Janine Turner

Last modified on: 01-07-2024 18:14:31

(Governor's Commission for Women)

Entered Office: 01-05-2024 Term Ends: 12-31-2025

General Information

Home Town: Valley View

Personal Information

Janine Turner of Valley View is a three-time Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actress. She is best known for portraying Maggie O’Connell in the hit CBS television series, Northern Exposure, starring in the blockbuster movie, Cliffhanger, with Sylvester Stallone and Universal’s Leave it to Beaver, and her series work on Lifetime’s Strong Medicine and NBC’s Friday Night Lights (filmed in Texas), among others. She has co-starred in movies with Richard Gere, Tom Wilkinson, and Anthony Hopkins, and recently starred in Patsy & Loretta (Lifetime) and Taking the Reins (Hallmark). Turner grew up in Euless and Fort Worth, starting her career at the age of three as a model with The Kim Dawson Agency, apprentice to the Fort Worth Ballet, and actress at Fort Worth’s classic theater, Casa Manana. She was recruited to model with Wilhelmina Modeling Agency in New York City at the age of fifteen and worked in Dallas and Los Angeles on the series Dallas at the age of seventeen. Turner wrote the best-selling book Holding Her Head High in 2007 about prestigious women spanning seventeen centuries succeeding against all odds. She created and hosted a talk radio show, The Janine Turner Show, in Dallas and Houston for over two years and served on President Bush’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. In 2010, she founded and co-chaired Constituting America, an organization with the mission to spread awareness about the relevance and importance of the Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution. Turner has given over 600 speeches as a visiting scholar nationwide both to students and adults, spanning a broad range of topics including women’s issues, motivation, civic duty, and faith. Turner is currently launching a musical about Belva Lockwood, the first woman to be admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court in the nineteenth century and run for president of the United States in 1884. Turner has five published books: The Pivot Principle, Finding Joy in Despair (CES), Holding Her Head High (Thomas Nelson), A Little Bit Vulnerable (Putnam Books), Wisdom for Each Day, and Artificial Intelligentsia vs Primal Sense (RSP). In addition, Turner has written several dozen published editorials and regularly appears on national television news shows as an opinion contributor.