May. 17th, 1965
Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
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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.
Born to Joyce Jean (Jodoin) and David Vincent 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. Unfortunately, she suffered an ankle injury and had to give up the possibility of professional ballet. Paige graduated from Bay Path College in Longmeadow, Massachusetts (1987) and majored in Drama at the University of Connecticut.
Turco made her television acting debut in 1987, on the CBS soap opera Guiding Light as Dinah Marler, going on to 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).
She later starred in the number of small films and returned to television with role of short-lived 1994 NBC primetime soap Winnetka Road opposite 'Catherine Hicks'. In following television season, Turco starred in the another short-lived series, American Gothic on ABC. She later had a 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 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 co-starred in the Walt Disney Picture The Game Plan (2007).
She appeared in the multiple episodes of Damages, and guest-starred on The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She also appeared in the recurring role on Person of Interest as Zoe Morgan.
Turco starred in many independent films including Urbania, Astoria, Runaway Virus, and The Pompatus Of Love.
She is a series regular of The CW apocalyptic drama series The 100 (2014). In same year she also was cast as lead character wife of CBS's NCIS: New Orleans.
Turco recently finished filming two new movies, The Empath and Rhinoceros Eyes.
She met and fell in love with John Mese on the show and the couple got engaged shortly after the show ended. Turco and Mese went on to work alongside each other in Dark Tides and Road To Park City before the couple called off their engagement in 2001 and went their separate ways.
Turco is Roman Catholic. She is married to Irish actor 'Jason O'Mara' and has one child, 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 their home in Connecticut and also frequently visits relatives in Ireland.
- Paige and her husband 'Jason O'Mara' (qv) had similar career reversals in their early life. Paige trained to be a classical ballerina, then broke her foot at age 14 during a rehearsal, and was forced to end her dancing career. Jason was an avid rugby player until he too was sidelined by injury. While recuperating, he tried out for a school play and got hooked. Jason and Paige met while they were starring in the TV series _"The Agency" (2001)_ (qv).