Constance Dowling

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Constance Dowling
Andrea Checchi e Costance Dowling.jpg
Andrea Checchi and Costance Dowling in Stormbound (1950)
Born (1920-07-24)July 24, 1920
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died October 28, 1969(1969-10-28) (aged 49)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active 1944-1955
Spouse(s) Ivan Tors (m.1955-1969)
(her death) (4 children)

Constance Dowling (July 24, 1920 - October 28, 1969) was an American model turned actress of the 1940s and 1950s.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in New York City, Dowling was a model and chorus girl before moving to California in 1943. She was the elder sister of actress Doris Dowling.[1] Prior to her move to Hollywood, Dowling appeared in several Broadway productions, including Panama Hattie (with sister Doris), Hold On To Your Hats, and The Strings, My Lord, Are False.[2] Dowling began her screen career appearing in Up in Arms (1944) for Samuel Goldwyn. She appeared in a few films after that, including the film noir Black Angel (1946) but her film career did not advance.

Dowling lived in Italy in 1947 through 1950 and appeared in some unmemorable Italian films. Dowling returned to Hollywood in the 1950s and landed a part in the sci-fi film Gog, her last film.

Personal life[edit]

Dowling had been involved in a long affair with married director Elia Kazan in New York. He couldn't bring himself to leave his wife and the affair ended when Dowling went to Hollywood under contract to Goldwyn.[3] She was later linked with Italian poet/novelist Cesare Pavese who committed suicide in 1950 after being rejected by Dowling. One of his last poems is entitled "Death will come and she'll have your eyes".[4][5]

In 1955, Dowling married film producer Ivan Tors, writer and producer of her last film. She then retired from acting, going on to have three sons and a foster child with Tors: Steven, David, Peter and foster son Alfred Ndwego of Kenya.[6]


On October 28, 1969, Dowling died at the age of 49 of a heart attack.[6]


Year Title Role Other notes
1944 Up in Arms Nurse Lt. Mary Morgan
Knickerbocker Holiday Tina Tienhoven
1946 The Well-Groomed Bride Rita Sloane
Black Angel Mavis Marlowe
Boston Blackie and the Law Dinah Moran Alternative title: Blackie and the Law
1947 Addio Mimí! Student Alternative title: Her Wonderful Lie
Blind Spot Evelyn Green
The Flame Helen Anderson
1948 City of Pain Lubitza Alternative title: La città dolente
1949 Duello Senza Onore Olga Alternative title: Duel Without Honor
Mad About Opera Margaret Jones Alternative title: Follie per l'opera
Una Voce nel tuo Cuore Dolly Alternative title: A Voice in your Heart
1950 My Beautiful Daughter Lilly
La Strada finisce sul fiume Barbara Alternative title: Stormbound
1951 Nash Airflyte Theatre TV, 1 episode
Pulitzer Prize Playhouse TV, 1 episode
The Adventures of Ellery Queen TV, 1 episode
Cosmopolitan Theatre TV, 1 episode
1951–1952 Lights Out TV, 2 episodes
1953–1954 City Detective TV, 2 episodes
1954 Gog Joanna Merritt
1955 Fireside Theater Betty TV, 1 episode


  1. ^ Saxon, Wolfgang (2004-06-28). "Doris Dowling, 81, Is Dead; Known for Classic Films of 40's". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-07-02. 
  2. ^ "Constance Dowling, 49, Is Dead; Acted on Broadway and in Films". The New York Times. Reuters. 1969-10-29. p. 52. Retrieved 2009-02-05. 
  3. ^ Schickel, Richard (1988-05-09). "Incaution on A Grand Scale Elia Kazan: A Life". Time. p. 2. Retrieved 2008-07-02. 
  4. ^ di Vincenzo, Ludovica (2014). "Death will come and she'll have your eyes - The Times Stephen Spender Prize 2013 (commended)". Stephen Spender Trust. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  5. ^ Williamson, Alan (1997-09-10). "Pavese's late love poems". The American Poetry Review. Retrieved 2008-07-02. [dead link]
  6. ^ a b "The Private Life and Times of Constance Dowling". Retrieved 2008-07-02. 

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