Jeri Ryan, Star Trek's "Seven of Nine," Undergoes Disc Replacement Surgery
Actress who played Formerly Borg character on Star Trek Voyager, posts recovery photos to Facebook
December 8, 2019
In a case of life imitating art, Jeri Ryan has posted that she undergone disc replacement surgery. The Star Trek veteran is known for playing a character replete with cybernetic parts, so the news rings ironic.
Ryan was previously married to Senate candidate Jack Ryan, whose US Senate race fell to the Democrats after certain embarassing divorce papers came to light. The Democrat who captured the Illinois seat was named Barack Obama.
Jeri Lynn Ryan (born Jeri Lynn Zimmermann. The 51 year old actress is best known for her role as the Borg drone, Seven of Nine, in Star Trek: Voyager, for which she was nominated four times for a Saturn Award and won in 2001. She will reprise her role as Seven of Nine in Star Trek: Picard.
Ryan is also known for her role as Veronica "Ronnie" Cooke on Boston Public (2001–2004). She was a regular on the science fiction series Dark Skies (1997) and the legal drama series Shark (2006–2008). In 2009 she guest starred on the series Leverage as Tara Cole. From 2011 to 2013, she starred as Dr. Kate Murphy in the ABC drama series Body of Proof. In 2016, she began appearing as Veronica Allen on the Amazon Prime series Bosch.
In 1990, while dealing blackjack at a charity event, the actress met investment banker and future Republican political candidate Jack Ryan. The couple married on June 15, 1991, and had a son, Alex, on August 15, 1994. Throughout the marriage, they took turns commuting between Los Angeles and Chicago for their careers, but divorced on August 27, 1999. 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. A few years after she joined the Voyager cast, Ryan began dating Star Trek: Voyager producer Brannon Braga.
Between February and November 2000, they were stalked by Marlon Estacio Pagtakhan, who was convicted for harassment and threats in May 2001.
When Jack Ryan's campaign for an open United States Senate seat in Illinois began in 2003, the Chicago Tribune newspaper and WLS-TV, the local ABC affiliate, sought to have his records released. Both Jeri and Jack agreed to make their divorce, but not custody, records public, saying their release could be harmful to their son.
On June 18, 2004, 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 reversed the decision to seal the papers in the best interest of the child.
It was revealed that six years earlier, 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 described one as "a bizarre club with cages, whips, and other apparatus hanging from the ceiling." Jack denied these allegations. Although Jeri only made a brief statement, and she refused to comment on the matter during the campaign, the document disclosure led Jack to withdraw his candidacy; his main opponent, Barack Obama, then won the 2004 United States Senate election in Illinois.
According to statements she has made in interviews, Ryan's main hobby is gourmet cooking. While starring in Boston Public, she moonlighted on weekends in the kitchen of the Los Angeles restaurant The House.
In 2003, Ryan met French chef Christophe Émé at a chef's charity event. The two eventually began a relationship, and Émé moved in with Ryan and her son Alex in their San Fernando Valley home. In February 2005, Ryan, a "lifelong Francophile", opened-in partnership with Émé-the restaurant Ortolan.
Located on Third Street in Los Angeles, California, the restaurant served French food with a modern interpretation. The two have appeared on Iron Chef America, where Émé and one sous-chef challenged Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and his two sous-chefs. The restaurant is seen in season 2, episode 26 of Boston Legal as Denny Crane (William Shatner) and Alan Shore (James Spader) are discussing the arrival of Courtney Reece (Jeri Ryan) at "her favorite restaurant." Despite its success, the restaurant was hit hard by the recession and it closed in December 2010.