Janine Turner is a native of Fort Worth and comes from a long line of Texans, including Anson Jones, the last President of the Republic of Texas. Her father is from Athens, Texas and is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is a member of the elite few who were the first to fly Mach 2 in the 1960s. His aircraft was the famous B-58 Hustler. Her mother, a former beauty queen and successful real estate agent, is from San Antonio, and was educated at Trinity University. Janine and her daughter, Juliette, make their home in Texas on their beloved ranch, Mockingbird Hill.
Janine is a highly acclaimed public speaker, First Lady of Texas Anita Perry says, “After hearing Janine speak, I felt inspired, touched, motivated and – quite frankly – in awe. Her speech was riveting.” Ed Gillespie, former chairman of the RNC says, “Janine is a rare mix of talented actress and principled committed conservative. Her understanding of how entertainment shapes our culture makes her a potent force and sought after speaker.” Governor Sarah Palin says, “Actress Janine Turner was an eloquent supporter, particularly on the subject of women in politics and the strength and value of single moms who are committed to raising solid citizens.”
As a speaker Janine has inspired audiences such as:
*Red Cross Foundation Washington, D.C.
*Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C.
*Heritage Foundation/Claire Booth Luce Foundation,
*Texas Federation of Republican Women
*Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church in California
*Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County
*Houston Council of Drugs & Alcohol
..plus inspirational and motivational forums, breast cancer events, women’s inspirational events, single parent outreaches, Tea-Party and 9.12 events, Political Rallys, and the Special Olympic events.
Janine’s most recent projects are her own radio show, “The Janine Turner Radio Show – Hear the Thunder!” currently via podcast on her website, http://www.janineturner.com and the foundation she created and co-chairs with Cathy Gillespie, “Constituting America,” http://www.constitutingamerica.org – a foundation devoted to educating American citizens and students about the United States Constitution. U.S. Senator Scott Brown says, “I commend Janine Turner for continually shining a light on America’s founding principles. Her foundation, Constituting America, an excellent resource especially for young people.”
She is an avid reader and writer, with a passion for history and politics. Her Op-Ed articles have been published in media outlets such as Fox Opinion, the Daily Caller and she is an “Arena” contributor to Politico. She has appeared on numerous television news shows including: Fox and Friends, Hannity, Glenn Beck, Huckabee, Megyn Kelly, The O’Reilly Factor, Neil Cavuto, CNN’s Larry King Live, The Joy Behar Show and The Parker/Spitzer Show. She is a frequent guest on the Laura Ingraham, William Bennett, Lou Dobbs, Steve Gill Show and Glenn Beck radio shows and is a sought after regular guest on other popular radio shows across the country.
Along with Janine’s published Op-Eds, Janine has written 90 essays on the Constitution and the Federalist Papers and is a regular Blogger. The video clips of her Speeches, her Fox Opinion Op-Eds, Essays, Politico contributions, Blogs and Radio Show Podcasts may all viewed on her website, http://www.janineturner.com
Janine’s heartfelt mission is to make a cultural impact on America’s youth and citizens by building awareness of America’s founding principles and values. Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday says, “Like a modern Paul Revere, Turner will keep spreading the word about our founding fathers.”
She is the author of the Washington Post bestseller book, Holding Her Head High: 12 Single Mothers Who Championed Their Children and Changed History published by Thomas Nelson Publishers. Most recently, Janine and her daughter, Juliette, completed an album, Mockingbird Hill, for which they composed music and lyrics. It is available on iTunes, Amazon.com and other online music stores.
Janine proudly served as a member of President Bush’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and continues to encourage volunteerism across the country. She traveled across the country volunteering and acknowledging great volunteers with Presidential Volunteer Service Awards at places such as: the Walter Reed Hospital, the American Red Cross, The Boys and Girls Club of America and Single Mother outreaches such as, My Sister’s Place and Inwood House, the Pregnancy Resource Council, Texas Ballet Theatre, the Lois Weber Film Collection, the USA Film Festival, the Inwood House, and Single Parent Outreach of Richland Hills Church of Christ. She held her first, “Holding Her High Awards Ceremony” in Washington DC in 2008 honoring Single Mothers such as Congresswomen Kay Granger and Ellen Tauscher.
Janine is best known for her role as Maggie O’Connell’ in the Emmy Award-winning CBS series, Northern Exposure, for which she earned three Golden Globe nominations and an Emmy nomination. Janine has also starred in the top rated, hit Lifetime series, Strong Medicine and NBC’s critically acclaimed, Friday Night Lights. She has starred in numerous films including Cliffhanger with Sylvester Stallone, Robert Altman’s Dr. T and the Women, and Steel Magnolias. Janine has been awarded People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful and Best Dressed, Us Magazine’s 10 Sexiest and Esquire Magazine’s Women We Love. She is the recipient of the Women at Work Award from the National Commission on Working Women.
Always creating, Janine has produced, directed and acted in an award winning short film, Trip in a Summer Dress for which she won the coveted Best New Emerging Director for a short film at the Deep Ellum Film Festival. She, also, produced and starred in a Christian Yoga DVD, “Christoga.”
Janine developed a love for the arts at a young age. When she was three, her family moved to Euless, Texas, where Janine began studying acting and dance. In junior high school, she began an apprenticeship with the Fort Worth Ballet and established a successful modeling career in Dallas, which in turn led to her signing with the well-known Wilhelmina Modeling Agency in New York. At the young age of fifteen, Janine was the modeling agency’s youngest client.
Continuing to model in New York, she also attended the Professional Children’s School, and only a year later, back in Texas, landed a recurring role on the hit television series, “Dallas,” portraying Lucy Ewing’s best friend. It was then that Janine made the decision to graduate from high school a year early, give up modeling and move to Los Angeles in order to pursue her acting career.
New to Los Angeles, she landed a starring role on the late-night CBS soap “Behind The Screen,” spent a year on the long-running, “General Hospital,” as ‘Laura Templeton,’ and appeared in the feature film, “Young Doctors in Love.” After leaving, “General Hospital,” Janine attended Pepperdine University with an intention to major in political science. After a semester she was cast in one of the coveted roles, Shevaun Tillman in Dino DeLaurentiis, “Tai-Pan.” She traveled to China for ten weeks and upon completion of the film, moved back to New York City to continue her theatrical studies.
While in New York, Janine studied with Marcia Haufrecht of The Actor’s Studio and began working off-Broadway. She starred in The Ensemble Studio Theatre production of “Full Moon and High Tide in The Ladies Room,” and performed with the avant-garde theatre group, The Common Ground Theatre. During this time, she also held a supporting role in George Romero’s “Monkey Shines,” and had a memorable turn as Olympia Dukakis’ niece, ‘Nancy Beth Marmilion,’ in the acclaimed feature film, “Steel Magnolias.”
During hiatus from “Northern Exposure,” Janine flew to the Italian Alps to play a starring role opposite Sylvester Stallone in Columbia Tri-Star’s international blockbuster, “Cliffhanger.” Additional film credits include a starring role in “Curse of the Inferno,” and as ‘June Cleaver’ in Universal’s “Leave It to Beaver,” in Robert Altman’s feature film, “Dr. T and the Women,” with Tom Wilkinson in, “The Night of the White Pants,” and with Leslie Ann Warren in, “Miracle Dogs 2,” with Mike Norris is, “Birdie & Bogie,” and “Maggie’s Passage.”
Turner has also starred in a number of highly rated films for television. She starred opposite Jamie Sheridan and Hal Holbrook in the CBS telefilm, “Beauty,” a CBS movie “Stolen Women,” “Circle of Deceit” for ABC, “Fatal Error,” a TBS original film, and “Barbara Taylor Bradford’s, “A Secret Affair,” CBS’s “Walker, Texas Ranger,” among others.