See “Hotel” star Connie Sellecca now 66 – Sweet PHK

While some of her high-profile early TV roles include playing Pamela Williams on Beyond Westworld and Pam Davidson on The Greatest American Hero, Connie Sellecca is probably best known for playing Christine Francis on the prime-time soap opera Hotel. The series, which also starred James Brolin, debuted in 1983 on ABC – airing shortly after Dynasty – and ran for five seasons.

Hotel revolved around the St. Gregory Hotel in San Francisco and featured dozens of guest stars as hotel patrons. As the soap opera continued, Sellecca’s character ended up managing the hotel on her own. Today, it’s been almost 40 years since Hotel and Christine Francis made their debut. And Sellecca, 66, has long since taken a step back from Hollywood. Read on to find out what she’s up to today.

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After Hotel, Sellecca continued to act on screen for another 20 years. Most notably, she starred in the PSI Luv U TV series as well as many TV movies including A Dangerous Affair and The Surrogate. Her last role was in 2012, appearing in the TV movie All About Christmas Eve alongside Haylie Duff and Stephen Colletti.

For the next 10 years, Sellecca focused on other business ventures and her family. She started her own now-defunct skin care line called The Sellecca Solution, which was already available for purchase through QVC. In 1992, she married musician and TV personality John Tesh, and they have been together ever since. (Her first husband of hers was Gil Gerard, to whom she was married from 1979 to 1987.)

It was Sellecca’s faith that encouraged Tesh to become a born-again Christian, as he wrote in his Bible reading plan, Relentless. The subject came up at the first meeting.

“Connie suggested I might like her church. She told me that’s how she spent her Sundays, so if we wanted to spend the little free time we each had together, I might consider giving it a try,” Tesh said. . “I liked Connie, so of course I was interested in her church. Ultimately, I would fall in love with Connie and her church.”

After Sellecca’s TV career ended, his radio career began. Her program, Intelligence For Your Health, is broadcast on radio stations across the country and covers wellness topics including skin care, diet and fitness. She also hosts Intelligence For Your Life TV with Tesh and her son Gib Gerard from her first marriage.

With Tesh and Sellecca married and working on radio together, it’s no surprise that she was chosen to introduce him when he was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2019. lights in the room before she finished her speech, Tesh sent her prize back.

“What happened on Radio Hall of Fame night with Connie Sellecca was a horrible mistake and I couldn’t apologize more,” Susy Schultz, the museum’s executive director, said in a statement to Robert Feder. “She is a strong and important voice that must not be silenced. She is a woman with a successful multifaceted career and a keen business sense who has navigated the worlds of acting, modeling, television, production and digital broadcasting.”

Tesh and Sellecca also founded the Sellecca-Tesh Foundation together. The organization offers patients with dementia and other neurological disorders access to music therapy. Sellecca was also a spokesperson for Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

In 2015, Tesh was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and while he initially struggled with the diagnosis, he credited Sellecca with helping him keep going.

“My wife knew how much I enjoyed being by the sea,” he told the San Diego Union Tribune in 2020. “Water is a big thing for me. [Hotel del Coronado]. I went out on the water and watched the Navy Seals suffer [in training].”

In 2021, Tesh told People that his cancer had returned in October 2020 and he was able to beat it again. Once again, he said that Sellecca played a big role in his fight.

“If she hadn’t been my champion and such a brilliant study of prostate cancer, I wouldn’t have made it,” he said. “We’d go in and meet new doctors, and after about half an hour of talking they’d turn to her and say, ‘Are you in the medical field?'”

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These days, Sellecca is living a much more private life than when she was a soap opera star. Her only social media presence is her official Facebook page where she claims she is both a mother and grandmother. The 28-year-old daughter she shares with Tesh, Prima Tesh, is a pilates instructor and dancer and occasionally shares photos of her family on her Instagram.

Sellecca rarely does interviews these days. But in 1990, she spoke fondly of her time at the Hotel while talking to Orange Coast magazine.

“I just loved making Hotel. I loved the people—[producer] Aaron Spelling was wonderful to work with – I loved the cast and crew,” she said. “And our views were very respected and valued on the show. I’ve also had the opportunity – not every week – but many times, to do interesting work, and I’ve received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Series for a few of them. Over the five years the series has run, we’ve all done a lot. [growing] together. It became a big family and as a family we had deaths – losing Ann Baxter – and illness. One of the cast contracted cancer. jim [Brolin] and I had painful divorces, another couple got married.”

For now, it looks like Sellecca can be found more often on her radio show — and alongside Tesh.

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