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Constance Towers
Port Charles Presence
At A Glance
Constance Towers took over the role of Helena Cassadine in 1997. Her elegance, charisma, and beauty made it hard to believe that she was one of the most villainous women on daytime television. Although cold, calculating, and fabulously malicious, the matriarch of Port Charles' Cassadine family does in fact have a soft spot for her grandson Nikolas.

Constance had dreams as a child of one day being an opera singer and at the age of eleven, actually turned down a contract from Paramount Pictures. Her family then moved to New York where she attended both the Julliard School of Music and the American Academy of the Dramatic Arts. Her first professional role was in a summer 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 Broadway who is remembered most for her starring role as Mrs. Anna in the 1978 revival of The King and I. Ms. Towers' other stage appearances include The Sound of Music, Kiss, Me Kate, 42nd Street, Oklahoma!, Camelot and Mame.

Constance has been honored for her work on stage on many occasions. She won 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 from the New Jersey Drama Critics Association. In addition to her numerous stage appearances, she is also an accredited actress in television and motion pictures. Her big screen debut came opposite John Wayne and William Holden in John Ford's The Horse Soldiers. Her recent films include A Perfect Murder with Gwyneth Paltrow, and The Relic. She has appeared on many television shows including a starring role on Capitol, and guest appearances on such series as L.A. Law, Designing Women, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Providence, Baywatch, and Frasier. She received an Emmy nomination for her dramatic performance in the Television Network special, Once in Her Life.

Constance has been married to John Gavin since 1974, and she has four 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 able to be 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 helped aid many devastated families in rebuilding their homes and helping them start new lives. 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 she had a wonderfully blessed life, both personally and professionally, and her greatest desire is to share those blessings with others all around the world. She is doing that through her acting and vocal gifts, and through her dedicated work with Project Connie.
Acting Portfolio
TELEVISION
Providence
Candice Whitman-Cromwell
2000

Kelly Kelly
Kate
1998

General Hospital
Helena Cassadine
December 19, 1997 to April 9, 2002; October 16 to 17, 2003; December 24, 2003; January 16, 2004 to October 2004; January 2005; April to May 2005; October 2005; November 2005; January 2006; April 13, 2009 to April 21, 2009; June 4, 2009; September 30, 2009 to October 20, 2009; February 10, 2010 to August 6, 2010; June 27, 2011 to April 3, 2013; June 25, 2013

Sunset Beach
Julianna Deschanel
1997

The Young and The Restless
Audrey North
1996

Capitol
Clarissa McCandless
1982-1987

Caroline in the City
Barbara
1995

Silk Stalkings
Karen Krane
1994

Thunder in Paradise
Cavanna
1994

Frasier
Clarise
1994

Thunder in Paradise
Cavanna
1994

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Ambassador Taxco
1993

Civil Wars
1992

Sidney Sheldon's The Sands of Time [TV Movie]
1992

2000 Malibu Road
Camilla
1992

Baywatch
Maggie James
1992

Memories of Midnight [Mini-Series]
1991

Matlock
Alice Wyndemere
1991

Designing Women
Louise Pollard
1990
Christine Cromwell
1989

MacGyver
Francine Leyland Dalton
1989

Midnight Caller
Teresa Chandler
1989

L.A. Law
Charlotte Kelsey
1988, 1987

Murder, She Wrote
Margaret Witworth
1987

On Wings of Eagles [Mini-Series]
Margot Perot
1986

Capitol
Clarissa McCandless
1982-1987

Fantasy Island
Maggie Dunphy
1981

The Rockford Files
Sally Packard
1979

Fantasy Island
Shirley Forbush
1979

Hawaii Five-O
Mrs. Thorncrest
1975

Love Is a Many Splendored Thing
Marian Hiller
1971-1972

The Bell Telephone Hour
Herself
1966

Perry Mason
Leona Devore
1965

Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre
Louise Menke
1965

The Outer Limits
Laura James
1964

Perry Mason
Joanne Pennington
1964

Perry Mason
Natalie Graham
1964

Perry Mason
Esther Metcalfe
1963

Perry Mason
Jonny Baker
1961

Zane Grey Theater
Beth Woodfield
1961

Adventures in Paradise
Laura
1960

State Trooper
1957
Acting Portfolio
FILM
A Perfect Murder
Sandra Bradford
1998

The Relic
Mrs. Blaisedale
1997

Thunder in Paradise 3
Cavanna
1995

The Next Karate Kid
Louisa 'Louisa-San' Pierce
1994

The Nutt House
Mrs. Henderson
1992

Sylvester
Muffy
1985

Fast Forward
Jessie Granger
1985

The Naked Kiss
Kelly
1964

Fate Is the Hunter
Peg Burke
1964

Shock Corridor
Cathy
1963

Sergeant Rutledge
Mary Beecher
1960

The Horse Soldiers
Hannah Hunter
1959

Bring Your Smile Along
Nancy Willows
1955

Acting Portfolio
THEATRE

The King and I
At the Uris Theatre.

Ari
At the Mark Hellinger Theatre.

The Engagement Baby
At the Helen Hayes Theatre.

Anya
At the Ziegfeld Theatre.

Awards & Acclaim
Daytime Emmys Nomination, Television Network special, "Once in Her Life"
Vital Statistics
PLACE OF BIRTH: Whitefish, Montana
DATE OF BIRTH: May 20, 1933
HEIGHT: 5'8"
HAIR: White
EYES: Hazel
MARITAL STATUS: Married; John Gavin (1974)
News Archives
News Archive: GH confirms the return of Helena Cassadine. [May 13, 2011]
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