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'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.
Ryan's outfits 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. We'll get to that below.
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, but the court felt it was in the public interest.
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 - and history.
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." Perhaps it was... but Jeri turned it into so much more. When Jeri joined the show in its fourth season, she rejuvenated it to the extent that she managed to appear in over 100 episodes (103 to be exact). It is very, very rare for an episodic series to even hit 100 episodes, let alone for it to last for another hundred episodes after it has two seasons in the bank. Jeri made it happen, staying on the show for its last four years.
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 in a Star Trek: Voyager episode in which she returned to the time of the original series.|
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." Really, though, nobody remembers her for that role, fine though it was. Dana Delany carried that series, though both ladies were in all 42 episodes.
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 for two episodes. Star Trek fans keep track of these things.
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.
Jeri now is one of those iconic television actresses, like Lucy Lawless, who seemingly can get regular roles on series virtually at will. In 2016-2017, for instance, she played Veronica Allen in "Bosch." On "Boston Public," the series she went to immediately after "Voyager" ended, Jeri earned $45k per episode. Considering that she spent three years (2001-2004) on the show, and filmed 59 episodes, obviously Jeri is in high demand. She earns it. As with "Voyager," she came to a show that already was in production and earned a regular spot, helping the show to stay on the air for several more seasons. That's talent.
When I started out on Star Trek: Voyager (1995), they had to tell me everything about Star Trek, because I knew nothing about it. I had never seen the original series, I had never seen Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). I think I'd seen a couple of episodes here and there - of the original series, probably. Never seen Voyager. Didn't know what a Borg was. They gave me a copy of Star Trek: First Contact (1996), the movie, so I could at least see what a Borg was. They also gave me a copy of the Star Trek Encyclopedia, whatever it is, so that I could bone up on my Star Trek knowledge.
There are three things pageant women do. There's the Vaseline thing, which I didn't do. There's duct taping your boobs, which I never did because I'm not into pain. The third thing is using athletic spray adhesive on your butt to keep your swimsuit in place. I did do that. So one out of three ain't bad.
Initially, I would stay in the [Seven of Nine] costume much longer than I ended up staying in it, because it takes about twenty minutes to get into. Someone has to dress me and undress me. It's a production break if I have to get out of the costume to use the restroom or something. It grinds to a halt unless they can shoot something without me, which typically they can't, if it's a scene that I'm in. So in the interest of being a team player, the first season, I would not take rest room breaks, I just didn't drink anything on set, which is not the healthiest thing to do.