Jeri Lynn Zimmerman was born on February 22, 1968 in Munich, West Germany to Gerhard Florian and Sharon Zimmerman. She and her brother Mark grew up on several military bases, including Kansas, Maryland, Georgia and Texas. Finally, at the age of 11, her family settled down in Paducah, Kentucky. Later, after graduating from Lone Oak High School in 1986, she attended Northwestern University Chicago as a National Merit Scholar. While studying there, she won a number of beauty contests (a.o.- 6th annual Miss Northwestern Alpha Delta Phi Pageant in 1989).With a BS in theater, she came to Los Angeles and since then she has been on several television series and films - including popular series like "Matlock" (1986), "Melrose Place" (1992) and "Star Trek: Voyager" (1995) as well as "Dark Skies" (1996). Her television experience also includes roles in a variety of telefilms including Co-ed Call Girl (1996) (TV), Nightmare in Columbia County (1991) (TV), NBC's Ambush in Waco: In the Line of Duty (1993) (TV), "The Sentinel" (1996), The Last Man (2000), Men Cry Bullets (1998), Dracula 2000 (2000) and Down with Love (2003). Jeri Ryan resides in an area of Los Angeles with her husband chef Christophe Eme, her son Alex and daughter Gisele.