Jeri Lynn Zimmerman Ryan was born on this day in 1968. Many of us know her best for her portrayal of Seven of Nine on Star Trek: Voyager from 1997-2001. She also started as Veronica “Ronnie” Cooke on Boston Public from 2001-04.
Ryan was chosen Miss Illinois in 1989 and was third runner-up in the 1990 Miss America Pageant. She sang “On My Own” from Les Miserables for her talent competition.
In 1991, she married investment banker Jack Ryan. Ryan would later run for Senate in Illinois. When the couple divorced in 1999, the divorce records were sealed at their mutual request saying the documents would be harmful to their son.
During the 2004 campaign, Ryan’s potential opponent in the general election displayed his usual campaign tactics by forcing open the sealed divorce records of his primary opponent as well as Ryan’s divorce records. At the request of The Chicago Tribune, David Axlerod’s former employer, California Judge Robert Schnider unsealed the custody papers in the Ryan divorce.
That potential opponent? Barack Obama who had been trailing in the polls to both his primary opponent and Ryan.
Jeri Ryan is now a regular cast member on Body of Proof, playing Kate Murphy on the ABC medical drama.