Jean Paige Turco (born May 17, 1965) is an American actress. She is known for playing April O'Neil in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III. She is also known for her role as Melanie Cortlandt on the ABC soap opera All My Children. Turco was born to Joyce J. and David V. Turco in Springfield, Massachusetts, where she was raised. She took ballet lessons as a little girl and planned to become a classical ballerina. She attended the Walnut Hill School in Natick, Massachusetts, and performed as a soloist at the New England Dance Conservatory, the Amherst Ballet Theatre Company, and the Western Massachusetts Ballet Company. Paige graduated from Bay Path College in Longmeadow, Massachusetts (1987) and majored in Drama at the University of Connecticut. After suffering a career-ending ankle injury, she turned to acting and musical theatre.
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