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Name: Nana Visitor                                                                   
Birth name: Nana Tucker                                                             
Born: 26 July 1957 New York City, New York, U.S.                                     
Nana Visitor (born July 26, 1957) is an American actress, famous for playing         
Major (later Colonel) Kira Nerys in the television series Star Trek: Deep Space     
Nine (DS9) from 1993 to 1999.                                                       
Nana Visitor was born in New York City as Nana Tucker, and began her acting         
career in the 1970s on the Broadway stage in such productions as The One and         
Only. Her film debut (billed as Nana Tucker) came in the 1977 film, The Sentinel.   
On television, Visitor co-starred in the short-lived 1976 sitcom, Ivan the           
Terrible and from 1978 to 1982 had short-lived regular roles on three soap           
operas: Ryan's Hope, The Doctors, and One Life to Live. Prior to obtaining the       
role of Kira, Visitor co-starred in a short-lived sitcom based upon the film         
Working Girl and co-starred in a failed television pilot for a series based upon     
the comic strip character, The Spirit. After DS9 ended, she had a recurring role     
as a villain on the series Dark Angel and starred as Roxie Hart in the touring       
company of the musical Chicago to exceptionally favorable reviews. Visitor was       
then cast as Jean Ritter on the ABC Family series Wildfire which premiered on       
June 20, 2005.                                                                       
Nana Visitor is the narrator for the audio version of the novel "Mother of Pearl"   
by Melinda Haynes.                                                                   
The asteroid 26733 Nanavisitor, discovered in 2001, was named in her honor by       
its discoverer Bill Yeung (who has discovered hundreds of asteroids).               
On talking with the fans, Nana says, "I don't get what my signature is supposed     
to mean if we haven't had some kind of exchange".                                   
She is claustrophobic. During the filming of the DS9 episode "Second Skin," Nana     
struggled terribly with the rubber make-up her character, Kira Nerys, had to         
In 1993, Nana recorded an audio adaptation of the Deep Space Nine novel,             
In 1995, Nana won the Universe Reader's Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress     
in a Genre TV Series for: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.