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Valerie Wildman (born 6 August 1953; age 70) is the actress who played Nevala in the Star Trek: Voyager fourth season episode "Message in a Bottle". She filmed her scenes on Thursday 2 October 1997, Friday 3 October 1997, and Tuesday 7 October 1997 on Paramount Stage 8, 9, and 16.

Her uniform, which was also worn by Marilyn Blizzard in an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, was sold off on the It's A Wrap! sale and auction on eBay for US$1,475.01. [1]

Career[]

1980s origins[]

Wildman made her film debut in Splash (1984, with Patrick Cronin, Clint Howard, and Bill Smitrovich, The Falcon and the Snowman (1985, with Jerry Hardin), Salvador (1986, with Tony Plana and fellow Voyager guest star John Savage), A Fine Mess (1986, with James Cromwell, Castulo Guerra, Darryl Henriques, Keye Luke, and Paul Sorvino), Beverly Hills Cop II (1987, with Darryl Henriques, Ronny Cox, John Hostetter, Paul Guilfoyle, Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Jr., and Dean Stockwell). Towards the twilight of the 1980s, Wildman took her first telefilm roles. In 1988, she was in Justin Case (with Molly Hagan, Richard McGonagle, and Kenneth Tigar), Deadline: Madrid (with Marta Dubois), and finally in Break of Dawn, (with Tony Plana and Kamala Lopez-Dawson).

1980s television guest work[]

Career growth[]

In the 1990s, Wildman appeared in Internal Affairs (1990, with Victoria Dillard and Marco Rodriguez), My Blue Heaven (1991, with Ellen Albertini Dow, Ed Lauter, and Joel Polis), Neon City (with Monte Markham), Dangerous Women (1991, with Paul Carr and Leonard Kelly-Young), Josh and S.A.M. (1993, with Raye Birk, Ronald Guttman, Brent Hinkley, and Don McManus), My Family (1995, with Scott Bakula, Bibi Besch, Bruce Gray, Paul Robert Langdon, and Benito Martinez), Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995, alongside Robert Clendenin, James Cromwell, Gregg Daniel, Miriam Flynn, Castulo Guerra, Mary Mara, Scarlett Pomers, and Eileen Seeley), Fast Company (with Geoffrey Blake and Tim Ryan), Rumpelstiltskin (1995, with Max Grodénchik, Sherman Augustus, Mark Holton, and Patrick Massett), Dear God (1996, with Stephanie Niznik), Mars Attacks! (1996, with Gregg Daniel, Michael Reilly Burke, Willie Garson, Jeanne Mori, and Paul Winfield), Skeletons (1997, with Dennis Christopher, David Graf, Julianna McCarthy, and Christopher Plummer), and Inconceivable (1999, with Martha Hackett).

Beverly Hills 90210[]

Wildman's most noteworthy television role is that of undercover FBI agent Christine Pettit on the prime-time soap Beverly Hills 90210. Ostensibly, Pettit was the girlfriend of Jack McKay played by Josh Taylor whose ex-wife Iris was portrayed by Stephanie Beacham. Wildman was featured largely in the third season from 1992 to 1993. Her debut was that season's Thanksgiving-themed "The Kindness of Strangers" (1992) (with Clyde Kusatsu and Melanie Smith), then in 1993 was "Back in the High Life Again" (with Ann Gillespie), then "Dead End" (with Gillespie again) in which Pettit was revealed to be a federal law enforcement officer; her final appearance that season was "The Child is Father to the Man" (directed by James Whitmore, Jr., with Miguel Perez). Wildman resumed playing Pettit in the fifth season in the holiday episode "Christmas Comes This Time Each Year" (1994, with Beacham as well as Michael Durrell) and "P.S. I Love You Too" (1995, directed by Victor Lobl). In 2000, Wildman returned in the tenth and final season as Pettit resurfaced in "Eddie Waitkus" (directed by Chip Chalmers) and finally "Ever Heard the One About the Exploding Father?" (directed by Anson Williams, and with Matt Winston).

1990s television guest work[]

21st century work[]

Wildman's first film in this century was Crime and Punishment in Suburbia (2000, with Brad Greenquist and Marshall R. Teague), Cast Away (2000, with Nan Martin). Wildman got her first telefilm role of the decade in Mystery Woman (2003, with David Bowe and Clarence Williams III) and was later in The Last Sin Eater (2007, with Louise Fletcher).

The other television guest work Wildman received in this decade was on shows produced by Beverly Hills Cop 2 producer Jerry Bruckhemier who, for an entire year, had Wildman on a trio of his television series. First was CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (starring Wallace Langham, with Nan Martin, and also working with Greg Ellis) in the transgressive "King Baby" (2005). Next in 2006 were Cold Case (co-produced by Voyager star Roxann Dawson) in "Debut" (with fellow Voyager guest star Tom Virtue) and then Without a Trace (starring Enrique Murciano, with David Doty).

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