Jeri Ryan (Jeri Lynn Ryan aka Jeri Lynn Zimmerman, born 22 February 1968) is one of the most famous women in science fiction. She played Seven of Nine, a Borg, on "Star Trek: Seven of Nine." It was one of the most stunning roles in the Star Trek canon for several reasons, which we'll get to below. There's a lot more to this lovely lady than Star Trek, though, so let's take a look at her history.
Jeri Ryan was born in Munich, Germany.
Jeri's family was in Munich because her father was in the US Army. The family later lived in a bunch of other army posts, then Paducah, Kentucky.
Jeri went to Northwestern University.
Jeri was chosen as Miss Illinois in 1989. In the following year's Miss America Pageant, she was third runner-up.
Jeri went to Los Angeles to pursue acting. She got several guest-starring roles in shows like "Melrose Place" and "Who's the Boss?."
"Star Trek: Voyager" was not Jeri's first science fiction role. That was as Julia Stuart on "Dark Skies."
Jeri got the Star Trek role in 1997.
Jeri joined the show in season 4. Many think that she saved the series, which had been dragging in the ratings.
Jeri became the biggest star on Star Trek: Voyager with her form-fitting suits. They reminded some people of the Lycra/Spandex outfits worn by Erin Gray in "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century."
After Star Trek, Jeri appeared in "Boston Public" for several seasons in a role specifically written for her by series producer David E. Kelley.
Jeri then appeared in a succession of other projects, such as "Boston Legal," also produced by David E. Kelley.
Jeri also was in "Mortal Kombat: Rebirth" as Sonya Blade.
Jeri is famous in the political realm. She is responsible for Barack Obama becoming U.S. President.
Jeri married Jack Ryan on 15 June 1991.
Jeri met Ryan while she was dealing blackjack as a charity event.
Jeri and Jack had a son, Alex, on 15 August 1994.
Jeri and Jack divorced on 27 August 1999.
The reasons they divorced were sealed by the court. However, they later were unsealed.
Jack Ryan ran for the US Senate seat in Illinois in 2004. After much legal wrangling, all the divorce records were released by the court to the public. Neither Jeri nor Jack wished the records to be released.
During the divorce, Jeri had accused Jack of asking her to perform public sex acts with him in sex clubs in New York, New Orleans and Paris.
The sex clubs were full of whips and chains and cages. It all made Jeri uncomfortable. Jack denied everything.
The revelations forced Jack Ryan to withdraw his candidacy. His opponent, Barack Obama, cruised to victory.
Jeri loves to cook. In fact, she has on occasion cooked professionally.
Jeri played Courtney Reece on Boston Legal, and during one episode she was said to have had a "favorite restaurant," which was one where she worked on weekends.
Jeri married chef Christophe Émé on 16 June 2007 in the Loire Valley, France.
Jeri and Christophe had a girl, Gisele, on 2 March 2008.
Jeri won the Saturn Award for Best Genre TV Supporting Actress in 2000 and for Best Supporting Actress in 2001. She also had been nominated in 1998 and 1999.
Jeri was ranked #65 in Stuff Magazine's Sexiest Women in the World" in 2002.
Jeri at first did not want to accept the role of Seven of Nine. She turned it down four times before accepting it. Ryan felt that the role was nothing more than an "Intergalactic Barbie."
Jeri sang on "Star Trek: Voyager" twice. One time, it was with the Doctor.
Jeri was named after her father.
Jeri has a brother, Mark.
Jeri went to Lone Oak High School in Paducah.
Jeri was a sorority girl, in Alpha Phi Sorority.
The Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager was given Jeri's real last name, Zimmerman.
Jeri is a 36D.
Jeri is a Pisces.
Jeri played Dr. Kate Murphy on ABC series Body of Proof.
Jeri says that her Borg suit was so tight that she blacked out four times before it was fixed.
Some of Jeri's suits worn on Star Trek were auctioned off on Ebay.
Jeri offered to appear on Star Trek: Enterprise, but it never happened.
Jeri and her second husband opened the restaurant Ortolan in 2005, and it remained open until 2010.
Jeri helped raise funds for Haiti relief.
Jeri appeared with fellow Star Trek legend William Shatner on Boston Legal.
Jeri's appearance on Boston Legal also caused her to work with Corbin Bernsen, who appeared on Star Trek: Generations.
Jeri and the Doctor from Star Trek: Voyager, Robert Picardo, appeared together again on Body of Proof.