Janine Turner (née Gauntt; born December 6, 1962) is an American actress, most widely known for her starring role on the prime time television show Northern Exposure. From 2000 to 2002, she appeared on the Lifetime original series Strong Medicine. In 2008, Turner became a published author when Thomas Nelson released Holding Her Head High: Inspiration from 12 Single Mothers Who Championed Their Children and Changed History.
In 1978, at the age of 15, she left home to pursue a modeling career with the Wilhelmina Modeling Agency. Turner began her acting career in 1980, appearing in several episodes of Dallas. She continued to make guest appearances on popular television shows throughout the 1980s before landing the role of Maggie O'Connell on Northern Exposure in 1990, a role that earned her an Emmy nomination.
After her breakthrough in Northern Exposure, Turner appeared in the big budget action film Cliffhanger, opposite Sylvester Stallone. Turner next appeared as June Cleaver in a film adaptation of television's Leave it to Beaver.