I recently caught a clip on Bill O’Reilly that surprised me. The ultimate flannel-wearing Gen Xer, Janine Turner of Northern Exposure fame, was a featured guest. Moreover, the actress is now a very blond, quite conservative radio talk show host in Dallas.
Talk about reinventing yourself. There may still be time for me to become a folk singer.
I kind of have this weird connection with Turner. In September 1997, I gave birth to my first child, a daughter. I named her Juliette. Several weeks later, I was standing in the check-out line at the grocery store when I noticed Turner and her newborn daughter on the cover of People Magazine. Her baby was born November 22, 1997, and she named her Juliette.
It wasn’t exactly the most popular name that year or any other year for that matter, but the story was also memorable because Turner would not marry the baby’s father. In an interview she revealed that she “realized during her eighth month of pregnancy that she would be on her own.” She has remained a single mom all these years, and for some reason the father’s identity remained protected for many years; however, it is now public knowledge that Jerry Jones, Jr., son of the Dallas Cowboys owner, is Juliette Turner’s father.
As I’ve shared many times before, I divorced shortly after Juliette turned a year old. During those first few difficult years, I found myself thinking about Janine Turner a lot and wondering how she and her Juliette were doing.
It looks like all has gone quite well for them. Mother and daughter have started a nonprofit organization, Constituting America, which seeks to educate people about the U.S. Constitution. (It turns 225 years old on September 17, 2012.) They’ve also created a country album together, Mockingbird Hill, which features the namesake song, Juliette. When you join Turner’s Facebook page, you can receive a free download of the song. Of course, how could I resist!?
Update, June 2014: Juliette Turner is now 16. She’s on Twitter and has a new book coming out in the fall, Our Presidents Rocks. She previously wrote Our Constitution Rocks. Follow @JulietteTurner.