A woman of boundless energy and multiple talents, Candace continues to make her presence known. Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Candace carries on the legacy of her entertainment family–her mother, a singer/classical pianist, and her brother, Jeffrey Bowen, producer at Motown Records. After moving to Hollywood at the urging of her brother, she acted in ingénue roles on episodic TV and film, including Starsky & Hutch, Different Strokes, Baretta, Escape from Alcatraz and other projects, including one of the first CBS after-school specials, the Emmy® nominated Journeys Together. During her internship with Women In Film she learned about the people and projects in her new town. After attending several of the WIF Networking Breakfasts, and with the encouragement of producer Marian Rees, Candace started a Networking Breakfast in Malibu, where she has lived for many years.
She also started her company, Earlybird Productions, which has created many projects dealing with minority and women’s issues. Her first theatrical TV project was Playhouse 1990s, patterned after the legendary Playhouse 90 of the ‘60s, which received an Ascee Award for “Best New Cable Show.” In 1991 she produced the critically-acclaimed play Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery at the West Coast Ensemble. This production earned her the Dramalogue Award for Best Play, and two of the play’s four NAACP Theatre Image Awards that year.
In 1998 she launched the First Annual Women In Film International Networking Breakfast in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is the founder of the Women In Film Malibu Celebrity Golf Classic and is V.P. and Special Consultant for membership for Women In Film. She has also served on the board of the Malibu Chamber of Commerce.
Her last project, as Executive Producer, was the feature film Cuttin Da Mustard. Candace is currently working on her second feature film, State of Separation, written by Ian Lafkowitz, Josh Farbman and Warren Gumpel.