Janine has been busy starring in the feature film No Regrets
with Brad Johnson and Kate Jackson in Nashville, Tennessee. She also made her directorial debut with her short film, Trip in a Summer Dress
, as well as starring in the feature film Birdie and Bogey
. In addition to acting and directing, Janine has combined her love for children with her love for writing in her first children's book, Maggie May's Family Day
Janine is perhaps best known for her role as the plucky and independent 'Maggie O'Connell' in the Emmy Award-winning CBS series, Northern Exposure
, which ran for six seasons.
She recently completed two-and-a-half seasons on the hit number Lifetime one cable series, Strong Medicine
(produced by Whoopi Goldberg) where she starred as the no-nonsense surgeon 'Dr. Dana Stowe'.
Janine attributes her success to her beginnings in Texas. Her career began at the tender age of three, doing print and commercial modeling with the Kim Dawson Agency in Dallas, Texas, and she was an apprentice with the Fort Worth Ballet. At the age of 15, Janine signed with the renowned Wilhelmina Modeling Agency and became their youngest client working while attending the Professional Children's School.
Fittingly, her first television acting job was a recurring role as Lucy Ewing's best friend on the smash hit CBS series, Dallas
. She, also, had starring roles on the late-night soap Behind the Screen
and the popular long-running General Hospital
as 'Laura Templeton'. More >
Her big-screen credits include Robert Altman's Dr. T & the Women;
the international blockbuster Cliffhanger,
co-starring Sylvester Stallone; George Romero's Monkey Shines; Steel Magnolias,
in a memorable turn as Olympia Dukakis' niece 'Nancy Beth Marmillion'; as well as starring roles in Tai-Pan, Curse of the Inferno
and Universal Studios' Leave it to Beaver
as 'June Cleaver'.
Additionally, Janine has starred in a number of highly rated CBS television films, including Beauty; Stolen Women: Captured Hearts;
and A Secret Affair,
as well as, the ABC telefilm Circle of Deceit;
and Fatal Error
On stage, she starred in The Ensemble Studio Theatre's Off-Broadway productions of Full Moon
and High Tide in the Ladies Room.
Janine has studied with Marcia Haufrecht of the Actor's Studio. She has also performed with the avant-garde theatre group, The Common Ground Theatre in New York City.
Janine has received an Emmy Award nomination and three Golden Globe Award nominations for her work on Northern Exposure.
She has been named one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People", one of US magazine's "10 Sexiest Women", and one of Esquire
magazine's "Women We Love". In 1992, she received the Women at Work Award from the National Commission on Working Women. Janine was most recently honored with the Topaz Award from Women in Film.
Janine lives in her beloved Texas on a 300-acre ranch with her baby daughter, Juliette, four horses, four dogs, two cats and her prize-winning Texas longhorn cattle. < Previous