Paige Turco

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Paige Turco
Born Jean Paige Turco
(1965-05-17) May 17, 1965 (age 49)
Springfield, Massachusetts USA
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Jason O'Mara (2003–present; 1 child)
Children David O'Mara

Jean Paige Turco (born May 17, 1965) is an American actress, best known for her role as April O'Neil in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III.[1] Other notable roles include Melanie Cortlandt on the ABC soap opera All My Children, Terri Lowell in the CBS series The Agency, and appearances in American Gothic, NYPD Blue, Party of Five and Person of Interest. Since March 2014, she has starred as Abigail Griffin in the post-apocalyptic drama series, The 100.

Early life[edit]

Turco was born to Joyce Jean (Jodoin) and David Vincent Turco,[2][3] 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. An ankle injury ended the possibility of professional ballet. Paige graduated from Bay Path College in Longmeadow, Massachusetts (1987) and majored in drama at the University of Connecticut.[4]

Career[edit]

Turco made her television acting debut in 1987, on the CBS soap opera Guiding Light as Dinah Marler, and appeared on the soap opera All My Children as Melanie. She replaced Judith Hoag in the role of April O'Neil in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991) and later in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993).[4] She then starred in a number of small films and returned to TV with a role in the short-lived 1994 NBC primetime soap, Winnetka Road, opposite Catherine Hicks. The following season, Turco starred in another short-lived series, American Gothic on ABC. She later had recurring roles in NYPD Blue as Officer Abby Sullivan, and on Party of Five as Annie Mott, a single mother who is also a recovering alcoholic.

Turco starred in the CBS drama series The Agency as graphic artist Terri Lowell, from 2001 to 2003. She had a recurring role in the third season of Rescue Me as science teacher Mrs. Nell Turbody, and in 2007 was a regular cast member in the ABC series Big Shots, portraying Lisbeth, the ex-wife of Dylan McDermott's character, Duncan Collinsworth, a cosmetics company CEO. Turco also appeared in the 2006 film Invincible, playing Carol Vermeil, the wife of Dick Vermeil, and also costarred in the Walt Disney picture The Game Plan (2007). She appeared in multiple episodes of Damages, and guest-starred on The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.[5] She also appeared in a recurring role on Person of Interest as Zoe Morgan.

In March 2014, Turco began starring as a series regular in The CW post-apocalyptic drama series, The 100.[6] In same year, she also was cast as the lead character's wife in CBS's NCIS: New Orleans.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Paige is Roman Catholic.[8] She is married to Irish actor Jason O'Mara and has one child,[4] David (named in honor of her father, who died when she was less than a year old). The family divides their time between Los Angeles, New York, and a home in Connecticut, and also frequently visits relatives in Ireland.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze April O'Neil
1993 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III April O'Neil
1994 Dead Funny Louise
1995 The Feminine Touch Jennifer Barron Direct-to-video
1995 The Pompatus of Love Gina
1996 Vibrations Lisa Direct-to-video
1998 Dark Tides Sara
1999 Claire Makes It Big Bronwyn Short film
2000 R2PC: Road to Park City Herself
2000 Urbania Cassandra
2000 Astoria Elena
2001 Dead Dog Perri
2003 Rhinoceros Eyes Fran
2006 Waltzing Anna Barbara Rhoades
2006 Invincible Carol Vermeil
2007 The Game Plan Karen Kelly
2007 The Favor Caroline
2009 The Stepfather Jackie Kerns

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1987–1989 Guiding Light Dinah Chamberlain Series regular
1989–1991 All My Children Melanie 'Lanie' Cortlandt Rampal Series regular
1994 Winnetka Road Terry Mears Series regular, 6 episodes
1995–1996 American Gothic Gail Emory Series regular, 19 episodes
1996–1997 NYPD Blue Officer Abby Sullivan Recurring role, 10 episodes
1997–1998 Party of Five Annie Mott Recurring role, 18 episodes
2000 Runaway Virus Jenny Blanchard TV Movie
2000 Silent Witness TV pilot
2000 The Fugitive Laura Chereaux Episode: "Pilot"
2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Pam Adler Episode: "Ridicule"
2001–2003 The Agency Terri Lowell Series regular, 44 episodes
2006 Women in Law Carolyn Fordham TV pilot
2006 Rescue Me Nell Turbody Recurring role, 4 episodes
2007–2008 Big Shots Lisbeth Hill Series regular, 11 episodes
2009 Taking Chance Stacey Strobl TV Movie
2009 Life on Mars Colleen McManus Episode: "All the Young Dudes"
2009 Damages Christine Purcell Recurring role, 6 episodes
2010 Secrets of the Mountain Dana James TV Movie
2010 The Good Wife Caroline Wilder Episode: "Unplugged"
2011 Blue Bloods Detective Ryan Episode: "My Funny Valentine"
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Kathleen Raines Episode: "Blood Brothers"
2011-present Person of Interest Zoe Morgan Recurring role, 8 episodes
2014-present The 100 Dr. Abigail Griffin Series regular
2014 NCIS Linda Pride Season 11 Episode 18 "Crescent City"
2014 NCIS: New Orleans Linda Pride Recurring role, 2 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ King, Susan (1991-03-30). "Paige Turco Moves From a Soap to Become the Ninja Turtles' Friend". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  2. ^ "Miss Joyce Jean Jodoin Is Bride of David V. Turco". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. 1964-08-09. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  3. ^ "Archives | providencejournal.com | The Providence Journal". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. 1995-12-03. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  4. ^ a b c "Paige Turco Biography". Tvguide.com. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  5. ^ "Paige Turco to Guest-Star on Blue Bloods". TVGuide.com. Retrieved January 21, 2011. 
  6. ^ Matt Webb Mitovich (2013-03-08). "Pilot News: Paige Turco, Once Princess, Oz Alum and Leslie Bibb Among the Latest Castings". TVLine. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Malcolm Barrett, Jonathan Slavin In 'Mission Control'; Paige Turco In 'NCIS' Spinoff". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  8. ^ Matranga, Stuart. "Paige Turco Interview from Stuff Magazine 2003". Stuff Magazine. Retrieved 2007-03-21. 

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