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Janine Turner

Turner at the Governor's Ball after the 1992 Emmy Awards.
Born Janine Loraine Gauntt
December 6, 1962 (1962-12-06) (age 47)
Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1980 - present
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Janine Turner (née Gauntt; born December 6, 1962) is an American actress, most widely known for her starring role on the prime time television show Northern Exposure. From 2000 to 2002, she appeared on the Lifetime original series Strong Medicine. In 2008, Turner became a published author when Thomas Nelson released Holding Her Head High: Inspiration from 12 Single Mothers Who Championed Their Children and Changed History.



In 1978, at the age of 15, she left home to pursue a modeling career with the Wilhelmina Modeling Agency. Turner began her acting career in 1980, appearing in several episodes of Dallas. She continued to make guest appearances on popular television shows throughout the 1980s before landing the role of Maggie O'Connell on Northern Exposure in 1990, a role that earned her an Emmy nomination.[1]

After her breakthrough in Northern Exposure, Turner appeared in the big budget action film Cliffhanger, opposite Sylvester Stallone. Turner next appeared as June Cleaver in a film adaptation of television's Leave it to Beaver.

In 2004, she wrote and directed Trip in a Summer Dress, a film about a strong-willed mother and her children. She has worked with actor and director Mike Norris in a number of recent projects. In 2006, she appeared in a low budget movie filmed in Dallas, The Night of the White Pants. In 2006, Turner was appointed a member of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.[2]

In 2008, Turner's book, Holding Her Head High: Inspiration from 12 Single Mothers Who Championed Their Children and Changed History, was released. The book focuses on single mothers through history, such as Rachel Lavein Fawcett, the abandoned single mother of Alexander Hamilton.

Personal life

Turner was born Janine Loraine Gauntt in Lincoln, Nebraska, the daughter of Janice, a real estate agent, and Turner M. Gauntt, a pilot who attended West Point and flew for Braniff for 30 years.[3][4] Her father is from East Texas, while her mother is from South Texas.[5] She has a brother, Tim, and was raised in Euless, Texas.

Turner lives on a longhorn cattle ranch outside of Dallas, Texas, with her daughter, Juliette Turner-Jones.[6]

In the early 1990s she dated Mark Grace of the Chicago Cubs and even appeared during a game with Harry Caray in the broadcast booth.

As a conservative Republican, in the 2008 election, she campaigned for VP candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and expressed her concern for what she perceives as a decidedly liberal bias in the media as a guest on the Fox News Channel show Huckabee on October 25, 2008 and on the CNN show Larry King Live on October 28, 2008. Turner is a frequent contributor to Republican Party candidates and organizations, donating at least $7,000 over the past decade.[7]



  • Holding Her Head High: Inspiration from 12 Single Mothers Who Championed Their Children and Changed History. Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, 2008. ISBN 978-0785223245


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