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Shannon Cochran (born 7 August 1958; age 56) is an actress who appeared in three episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and had a supporting role in Star Trek Nemesis. Born in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA, she has been married to fellow Deep Space Nine actor Michael Canavan since 2003. In a StarTrek.com interview, she mentions that she married her "Defiant" co-star Canavan, and that he was the only person, aside from Jonathan Frakes and Nana Visitor, she filmed the episode with.
Cochran has guest-starred in episodes of ER, Frasier, NYPD Blue, Seinfeld, and The Office (with Robert Pine). She had earlier worked with her on-screen husband J.G. Hertzler in the "Treasure Island" show at the Treasure Island Hotel in Las Vegas. Cochran is probably best known for her role as Anna Morgan in the mystery thriller The Ring (2002, with Richard Lineback, Joe Chrest, Stephanie Erb, Lindsey Stoddart, Keith Campbell, Chuck Hicks, and Michael Spound).
More recently, she appeared in episodes of J.J. Abrams' Fringe (2010), Off the Map (2011), Desperate Housewives (2011, with Teri Hatcher, Vanessa Williams, Brenda Strong, Mark Moses, and Kevin Rahm), and Scandal (2012, with Mark Harelik).