Fast Facts

  • At age 15, began working for New York's Wilhelmina Modeling Agency, becoming one of the agency's youngest models at the time.
  • Her big break was playing bush pilot Maggie in 1990's Northern Exposure.
  • Named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World by People Magazine in 1993.
  • Made her directorial debut with the 2004 short film Trip in a Summer Dress.
  • Appointed a member of the President's Volunteer Service Council in 2006.
  • Memorably played the wife of the domineering father of a high-school football player on the acclaimed drama series Friday Night Lights in 2008 and 2009.
  • Recipient of the Women at Work Award from the National Commission on Working Women.
  • A political activist and supporter of Republican party causes, she is the author of Holding Her Head High: 12 Single Mothers Who Championed Their Children and Changed History.

Awards

  • 1993, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1993, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 1994, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 1992, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 1994, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Janice Gauntt — Mother
  • Tim Gauntt — Brother
  • Turner Gauntt — Father
  • Juliette Gauntt — Daughter
  • Alec Baldwin — Ex-fiancé

College

  • Attended Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA

Details

  • Birth Name: Janine Gauntt
  • Birth Place: Lincoln, NE
  • Birthday: December 6, 1962, Sagittarius
  • Profession: Actor
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