(written from a Production point of view)
Mary Louise Meinel-Newport (born 6 March 1955; age 66) is an actress seen in several episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager, playing Bolian background characters. She appeared throughout the first four years of DS9 as the female Bolian background character, possibly Lysia Arlin. She can also be seen in Star Trek Generations as a Bolian woman in Ten Forward.
Mary grew up in a family of seven children. She lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband, Gerald David "Jerry" Newport. The two have Asperger's syndrome, a mild form of autism. From previous relationships, she has two sons, Stephen and Peter, and 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 – the same name of a January 2007 autobiography written by the Newports (along with Johnny Dodd) entitled Mozart and the Whale: An Asperger's Love Story. The Newports also wrote a book called Autism – Asperger's & Sexuality: Puberty and Beyond, which was released in July 2002.