(written from a Production point of view)
Mary Louise Meinel-Newport (born 6 March 1955; age 58) 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 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 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.