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Overview (3)

Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
Birth NameJanine Loraine Gauntt
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

This lovely, fresh-faced Lincoln, Nebraska native was born on December 6, 1962, to stalwart Texans Turner and Janice Gauntt. The younger of two children, she grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, and trained, while a child, in ballet, tap, theater, and modeling (from age 3). A cheer leading beauty into her teens, she moved with her mother to study at New York's Professional Children's School and was lucky enough to be picked up by the famed Wilhelmina Agency as a model (at 15 she was the youngest at the time to ever be signed). After some commercial work, however, she returned to school in Texas and happened by chance to find some minor work on various episodes of Dallas (1978).

This led to a Hollywood attempt at age 17 and a major TV break two years later when she won the role of Laura Templeton on TV's popular daytime soap General Hospital (1963), a role that required her long tresses to go from brunette to blonde. This, in turn, fed into another 1980s regular part on Another World (1964). Janine subsequently made her film debut in the daytime parody Young Doctors in Love (1982) that featured her along with other soap stars in cameos. In between, she managed find time to attend Pepperdine University but left when she earned a film role in the movie Tai-Pan (1986). At this stage of the game, she tended to specialize in cute and flighty roles, but all that changed when Janine won the role of spunky, crop-haired Alaskan air taxi pilot Maggie O'Connell opposite Rob Morrow on the eccentric prime-time series Northern Exposure (1990). It was role of her career, a meaty, delightfully quirky star turn that made her a household name. The show lasted six seasons. Since then, she has been able to subsist on a fairly full plate of TV-movie and film assignments. She's top-lined such women's mini-pictures as Stolen Women, Captured Hearts (1997) and A Secret Affair (1999), while in film playing a lady-in-distress co-star to Sylvester Stallone in the action thriller Cliffhanger (1993), "perfect Mom" June Cleaver in a film remake of Leave It to Beaver (1997) and one of Richard Gere's "women" in Dr. T & the Women (2000). She found another series regular role with Strong Medicine (2000) that lasted two years. Moving into directing, writing, and producing on the side, she is also dabbling in singing. She has a daughter, Juliette, born in 1997.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Trivia (15)

Was engaged to Alec Baldwin in 1983.
Left home at age 15 to join the Wilhelmina modeling agency.
Raised in Euless, Texas.
Living with her daughter on her ranch outside of Colleyville, Texas [2004].
Linked romantically to Mark Grace, and Troy Aikman.
Had a horse named Maggie.
Founder/co-chair of "ConstitutingAmerica.Org".
Hostess of a radio program on KLIF in Dallas, Texas.
Washington Examiner contributor.
Columnist for PJ Media.
Her acting mentor was Barry Corbin.
Best known by the public for her role as Maggie O'Connell on Northern Exposure (1990).
Release of her book, "Holding Her Head High: 12 Single Mothers Who Championed Their Children and Changed History". [2008]
Is a Republican.

Personal Quotes (22)

You can take the girl out of Texas but not the Texas out of the girl and ultimately not the girl out of Texas.
My desire is to stand up and brush myself off when I make mistakes and ask for forgiveness.
I love to ride horses, hike in the woods with Juliette and appraise Longhorns.
My desire is to be a forgiving, non-judgmental person.
My desire is to let go of my ego and let in His direction.
The ranch was raw land when I bought it and, for better or worse, I have designed every aspect of it from the corrals, the arena, to the barn, to the house.
I wrote my children's book because I believe there are children that are hurting and may need to know that there is love out there for them- God's love.
I have always been intrigued with singing and I actually started my career in musical comedies.
I, also, found the opportunity to work with the actors extremely gratifying and rewarding.
I now have great color sprinkled throughout my herd.
In 2003, I had the pleasure of acting in three films.
I have always written poetry but I have never applied it to songwriting.
Acting manifested as the primary focus over the years but now I am stirring the pot once again with my voice.
However, I do firmly believe in maintaining the integrity of the animal.
I don't believe in messing with mother-nature too much.
I am both proud and honored to be on the Board of Directors for the Texas Ballet Theater.
I have learned how to plant coastal hay, fertilize and bale it.
Longhorns are unique - each and every one of them is a different color with a different design.
The second purchase was my ranch, Mockingbird Hill. The third purchase was Longhorn cattle.
My desire is to walk with God every day.
My Longhorns are registered and I am a member of the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association.
Thus, during the winter of 2003 I ventured into a new arena as a professional photographer.

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