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Also Known As: Janine Gauntt Died:
Born: December 6, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Lincoln, Nebraska, USA Profession: actor, producer, director, model, cattle rancher

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An attractive leading player of the small screen, Janine Turner won fans and fame as the intelligent, down-to-earth, but unlucky in love Alaskan pilot Maggie O'Connell in the quirky CBS comedy-drama "Northern Exposure" (CBS, 1990-95).Although born in the heartland, Turner was raised in Texas where she began to compete in beauty pageants as a child. By age 15, she had moved to NYC to pursue a modeling career and within a year was under contract with the Wilhelmina agency as one of its youngest ever models. Then a pert brunette with long luxurious hair, Turner moved from posing to acting with a three-episode stint as a friend to Lucy Ewing (Charlene Tilton) on the popular CBS primetime soap "Dallas" in 1980. That experience led to her casting as a soap actress on the late night backstage melodrama "Behind the Scenes" (CBS, 1981-82). In a case of art imitating life, Turner soon found herself acting in a daytime serial, With her hair dyed blonde, she moved to ABC as Laura Templeton, a doppelganger for departed star Genie Francis, on "General Hospital".After leaving the soap, Turner floundered for much of the 1980s, making occasional guest appearances, generally of the damsel in distress variety, on shows...

An attractive leading player of the small screen, Janine Turner won fans and fame as the intelligent, down-to-earth, but unlucky in love Alaskan pilot Maggie O'Connell in the quirky CBS comedy-drama "Northern Exposure" (CBS, 1990-95).

Although born in the heartland, Turner was raised in Texas where she began to compete in beauty pageants as a child. By age 15, she had moved to NYC to pursue a modeling career and within a year was under contract with the Wilhelmina agency as one of its youngest ever models. Then a pert brunette with long luxurious hair, Turner moved from posing to acting with a three-episode stint as a friend to Lucy Ewing (Charlene Tilton) on the popular CBS primetime soap "Dallas" in 1980. That experience led to her casting as a soap actress on the late night backstage melodrama "Behind the Scenes" (CBS, 1981-82). In a case of art imitating life, Turner soon found herself acting in a daytime serial, With her hair dyed blonde, she moved to ABC as Laura Templeton, a doppelganger for departed star Genie Francis, on "General Hospital".

After leaving the soap, Turner floundered for much of the 1980s, making occasional guest appearances, generally of the damsel in distress variety, on shows like "Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer" and "Knight Rider". Features also provided little opportunities, as Turner was relegated to cameos (as in her debut, "Young Doctors in Love" 1972) or supporting roles in big screen bombs (like "Tai-Pan" 1986). the actress regrouped and returned to NYC where she studied acting and honed her skills in Off-Broadway plays. Perhaps her best-recognized role of this period was a tiny part as a spoiled Southern belle in "Steel Magnolias" (1989).

Although stardom seemed elusive, all that changed in 1990 with "Northern Exposure". Her hair now returned to its natural brunette and closely cropped, Turner cut a dashing figure as the tomboyish, insecure but strong-willed flyer. Her onscreen chemistry with Rob Morrow (as the New York Jewish doctor forced to work in what he considers the hinterlands) helped propel the series to success and each to 1993 Emmy nominations. With her newfound status, Turner attempted to establish herself as a leading lady in features with "Cliffhanger" (1993), but the special effects and her male co-stars Sylvester Stallone and John Lithgow overshadowed her. After "Northern Exposure" left the air, Turner filmed a busted sitcom pilot and bided her time. In 1997, she was cast as a frontierswoman who falls in love with the Native American who kidnaps her in the CBS drama "Stolen Women: Captured Hearts" and returned to the big screen paying homage to the moms of the 1950s as June Cleaver in the big screen version of "Leave It to Beaver".

Following time off for motherhood, Turner kept active in a string of TV-movies like "Circle of Deceit" (ABC, 1998, which she also co-produced), "Beauty" (CBS, 1998), a contemporary spin on "Beauty and the Beast" and "Barbara Taylor Bradford's 'A Secret Affair'" (CBS, 1999). The actress returned to series TV playing a headstrong surgeon forced to work with a female doctor at a free clinic in "Strong Medicine" (Lifetime, 2000).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Solace (2014)
2.
 Maggie's Passage (2009)
3.
 Black Widow (2009)
4.
 Primal Doubt (2008)
7.
 Birdie and Bogey (2004)
8.
 No Regrets (2004)
9.
 Dr. T and the Women (2000) Dorothy Chambliss
10.
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Grew up in Euless, Texas; veteran of child beauty pageants; named Little Miss Texas La Petite at age 6
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Moved to NYC at age 15
1979:
Signed by the Wilhemina model agency where, at age 16, was one of their youngest models
1980:
Made first television appearance in three episodes of the popular CBS primetime serial drama, "Dallas", playing a friend of Lucy Ewing's
1981:
TV series debut as regular in the behind-the-scenes drama "Behind the Screen" (CBS)
1982:
Played featured role of "blonde bombshell" kleptomaniac spy Laura Templeton in ABC daytime serial, "General Hospital"; Demi Moore cast as her sister
1982:
Made feature film debut in cameo as a soap opera actress in the uneven spoof "Young Doctors in Love"
1986:
Co-starred in "Tai-Pan"
1986:
Moved back to NYC; performed in several Off-Broadway plays
1989:
Appeared as Clairee's niece in "Steel Magnolias"
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Starred in CBS primetime comedy-drama "Northern Exposure" as an unlucky-in-love pilot; nominated for 1993 Emmy Award as Lead Actress in a Drama Series
1993:
First leading role in features, "Cliffhanger"
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Acted in the busted CBS pilot "Fully Clothed, Non Dancing Girls"
1997:
Returned to features as Mrs. Cleaver in the big screen version of "Leave It to Beaver"
1997:
Played a kidnapped frontierswoman in "Stolen Women: Captured Hearts" (CBS)
1998:
Producing debut, the ABC telepic "Circle of Deceit"; also starred
1998:
Starred in title role in "Beauty" (CBS), a contemporary retelling of the "Beauty and the Beast" story
1999:
Played leading role of a successful businesswoman in "Barbara Taylor Bradford's 'A Secret Affair'"
2000:
Returned to TV series work as a regular on "Strong Medicine"; made directorial debut with an episode in fall 2001
2000:
Had featured role in Robert Altman's "Dr. T and the Women"
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Notes

"I was always the Victim of the Week, yelling 'Oh, help me!' just before Knight Rider or the A-Team would come to rescue me." --Turner reflecting on her mid-1980s career, when she was stuck playing a series of beautiful but vacuous women, quoted in Entertainment Weekly, May 3, 1991.

On returning to NYC to live at age 24, Turner told Parade (July 9, 2000): "I'd reached a point where I didn't respect what I was doing anymore. I thought if I could educate myself about acting, then maybe I could respect it again ... New York became my own liberal arts degree. I spent my time taking acting lessons, going to symphonies, seeing Japanese films and reading The New York Times. It was a time for me to develop who I was."

"Horses are like Valium for me. I could be having a miserable day and the minute I get on my horses, I relax." --Turner quoted in Movieline, July 1997.

She is a member of the The Common Ground Theatre, an avant-garde theatre group for which, in addition to acting, Turner writes poetry and plays.

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companion:
Alec Baldwin. Had three, older.
companion:
Alec Baldwin. Actor. Engaged c. 1983; wedding cancelled.
companion:
Sylvester Stallone. Actor, screenwriter. Dated.
companion:
Sylvester Stallone. Married in 1934; divorced.
companion:
Mikhail Baryshnikov. Dancer. Dated.
companion:
Mikhail Baryshnikov. Priest.
companion:
Mark Grace. Died of cancer c. 1908.
companion:
Mark Grace. Athlete. First baseman for the Chicago Cubs.
companion:
Jerry Jones Jr. Son of the owner of the Dallas Cowboys; no longer together.
companion:
Jerry Jones Jr. Former old wildcatter.
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father:
Turner Gauntt. Pilot. Flew for Braniff for 30 years; Turner took her acting surname from his first name; had attended West Point; divorced from Janice Gauntt.
father:
Turner Gauntt. Actor.
mother:
Janice Gauntt. Born c. 1923; attended Ashley Hall at the same time as former First Lady Barbara Bush; she and Hutton's father divorced around the end of WWII.
mother:
Janice Gauntt. Real estate broker. Divorced from Turner Gauntt.
brother:
Tim Gauntt. Employment headhunter. Born c. 1959.
brother:
Tim Gauntt. Second wife; married in 1955.
daughter:
Juliette Loraine Gauntt. Born on November 22, 1997.
daughter:
Juliette Loraine Gauntt. Has three; younger.
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