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Facts about Jeri Ryan
Biography for Jeri RyanJeri Lynn Ryan (born 22 Feb. 1968 (45 years ago)) is a German-born American actress, best known for her role as the ex-Borg Seven of Nine on Star Trek: Voyager.
Early lifeRyan was born Jeri Lynn Zimmermann in Munich, West Germany, the daughter of Gerhard Florian "Jerry" Zimmermann, a Master Sergeant in the United States Army, and his wife Sharon, a social worker.She has one older brother, Mark. As a military brat, Ryan grew up on army bases in Kansas, Maryland, Hawaii, Georgia, and Texas.When she was eleven, her father retired from the Army and the family settled in Paducah, Kentucky. She graduated from high school in 1986 (27 years ago) (as a National Merit Scholar), and then attended Northwestern University, where she was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority.
In 1989 (24 years ago), Ryan was chosen Miss Illinois. She was the third runner-up in the 1990 (23 years ago) Miss America Pageant, winning the preliminary swimsuit competition. She graduated from Northwestern in 1990 (23 years ago) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre.
CareerAfter college, she pursued acting full-time in Los Angeles. She made her acting debut in Who's the Boss? and followed that with guest-starring roles in TV shows like Melrose Place, Matlock, and The Sentinel as well as TV movies such as Co-Ed Call Girl.
Her big break came when she won a regular role as an extraterrestrial investigator named Juliet Stuart on the TV show Dark Skies. The show was cancelled after one season, but the role had drawn the attention of the science-fiction community.
In 1997 (16 years ago) came her biggest role to date. Ryan was cast to play Seven of Nine, a Borg drone freed from the collective on the science fiction series Star Trek: Voyager. After Voyager ended in 2001 (12 years ago), Ryan joined the cast of Boston Public in the role of Ronnie Cooke, a frustrated lawyer who quits to become a high school teacher. The show's producer, David E. Kelley, wrote the role specifically for her. The show ended in 2004 (9 years ago).
Ryan has recently appeared in films, such as Down With Love. Ryan played Lydia in the independent movie Men Cry Bullets, with a rave review for her performance from Roger Ebert. Jeri then starred in her first movie lead in the indie comedy The Last Man, playing the last woman on Earth, released by Lion's Gate.
She also had a recurring role as Charlotte Morgan on The O.C. in the fall of 2005 (8 years ago) and guest-starred on David E. Kelley's Boston Legal in 2006 (7 years ago). Ryan starred in the CBS legal drama Shark, playing Los Angeles District Attorney Jessica Devlin opposite James Woods, but did not return for episodes aired after the WGA strike. CBS cancelled the broadcast of the series.
She debuted as defense attorney Patrice La Rue on the Apr. 7, 2009 (4 years ago) episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, her first role since giving birth to her daughter Gisele.
On Jun. 26, 2009 (4 years ago), it was announced that Jeri Ryan will play a recurring role on the TNT drama "Leverage", which begins its second season in July, 2009 (4 years ago).She will play Tara, a con woman whom Sophie (Gina Bellman) calls on for help.
Personal lifeIn 1990 (23 years ago), while dealing blackjack at a charity event, Jeri met investment banker and future political candidate Jack Ryan. The couple married on Jun. 15, 1991 (22 years ago) and had a son, Alex, on Aug. 15, 1994 (19 years ago). Throughout the marriage, Ryan and her husband took turns commuting between Los Angeles and Chicago for their careers, but finally divorced on Aug. 27, 1999 (14 years ago). Although Ryan mentioned in an interview for Star Trek that the frequent separations had been difficult for the marriage, the reasons for the divorce were kept sealed at their mutual request.
Five years later, when Jack Ryan's Senate campaign began, the Chicago Tribune newspaper and WLS-TV, the local ABC affiliate, sought to have the records released. Both Jeri and Jack agreed to make their divorce records public, but not the custody records, claiming that their release could be harmful to their son.
On Jun. 22, 2004 (9 years ago), Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Schnider agreed to release the custody files. The decision generated much controversy because it went against both parents' direct request and because it generally reversed the early decision to seal the papers in the best interest of the child. It was revealed that six years previously, Jeri had accused Jack Ryan of asking her to perform sexual acts with him in public, and in sex clubs in New York, New Orleans, and Paris. Jeri Ryan described one as "a bizarre club with cages, whips and other apparatus hanging from the ceiling."Jack Ryan denied these allegations. Although Jeri Ryan refused to comment on the matter during the campaign, the document disclosure led Jack Ryan to withdraw his Republican candidacy for an open United States Senate seat in Illinois, clearing the way for Barack Obama to win the seat, handily.
Ryan's avocation, according to statements she has made in interviews, is gourmet cooking. While starring in Boston Public she moonlighted on weekends in the kitchen of the Los Angeles restaurant The House. In 2003 (10 years ago), Ryan met French chef Christophe Émé at a chef's charity event. The two would eventually begin a relationship, and Émé moved in with Ryan and her son Alex in their San Fernando Valley home.In Feb. 2005 (8 years ago), Ryan, a "lifelong Francophile",opened—in partnership with Émé—the restaurant Ortolan. Located on Third Street in Los Angeles, California, the restaurant serves French food with a modern interpretation. They have appeared on Iron Chef America, where Émé and one sous-chef challenged Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and his two sous-chefs.
Ryan married Émé in the Loire Valley, France, on Jun. 16, 2007 (6 years ago).On sep. 7, 2007 (6 years ago), Ryan announced that she and Émé were expecting their first child together, a daughter, in Mar. 2008 (5 years ago). On Mar. 2, 2008 (5 years ago), Ryan gave birth to daughter Gisele Émé in Los Angeles, California.
Jeri was stalked by Marlon Estacio Pagtakhan while dating Star Trek: Voyager producer Brannon Braga. According to Crime Stories, aired on the UK Crime channel on 05/07/2009, the stalker had letters stating that he was going to sexually assault Jeri and torture her boyfriend Brannon.
FilmsNightmare in Columbia County (1991, TV)
Men Cry Bullets (1999, 14 years ago)
Disney's The Kid (2000, 13 years ago)
Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000 (13 years ago) (2000, 13 years ago)
The Last Man (2002, 11 years ago)
Down With Love (2003, 10 years ago)
TVThe Flash (1991, 22 years ago)
Just Deserts (1992, 21 years ago) (TV)
In the Line of Duty: Ambush in Waco (1993, 20 years ago)
Matlock: The Fatal Seduction (1993, 20 years ago)
Diagnosis Murder (1996, 17 years ago)
Pier 66 (1996, 17 years ago)
Dark Skies (1996, 17 years ago)
Star Trek: Voyager (1997-2001) (102 episodes)
The Sentinel (1999, 14 years ago) ( 2 episodes)
Boston Public (2001-2004)
Two and a Half Men (2004-2005) (2 episodes)
The O.C. (2005, 8 years ago) (7 season 3 episodes)
Boston Legal (2006, 7 years ago)
Shark (2006-2008) (38 episodes)
Law & Order: SVU (2009, 4 years ago) (3 episodes)
Computer gamesStar Trek: Voyager Elite Force (2000, 13 years ago)
Notable awards and nominations1998 Nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Genre TV Actress for her role in Star Trek: Voyager
1999 Nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Genre TV Actress for her role in Star Trek: Voyager
1999 Won Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series--Drama for her role in Star Trek: Voyager
2000 Nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Genre TV Supporting Actress for her role in Star Trek: Voyager
2001 Won Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on TV for her role in Star Trek: Voyager
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