Seventy-eight years old today, Constance Towers was a muse of Sam Fuller but first found fame in the remarkable Over-Exposed (1955) with Richard Crenna and Cleo Moore, about a gangster and a girl on the make. This is really Cleo's film all the way through and there are some great lines...'You'd use your grandmother's bones to open a cash register if you could....'
Constance makes a very strong appearance here and it's unfortunate that her noir outings were so very restricted.
Constance is married to actor John Gavin, who was US ambassador to Mexico during the Reagan years. In the early sixties, Constance teamed up with Sam Fuller for two seminal works - Shock Corridor (1963) in which a journalist commits himself to a mental institution to solve a murder; and The Naked Kiss (1964) in which she plays a prostitute trying to seek redemption in a small town but unable to escape her past. Anthony Eisley has a strong role in this movie too.
Constance continues to work today, most recently in General Hospital.