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

Early life and career

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. 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.[ 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

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. 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 Look at Me with Your Eyes".

In 1955, Dowling married film producer Ivan Tors, with whom she had three sons: Steven, David, and Peter Tors, as well as a foster child, Alfred Ndwego of Kenya. She retired from acting after this marriage.


On October 28, 1969, Dowling died at the age of 49 of cardiac arrest.


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 Città dolente Lubitza Alternative title: City of Pain

1949 Duello Senza Onore Olga Alternative title: Duel Without Honor

Follie Per l'Opera Margaret Jones Alternative title: Mad About Opera

Una Voce nel tuo Cuore Dolly Alternative title: A Voice in your Heart

1950 Miss Italia 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









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