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Concetta Tomei (born 30 December 1945; age 73) is an American actress who played Minister Odala iin the Star Trek: Voyager third season episode "Distant Origin". Previously, she also co-starred in the ABC-TV series China Beach with such Trek alum as Robert Picardo, James Cromwell, Jeff Kober, and Megan Gallagher.
A seasoned theatre, film and television character actress, Concetta is best known for her roles as Major Lila Garreau on the ABC-TV series China Beach (1988–1991) and as Lynda Hansen on the NBC-TV series Providence (1999–2002).
From 1997-2011, Tomei played guest roles on TV shows, such as 7th Heaven, Touched by an Angel, Second Time Around, The King of Queens, Weeds, Numb3rs, Kitchen Confidential, The Closer, Cold Case, Ghost Whisperer, Nip/Tuck, Rubicon, Necessary Roughness, and Star Trek: Voyager.