Janine Turner is a native Texan raised by her father, Turner Maurice Gauntt, Jr., from Athens, Texas and her mother, Janice Gauntt, from San Antonio, Texas. At the age of fifteen, Janine journeyed to New York City to become the youngest model at the Wilhelmina Modeling Agency. At age seventeen, Janine was in Hollywood launching her acting career. After acclaimed success, Janine returned to Texas in 1995 to raise her beloved daughter, Juliette, on their Longhorn cattle ranch in North Texas.
Janine is an entrepreneur at heart. Besides being a single mother, she is an actress, author, speaker, singer, director, yoga enthusiast, rancher, foundation chair, columnist and political activist.
As an actress, Janine is best known for her Emmy & Golden Globe nominated role as Maggie O’Connell, the feisty bush pilot in the hit TV series, Northern Exposure, during which she was named one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful” and one of Esquire Magazine’s “Women We Love.” Other notable feature film credits include: Cliffhanger, Leave it to Beaver – as June Cleaver, Dr. T & the Women, Steel Magnolias, and the popular TV series – Friday Night Lights. Janine has recently completed three new film roles in Solace, opposite Anthony Hopkins, Occupy Texas, & Ivy League Farmer.
As a director, Janine has won multiple awards for her directorial short film debut, Trip in a Summer Dress and now is launching her first full length feature film as screenwriter, director and star in the upcoming, Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy. Amongst producing and starring in a Christian Yoga DVD, Christoga, and writing and singing songs with her daughter, Juliette, for their debut album Mockingbird Hill, Janine has authored two published books, the Washington Post Bestseller, Holding Her Head High about historical, heroic single mothers and the recently released A Little Bit Vulnerable – on Hollywood, God, Sobriety and Politics.
On fire to protect America’s Republic, Janine launched an award winning radio show, The Janine Turner Show, a foundation, Constituting America, and authored 85 essays on the Federalist. Her opinion editorials are published at the Washington Times, the Washington Examiner, Foxnews.com – and as a column at PJ Media. Appearing on The O’Reilly Factor every Friday for a year as a political pundit, Janine continues to be a frequent guest on Fox News.
Inspired by her appointment to President Bush’s Council for Service and Civic Participation, Janine created her foundation, Constituting America, which she co-chairs with Cathy Gillespie. Her mission is to educate America’s youth and citizens about the importance of the nonpartisan United States Constitution. She utilizes her Hollywood experience to encourage kids to write and direct short films, public service announcements and hit songs about how the founding document protects liberty.
Janine, inspired by her father, a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, speaks across the country to school kids and adults about preserving America’s principles and the United States Constitution, including a prime time speech at the Republican National Convention in 2012.
Janine continues to inspire audiences across the country not only with her artistic talents but with her speaking talents – on tours with such issues as single motherhood, civic duty, Constitutional politics, sobriety, health, her Christian Faith and on overcoming rejection – surviving her Hollywood 10,000 no’s.
Cathy Gillespie has held numerous positions in government and politics over the past 30 years. She has served as a congressional chief of staff, campaign manager, fundraiser and grassroots organizer. Women’s outreach has been a special interest of Cathy’s and in 2004 she served as Director of President Bush’s W Stands for Women effort and in 2008 helped Actress Janine Turner promote her Washington Post bestselling book, Holding Her Head High: 12 Single Women Who Championed Their Children and Changed History.
Cathy serves as co-chair of Constituting America with Actress Janine Turner (Northern Exposure, Friday Night Lights, Cliffhanger) – and has served in this capacity since Constituting America’s founding in 2010 by Actress Janine Turner. Constituting America’s mission is to utilize the culture and multi-media outreach such as music, film, internet and social media, to educate, engage and inspire America’s adults and students about the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the foundation it sets forth regarding our freedoms and rights.
Constituting America is the only organization that utilizes the movies, music and television with the kids’ own works, to inspire Americans of all ages to learn about the U.S. Constitution by distributing their works through the national media.
Cathy is active in a number of political and charitable organizations, having served until recently on the Board of Visitors of Virginia State University, and currently on the board of Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services in Alexandria, Virginia and the Joe Barton Family Foundation based in Ennis, Texas.
She has volunteered and raised funds for the Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation, Independent Women’s Forum, Foundation to Eradicate Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Histiocytosis Association of America, and the Susan B. Anthony List. She has served as a Commissioner on the President’s Commission on White House Fellows, and as a board member of Bishop Ireton High School.
After 25 years on Capitol Hill and in politics, Cathy has come to believe that in addition to participating in the political process, we all must work to educate our children and re-educate ourselves about the principles embodied in the United States Constitution, and upon which our country was founded. Cathy believes we all must engage in “culture making,” in order to preserve and protect these values.
Cathy is a graduate of Texas A&M University. She lives in Fairfax County near George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Cathy is married to Ed Gillespie, former Republican National Committee Chairman and Counselor to President George W. Bush. Ed and Cathy have three children: John, Carrie & Mollie.