Jeri Ryan

Jeri Lynn Ryan is an American actress probably best known for her role as Seven of Nine on “Star Trek: Voyager." Her other roles include parts on "Boston Public," “Leverage,” “Body of Proof” and “Shark," among others.

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Jeri Ryan described herself on Twitter as “Actress, wife, mom, foodie, and gardener. Not necessarily in that order. Occasional binge-tweeter.” Her fans are known to call themselves “The Jeri-holics.”


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She was born Jeri Lynn Zimmerman in Germany, a daughter of a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army, and growing up she spent time on military bases including Kansas, Maryland, Georgia and Texas. When she was 11, her family stayed in Paducah, Kentucky.


Jeri graduated from Lone Oak High School in 1986 and then attended Northwestern University as a National Merit Scholar. She also competed in beauty pageants and won the 6th annual Miss Northwestern Alpha Delta Phi Pageant in 1989. In college she threw herself into Greek life. “I’d go out every night of the week…not a lot of studying got done.”


She was also Miss Illinois 1989 and came in fourth in the 1990 Miss American Pageant.


After graduating with a B.S. in Theater, she moved to Los Angeles, where she landed roles on "Matlock” and “Melrose Place.” Her first job was an episode of “Who’s the Boss.”


But it was her role as Seven of Nine that garnered her the most attention. She said, “When I stared on “Voyager,” they had to tell me everything about “Star Trek,” because I knew nothing about it. I had never seen the original series….” As for the costume she wore, she needed a full-time dresser, as she couldn’t take it off or put it on herself. Even bathroom breaks required advance planning, so as not to interfere with the shooting schedule. She also kept telling her agent 'no' to the role because she was worried about being typecast, as most of the “Star Trek” actors have been.


For a while, Jeri Ryan was unable to go to conventions because she had stalkers. She now attends, as the conventions provide security.


She was married to politician Jack Ryan from 1991 to 1999. Disclosure came out during his campaign for a United States Senate seat that he had asked Jeri to perform sex acts with him in public at sex clubs in New York and New Orleans. (Jack Ryan withdrew from his candidacy and the seat went to Barack Obama.)


Jeri Ryan later married chef Christophe Eme. She has two children: Alex Ryan and Gisele Eme. She and her family reside in Los Angeles.

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