downpayment on Murder Karen Cardell
1983-1988 Hotel Christine Francis 115 episodes
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (1987)
1989 Brotherhood of the Rose Erika Bernstein
Turn Back the Clock Stephanie Powers
1990 Miracle Landing Mimi Tompkins
People Like Us Ruby Nolte Renthall
Mulberry Street Connie Savoia
1991-1992 P.S.I. Luv U Dani Powell 13 episodes
1992 A House of Secrets and Lies Susan
Eye of the Storm Patricia 'Pete' Peterson
1993 Passport to Murder Helen Hollander
1994 She Led Two Lives Rebecca Madison
1993-1994 Second Chances Dianne Benedict 6 episodes
1995 A Dangerous Affair Sharon Blake
The Surrogate Joan Quinn
A Holiday to Remember Carolyn Giblin
1997 While My Pretty One Sleeps Neeve Kearny
Something Borrowed, Something Blue Monique D'Arcy
Doomsday Rock Katherine
1999 Dangerous Waters Sarah
2002 Anna's Dream Leslie Morgan
2002 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus Stephanie Carver
2009 The Wild Stallion Matty
2012 All About Christmas Eve Elizabeth Cole

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