Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthMay 25, 1955
SpouseJohn Tesh, Gil Gerard
FactBest remembered by the public for her role as Christine Francis on Hotel (1983).


Connie Sellecca is an American actress, model, producer and spokesperson, who will endure in the memory of the public for her role in the television prime time soap opera “Hotel”. In fact, her appearance in the series afforded her a Golden Globe Award nomination for best actress in a television series drama, and remains her most iconic appearance. However, the talented actress, who recently celebrated her 65th birthday, appeared in numerous memorable films and shows. Follow us as we uncover the naked truth about Connie and her rise to stardom.

Early life and family

Concetta Sellechia was born on 25 May 1955 in The Bronx, New York City, USA to parents Ann and Primo Sellechia, and is of Italian descent, but little else is known about her early life and upbringing. She has a sister Rosann Mack, however, any details on her life have been successfully kept out of public knowledge.

At the age of 12, Connie moved with her family to Pomona, New York, where she lived until her matriculation from school. While attending high school, Connie’s interest developed for the performing arts which inspired her to chase a career as an actress.

She actually gave-up her college education to pursue a career in show business.

Educational background

Connie attended Pomona Junior High School, and later Ramapo High School in Spring Valley, New York from which she matriculated. After that, she had the chance to attend Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, but dropped out to go in search of fame.

Career

Connie’s first employment was as a model, supporting herself with appearances in advertisements and infomercials while living in New York.

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She is also reported to have done lingerie and fashion modelling, but little record of it remains, safe for a few vintage photos.

Connie’s first screen test was in 1978, which landed her a debut role in the television film “The Bermuda Depths”, cast as Jennifer Haniver. In the same year, she landed a role in the series “Flying High”, which she retained through 19 episodes which ended in 1979.

Connie played the role of Dr Wendy Day in the original “Captain America 2: Death Too Soon” film of 1979, which was one of the first to be made about the comic book superhero.

In the same year, she starred in the slasher film “She’s Dressed To Kill”.

She starred in two series in the early ‘80s, namely in four episodes of “Beyond Westworld”, and “The Greatest American Hero” portraying Pam Davidson, also known as Hinkey, for 41 episodes between 1981 to 1983. Connie’s true success and claim to fame came later in1983, when she landed her most memorable role as Christene Francis in “Hotel”, which she retained for 115 episodes, spanning from 1983 to 1988.

Following her rise to fame, Connie appeared in several more films and had short roles in a few television series.

In 1984, she appeared in an episode of “Finder Of Lost Loves”, and the following year co-starred with her husband at the time, Gil Gerard, in “International Airport”.

She appeared in the film “The Last Fling” in 1987, and in the 1989 miniseries “Brotherhood Of The Rose”, but it would not be until the early nineties that she once more gained a recurring role in a television series.

In 1991 to 1992, Connie landed the role of Dani Powell for 13 episodes of the crime drama series “P.S. I Luv U”, having just starred in the film “Miracle Landing”, which was based on a 1988 true story about Aloha Airlines Flight 243’s disastrous journey.

In 1992, she starred in another disaster film, “Eye Of The Storm”, and in 1993 featured in six episodes of the television series “Second Chances”.

The list of appearances that Connie made throughout the twenty-first century includes numerous titles. Some of the more memorable include “Anna’s Dream” and “The Wild Stallion”. Her most recent work has been as the host of the television show “Intelligence For Your Life”, depicting the musical career of John Frank Tesh

Hobbies, favourite things and interesting facts

Little is known about Connie’s personal preferences, but some trivial facts have been widely spread.

In an interview with TV Guide while acting in “The Greatest American Hero”, Connie stated that she is fond of playing practical jokes, some of which include faking her own death. She would at times use fake blood to depict these scenes, and her husband, Gil, became so used to these pranks that he developed a system by which to rate her performance.

Although a successful actress, Connie also invested some of her time into running her own business. She had a six-year contract in 1991 with Montgomery Ward to design a line of clothing. lingerie and jewellery. She is also the co-founder of Sellecca Solutions, a line of skincare products. She is also known for being an activist and spokesperson for several charities, most of which involve environmental preservation missions.

Relationships

Connie married fellow actor Gil Gerhard in 1979, but their relationship ended in divorce in 1987. They have one child together, a son, Gib Gerard. She later married the pianist and TV presenter John Tesh, who is famous for presenting the “Entertainment Tonight” show. They made their vows on 4 April 1992, after dating for two years. During their relationship, Connie has stood by her husband as he struggled with prostate cancer which is now cured, and the couple is still seemingly happily married. Connie’s second child was born from their relationship, a daughter, Prima Tesh, named after Connie’s father.

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Physical characteristics

  • Date of Birth: 25 May 1955
  • Hair colour: Black
  • Eye colour: Green
  • Height:  5ft 9in (1.75m)
  • Weight: 137lbs (62kgs)
  • Shoe Size: 9 (US)
  • Bra Size: 38B (US) 85B (EU)
  • Star Sign: Gemini
  • Nationality: American
  • Ethnicity: Italian

Net worth

As of mid-2020, Connie has, as an actress and entrepreneur, accumulated an estimated net worth of over $500,000.

General Info

Full NameConnie Sellecca
Date Of BirthMay 25, 1955
Height1.74 m
ProfessionTelevision producer, Activist, Writer, Spokesperson, Fashion Model
EducationBoston College
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpouseJohn Tesh, Gil Gerard
ChildrenGib Gerard, Prima Tesh
ParentsPrimo Sellecchia, Ann Sellecchia
SiblingsVincent Sellecchia, Rosann Mack

Accomplishments

NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama, People's Choice Award for Favorite Actress in a New TV Series, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Series
MoviesMiracle Landing, The Bermuda Depths, The Surrogate, A Dangerous Affair, While My Pretty One Sleeps, She's Dressed to Kill, The Last Fling, The Wild Stallion, A Holiday to Remember, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, Captain America II: Death Too Soon, Passport to Murder, Doomsday Rock, A House of Secr...
TV ShowsSecond Chances, P.S. I Luv U, Hotel, The Greatest American Hero, Beyond Westworld, Flying High

Social profile links

Facts

#Fact
1According to a TV Guide article published during her role on The Greatest American Hero (1981), she was fond of playing bizarre practical jokes, usually involving faking her own suicide or death. Reportedly, then-husband Gil Gerard, got so used to coming home and finding her lying in a pool of fake blood, he developed a critiquing system for her.
2Best remembered by the public for her role as Christine Francis on Hotel (1983).
3Auditioned for the titular lead in Galaxina (1980) and was seriously considered by the filmmakers as an ideal choice to portray the role. 1979 "Playboy" Playmate of the Year Dorothy Stratten ultimately got the part in the long run.
4Friend of Teri Garr.
5Prior to her second marriage to John Tesh, they had a traditional courtship, no sex or living together until their wedding night and dated seriously for 2 years.
6When she first met her future husband John Tesh, he had never watched her TV series Hotel (1983), but he had seen every single episode of The Greatest American Hero (1981).
7Former lingerie and fashion model.
8She has two children: son, Gib Gerard, with ex-husband, Gil Gerard, of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979) fame; and daughter, Prima Tesh, with husband John Tesh, composer and former co-host of Entertainment Tonight (1981). Prima, who was born in 1994, was named for Connie's late father, Primo Sellecchia. She's of Italian origin.

Pictures

Movies

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
All About Christmas Eve2012TV MovieElizabeth
The Wild Stallion2009Matty
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus2002Stephanie Carver
Anna's Dream2002TV MovieLeslie Morgan
Dangerous Waters1999TV MovieSarah
Punch Drunk1998Short
Doomsday Rock1997TV MovieKatherine
Something Borrowed, Something Blue1997TV MovieMonique D'Arcy
While My Pretty One Sleeps1997TV MovieNeeve Kearny
A Holiday to Remember1995TV MovieCarolyn Giblin
The Surrogate1995TV MovieJoan Quinn
A Dangerous Affair1995TV MovieSharon Blake
She Led Two Lives1994TV MovieRebecca Madison
Second Chances1993-1994TV SeriesDianne Benedict
Passport to Murder1993TV MovieHelen Hollander
A House of Secrets and Lies1992TV MovieSusan
Eye of the Storm1992Patricia 'Pete' Peterson
P.S.I. Luv U1991-1992TV SeriesDani Powell / Wanda Talbert / Virginia Hill
Mulberry Street1990TV MovieConnie Savoia
People Like Us1990TV MovieRuby Nolte Renthall
Miracle Landing1990TV MovieMimi Tompkins
Turn Back the Clock1989TV MovieStephanie Powers
Brotherhood of the Rose1989TV Mini-SeriesErika Bernstein
Hotel1983-1988TV SeriesChristine Francis
Downpayment on Murder1987TV MovieKaren Cardell
The Last Fling1987TV MovieGloria Franklin
The Greatest American Hero1981-1986TV SeriesPam Davidson Pam Davidson Hinkley
International Airport1985TV MovieDana Fredricks
Finder of Lost Loves1984TV SeriesSara Hawthorne Nevins
Beyond Westworld1980TV SeriesPamela Williams
She's Dressed to Kill1979TV MovieAlix Goldman
Captain America II: Death Too Soon1979TV MovieDr. Wendy Day
Flying High1978-1979TV SeriesLisa Benton
The Bermuda Depths1978TV MovieJennie Haniver

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Intelligence for Your Life2015TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
John Tesh: Alive - Music & Dance2008TV Movie executive producer
John Tesh: The Avalon Concert1997TV Movie executive producer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Intelligence for Your Life2015TV Series 1 episode
A House of Secrets and Lies1992TV Movie story - as Connie Selleca

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Intelligence for Your Life2015TV Series 1 episode

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
John Tesh: Alive - Music & Dance2008TV Movie television lighting consultant

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Intelligence for Your Life2014-2015TV SeriesHerself - Host
The View2005TV SeriesHerself - Guest
A Life of Laughter: Remembering John Ritter2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
Hollywood Squares2003TV SeriesHerself
Bob Patterson2001TV SeriesHerself
All-Star Party for Aaron Spelling1998TV SpecialHerself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1997TV MovieHerself
Showbiz Today1995-1997TV SeriesHerself
Intimate Portrait1993TV Series documentaryHerself
Larry King Live1993TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 1993 Annual American Friends Hebrew University Scopus Awards Honors: A Salute to Aaron Spelling1993TV SpecialHerself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1992TV MovieHerself
The Arsenio Hall Show1992TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Great American Celebration1991TV MovieHerself
The Annual National Convention of Christians and Jews1991TV MovieHerself
After Hours1990TV SeriesHerself
The 45th Annual Golden Globe Awards1988TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1987TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 1987 Annual Salute to Hollywood Benefit1987TV MovieHerself
The 44th Annual Golden Globe Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in TV-Series Drama
Hour Magazine1986TV SeriesHerself
The Late Show1986TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 11th Annual People's Choice Awards1985TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Favourite Male Performer in a New Television Program / Favourite New Television Comedy Program
exclusiv1985TV Series documentaryHerself
The 37th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1985TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series or a Special
The 36th Primetime Emmy Awards1984TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Outstanding Drama / Comedy Special
The 41st Annual Golden Globe Awards1984TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Actress / Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
The 14th Annual NAACP Image Awards1983TV SpecialHerself
The John Davidson Show1982TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Circus of the Stars #51980TV Special documentaryHerself - Performer
The Merv Griffin Show1979-1980TV SeriesHerself
Dance Fever1979TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1978TV SeriesHerself - Guest

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
La tele de tu vida2007TV SeriesPam Davidson
El informal2001TV SeriesConnie Selleccae-Lababa

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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