Date of Birth
February 22, 1968
Place of Birth
Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Jeri Lynn Zimmerman
5′ 8″ (1,73 m)
– Often plays powerful, authoritative women
– Blonde hair and blue eyes
– Deep voice
Alex Ryan & Gisele Lynn Eme
Christophe Eme (16 June 2007 – present)
John Clemens “Jack” Ryan (15 June 1991 – 27 August 1999) (divorced)
Born “Jeri Lynn Zimmermann” on February 22, 1968, in Munich, West Germany, she is the daughter of Gerhard Florian “Jerry” Zimmermann, a master sergeant in the U.S. Army, and his wife Sharon, a social worker. Jeri has one older brother, Mark. As a “military child”, she grew up on Army posts in Kansas, Maryland, Hawaii, Georgia and Texas.
When she was 11, her father retired from the Army and the family settled in Paducah, Kentucky. She graduated from Lone Oak High School in 1986 (as a National Merit Scholar), and then attended Northwestern University, where she was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority. She graduated from Northwestern in 1990 with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre.
In 1989, Ryan was chosen as Miss Illinois. She competed in the Miss America 1990 pageant, where she finished as 3rd runner-up and also won the preliminary swimsuit competition.
– 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.
– [on her Seven of Nine costume] Initially, I would stay in the 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 rest room 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.
– 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. Fortunately, it sort of worked for the character that I wouldn’t know any of the backstories of the people on Voyager, because she was coming in cold, like I was. That was actually helpful as opposed to detrimental.
– I grew up as an Army brat, so I moved around a lot as a child. Always being the new kid was tough, but it taught me to be very adaptable and it certainly got me ready for the nomadic life of an actor!
– Miss Illinois 1989. Was fourth in the 1990 Miss America Pageant and won the swimsuit competition.
– Graduated from Lone Oak High School in Paducah, Kentucky in 1986 as a National Merit Scholar.
– Graduated from Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Theatre in 1990. Was a member of the Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Sorority.
– Turned down a cameo in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) because of her busy schedule on Boston Public (2000). The cameo was subsequently given to her Star Trek: Voyager (1995) castmate Kate Mulgrew.
– Turned down the role of Seven of Nine on Star Trek: Voyager (1995) four times. She only accepted the role after repeated lobbying by executive producer Jeri Taylor.
– Has appeared on Jeopardy! Celebrity Invitational on April 29, 1998. Jeri played for St. Jude Medical Center.
– Has appeared in episodes of two different series titled “The Gift” for Star Trek: Voyager: The Gift (1997) and Dilbert: The Gift (1999).
– Restaurant scenes in Boston Legal: Spring Fever (2006) were filmed in Ryan’s restaurant Ortolan in Los Angeles, California.
– Her husband, Christophe Eme, is a French chef who owns the restaurant Ortolan. Ortolan is located on Third Street in Los Angeles, California. The restaurant serves French food with a modern interpretation.
– Has appeared in a photo shoot for a magazine opposite Lucy Lawless, both in costume as Seven of Nine and Xena. Ryan’s series Star Trek: Voyager (1995) and Lucy’s series Xena: Warrior Princess (1995) both began in 1995 and ended in 2001.
– Her favorite tearjerker movie is E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). Has watched the movie several times and cried every time.
– Her fans call themselves “The Jeri-holics”.
– She was in the running for the role of Mystique (Raven Darkholme) in the sci-fi action film X-Men (2000), which went to Rebecca Romijn.