Janine Turner (born Janine Loraine Gauntt; December 6, 1962) is an American actress best known for her roles as Maggie O'Connell in the 1990 - 1995 television show Northern Exposure, and as Dr. Dana Stowe on the Lifetime original series Strong Medicine from 2000 - 2002. Turner was born Janine Loraine Gauntt in Lincoln, Nebraska, the daughter of Janice Loraine, a real estate agent, and Turner Maurice Gauntt, Jr., a pilot for Braniff Airways. Her father is from East Texas, while her mother is from South Texas. She has a brother, Tim, and was raised in Euless, Texas. In 1978, the fifteen-year old Turner 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.