Thursday, 26 November 2009

'Star Trek' - Spot the Aspie

Have you ever watched Star Trek?

If the answer is yes, then, have you ever seen this woman?

A blue Bolian who can often be seen in the background, either at Ten Forward on The Enterprise in The Next Generation or in Quarks Bar on Deep Space Nine.

If you have what you might not have realised is that the woman playing her is Mary Newport, the Aspie who has been one of the subjects of many of the articles I have posted recently.

Robert Mann BA (Hons)


Here is a bit of background about Mary Newport from a Star Trek website:

Mary Meinel-Newport is an actress seen in several episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager, playing a Bolian extra. She appeared throughout the first four years of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as a Bolian background character, possibly Lysia Arlin. She can also be seen in Star Trek: Generations as a Bolian Woman in Ten Forward.

Raised in Tucson, Arizona, both Mary and her husband, Jerry Newport, have Asperger's Syndrome, a mild form of autism. They have two sons, Stephen and Peter, along with two grandchildren. Mary and Jerry Newport's relationship was the subject of a 1995 LA Times article, which became the inspiration for a 2005 film called Mozart and the Whale – named after a book written by the Newports (along with Johnny Dodd) entitled Mozart and the Whale: An Asperger's Love Story. They also wrote a book called Autism - Asperger's & Sexuality: Puberty and Beyond.

Mary Newport appeared on Babylon 5 as a Centauri female (a series that starred Bill Mumy and Andreas Katsulas), and was interviewed twice on 60 Minutes, in both 1996 and 2004.

The source for this information is here:

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