Salome Jens

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Salome Jens
Salome Jens 1962.JPG
Jens in 1962
Born (1935-05-08) May 8, 1935 (age 84)
Alma materNorthwestern University
Years active1956–present
Spouse(s)Lee Leonard
(m. 19??; div. 19??)
Ralph Meeker
(m. 1964; div. 1966)

Salome Jens (born May 8, 1935) is an American stage, film and television actress. She is perhaps best known for portraying the Female Changeling on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in the 1990s.

Early years[edit]

Jens was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Salomea (née Szujewska) and Arnold John Jens, a farmer and builder.[1] In an article from July 1969, she remarked that "the only time I can imagine contemplating suicide would be if I was told that I had to go back and live in Milwaukee forever", a comment for which she later apologized.[2]

Jens was a dramatics major at Northwestern University, and she was a dance student of Martha Graham.[3] In New York she studied acting at HB Studio[4].


She appeared in the role of "The Thief" in the New York premiere production of Jean Genet's The Balcony. She won excellent notices playing Josie in A Moon for the Misbegotten at the downtown Circle in the Square Theatre in the late 1960s in New York, and she did a Cleopatra at Stratford.

Jens' film debut was in the title role of Terror from the Year 5000 (1958), which was later featured in the eighth Season of Mystery Science Theater 3000. She subsequently had roles in films such as Angel Baby (1961), The Fool Killer (1965), Seconds (1966), Me, Natalie (1969), Savages (1972), The Boy Who Talked to Badgers (1975), Diary of the Dead (1976), Cloud Dancer (1980), Harry's War (1981) and Just Between Friends (1986).

Jens appeared in the April 7, 1962, episode of The Defenders, "The Naked Heiress," where she portrayed a college educated stripper romantically involved with a much older professor who, in a drunken state, was tricked by her conniving mother into changing his will, making Jens's character the heir to his entire estate. In 1963 she appeared in an episode of The Untouchables, "The Man in the Cooler," an episode of The Outer Limits, "Corpus Earthling", and the I Spy episode "A Room with a Rack" in 1967, as a globe-trotting pilot friend of Kelly Robinson and Alexander Scott. She was cast as a prisoner in "The Wagon", a 1970 episode of Bonanza.

In 1971, she portrayed a widow with two children in the Gunsmoke episode, "Captain Sligo," with Richard Basehart in the title role as an Irish cattle buyer who courts her. In 1974 she guest-starred in an episode of McMillan and Wife, "Reunion In Terror", and on The New Land. She appeared on Gibbsville in 1976. In 1976–77 Jens played the role of Mae Olinski on the soap spoof Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. She appeared on the scripted talk show Meeting of Minds, hosted by Steve Allen (S03E05 and S03E06, 1979), portraying Empress Theodora.

In 1986 she appeared in The Colbys, Cagney & Lacey, and MacGyver. She appeared in several episodes of Falcon Crest (1987) and The Hogan Family (1989), and in a 1990 episode of The Wonder Years. Jens played Clark Kent's mother Martha Kent in several episodes of the TV series Superboy (1988-92). In 1992-93 she appeared in a three-episode arc of season 7 of L.A. Law. She appeared as Joan Campbell in several episodes of Melrose Place in season 1 (1992-93) and again later in an episode of season 6 (1997).

Jens appeared in a 1993 episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation as an "Ancient humanoid", a member of the race responsible for populating the galaxy with humanoid lifeforms, and had a recurring role spanning 5 seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space 9 as the totalitarian Female Changeling (1994-99).

Jens narrated a number of documentaries including The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century and the 1986 film, The Clan of the Cave Bear. She also voiced the female Guardian in the Green Lantern movie (2011).




Year Title Role Notes
1956 Showdown at Ulcer Gulch Bryn Mawr Short
1961 Angel Baby Angel Baby
1965 Violent Journey Mrs. Dodd
1966 Seconds Nora Marcus
1969 Me, Natalie Shirley Norton
1972 Savages Emily Penning
1976 Diary of the Dead Vera
1980 Cloud Dancer Jean Randolph
1981 Harry's War Wilda Crawley
1986 Just Between Friends Helga
1998 I'm Losing You Diantha Krohn
2001 Room 101 Edie
2014 A Place for Heroes Older Lily
2016 Norm of the North Councilwoman Klubeck (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
1958 Kraft Television Theatre Rita "The Eighty Seventh Precinct"
1958 The Investigator The Sought-for Wife "1.7"
1959 Play of the Week Dunyasha "The Cherry Orchard"
1961 The Million Dollar Incident Sheila TV film
1961 The United States Steel Hour Gerta Blake "Man on the Mountain Top"
1961 Great Ghost Tales Emily Hunter "Who Is the Fairest One of All?"
1962 The Defenders Fay Dumont "The Naked Heiress"
1962 Naked City Ellen Annis "Goodbye Mama, Hello Auntie Maud"
1962 Stoney Burke Mavis Hazelton "Spin a Golden Web"
1962 The Untouchables Eva Tobek "Arsenal"
1963 The Untouchables Marcie Remp "The Man in the Cooler"
1963 Alcoa Premiere Madelyn Warren "The Dark Labyrinth"
1963 The Outer Limits Laurie Cameron "Corpus Earthling"
1966 The Rat Patrol Patricia Bauer "The Blind Man's Bluff Raid"
1966 Barefoot in Athens Theodote TV film
1967 I Spy Lindy "A Room with a Rack"
1967 Love Is a Many Splendored Thing Audrey Hurley TV film
1970 Bonanza Madge Tucker "The Wagon"
1970 Medical Center Dr. Abby Whitten "Undercurrent"
1971 The Deadly Dream Mary TV film
1971 Gunsmoke Josephine Burney "Captain Sligo"
1973 Gunsmoke Katherine "Talbot"
1974 ABC's Wide World of Entertainment Ann "The Satan Murders"
1974 McMillan & Wife 'Boom Boom' Parkins "Reunion in Terror"
1974 Parker Adderson, Philosopher Alice TV short
1975 Medical Center Heather Caddison "The Fourth Sex: Parts 1 & 2"
1975 The Jolly Corner Alice Staverton TV short
1975 Petrocelli Leah Barnes "A Deadly Vow"
1975 The Boy Who Talked to Badgers Esther MacDonald Disney film
1976 The Blue Knight Christine Barnes "Everybody Needs a Little Attention"
1976 All's Fair Barbara Murray "Strange Bedfellows"
1976 Kojak Olga Nurell "Out of the Shadows"
1976 Gibbsville Phyllis "Saturday Night"
1976–77 Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman Mae Olinski Supporting role (seasons 1–2)
1977 In the Glitter Palace Judge Kendis Winslow TV film
1977 Sharon: Portrait of a Mistress Terri TV film
1977 Barnaby Jones Estelle Wilson / Rosalynn Vickers "The Reincarnation"
1979 From Here to Eternity Gert Kipfer TV miniseries
1979 Meeting of Minds Empress Theodora "Empress Theodora: Parts 1 & 2"
1980 From Here to Eternity Gert Kipfer "Pearl Harbor"
1980 The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story Ilyena TV film
1980 Hagen Margaret "The Rat Pack"
1981 A Matter of Life and Death Murphy TV film
1981 Hart to Hart Sylvia Williams "Harts and Flowers"
1981 The Two Lives of Carol Letner Dr. Miller TV film
1981 Quincy, M.E. Lana Chesnell "Dead Stop"
1982 Tomorrow's Child Laura Pressburg TV film
1982 Trapper John, M.D. Helen McCall "The One and Only"
1983 Uncommon Valor Nurse Ann Botts TV film
1983 Grace Kelly Mady Christians TV film
1983 A Killer in the Family Alice Johansen TV film
1985 Eye to Eye Nita "Dumb Death of Blonde"
1985 Playing with Fire Dr. Becker TV film
1986 The Colbys Mrs. McAllister "Fallon's Choice"
1986 Cagney & Lacey Ann McIntyre "Exit Stage Center"
1986 MacGyver Sister Margaret "The Road Not Taken"
1987 CBS Summer Playhouse Glenda Davis "Barrington"
1987 Falcon Crest Claudia Chadway "New Faces", "Sweet Revenge", "Manhunt", "Hunter's Moon"
1988–1992 Superboy Martha Kent Regular role
1989 Valerie Catherine "Paris: Parts 1-3"
1989 Cast the First Stone Sister Angela TV film
1991 Under Cover Hausman "Sacrifices"
1991 Before the Storm Hausman TV film
1992 Tales from the Crypt Mrs. Pritchard "Maniac at Large"
1992–93 L.A. Law Beatrice Schuller "Helter Shelter", "Spanky and the Art Gang", "Bare Witness"
1992–1997 Melrose Place Joan Campbell Guest role (seasons 1, 6)
1993 Star Trek: The Next Generation Humanoid Progenitor "The Chase"
1994–1999 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Female Changeling Recurring role (seasons 3–4, 6–7)
1996 The Lottery Faith Lloyd TV film
1996 1914-1918 Narrator (U.S.A. version) TV miniseries documentary
1997 Nothing Sacred Gussie "Roman Catholic Holiday"
1999 Star Trek: Hidden Evil Xa-Tal (voice) Video game
2001 Matisse & Picasso: A Gentle Rivalry Narrator (voice) TV short
2003 The Wild Thornberrys Humpback Whale (voice) "Ice Follies"
2010 Star Trek Online Female Changeling (voice) Video game
2010 The Event Old Violet "Loyalty"


  1. ^ "Salome Jens". Retrieved June 8, 2017.
  2. ^ Colleen Dishon (July 23, 1969). "Salome Jens Is Sorry About That!". Milwaukee Sentinel.
  3. ^ "Salome Jens Will Star In 'Virginia Woolf'". The Herald-News. New Jersey, Passaic. February 9, 1970. p. 20. Retrieved 29 June 2019 – via
  4. ^ HB Studio Alumni

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