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Janine Turner is an Emmy and three-time Golden Globe nominated actress known to millions of fans for her role as Maggie O’Connell in the CBS hit, Emmy award winning show, Northern Exposure.
Janine’s film career includes starring in NBC’s Friday Night Lights, in feature films such as Steel Magnolias, Cliffhanger with Sylvester Stallone, Dr. T and the Women with Richard Gere, Night of the White Pants with Tom Wilkinson and in Universal’s Leave it to Beaver as June Cleaver. In her most recent movie role she portrays Anthony Hopkins’ wife in the feature film Solace. As a producer, director, Janine won Best New Director at both the Deep Ellum and Beverly Hills Film Festivals for her short film, Trip in a Summer Dress.
Acting isn’t Janine’s only passion or accomplishment. She is a four-time published author, creator of Front Porch Philosophy, an umbrella outreach which includes her latest two books, her daily podcast, Janine Turner’s God on the Go Minute, and an upcoming national Rocking Chair Wisdom tour encouraging “civil civic conversations – a dialectic seeking synthesis.”
Janine has a passion for America, the founding fathers and the United States Constitution. Concerned about the lack of knowledge and education regarding the non-partisan,relevancy of the United States Constitution, Janine founded and currently co-chairs the foundation Constituting America. Launched in 2010, it is the only non-partisan organization that promotes through the We the Future Contest the winners and their works – their movies, songs, PSAs, STEM creations, essays and speeches – on television, in the movie theatres, on the radio, in print, social media, and the internet to inspire other students and adults to learn about the United States Constitution. Janine speaks with students in classrooms across the nation, either in person or via Google Hangout, empowering the students to be a part of the government whether Democrat or Republican by utilizing the, “set of tools in their toolbox – the First Amendment,” to effect change through the legislative and amendment process.
Janine’s opinion-editorials and columns have been printed in the Washington Times, the Washington Examiner, the Daily Caller, and P.J. Media. Janine has been a regular political analyst on shows such as The O’Reilly Factor, On the Record, Fox & Friends, America Live and Varney & Company. She was picked as Chris Wallace’s Fox News Sunday – Power Player of the Week in 2010, other networks include CNN & Newsmax. In 2006, Janine was appointed by President George W. Bush to his Presidential Council on Service & Civic Participation. In 2013 Janine received the Daughters of the American Revolution – Mary Smith Lockwood Medal for Education.
She currently lives on her beloved three-hundred-acre longhorn cattle ranch in north Texas with her daughter, Juliette Turner, who is a three-time published author of Our Constitution Rocks, Our Presidents Rock andThat’s Not Hay in My Hair (Harper Collins/Zondervan).