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Heather Lauren Olson (born 12 November 1982; age 32) is the actress who played the Cardassian girl Jil Orra in the Star Trek: The Next Generation sixth season episode "Chain of Command, Part II". Born in San Jose, California, Olson is probably best known for her recurring role as Jan Spears in the daily soap Days of Our Lives (2000-2004).
Prior to her appearance on Star Trek, Olson was featured in the crime thriller Internal Affairs (1990, with Victoria Dillard, Scott Lincoln, Marco Rodriguez, Valerie Wildman, Jimmy Ortega, and Jeff Bornstein), the television drama Willing to Kill: The Texas Cheerleader Story (1992, with Dennis Christopher, Joanna Miles, and David Paul Needles), and the action film Bloodfist IV: Die Trying (1992, with Gene LeBell and Stephen James Carver) and had guest roles in episodes of Generations (1990), Lifestories (1990, with Joanna Miles), Quantum Leap (1992, with Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Stephen Lee, Fran Bennett, Kimberly Cullum, Meg Foster, James Whitmore, Jr., James Greene, Parley Baer, and Lanier Edwards), and Sisters (1992, with Elizabeth Hoffman and Ashley Judd and directed by James A. Contner).
Further acting work includes the television drama Lies of the Heart: The Story of Laurie Kellogg (1994, with Francis Guinan and Gina Philips), the television movie Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight (1994, with David Carpenter, Warren Munson, and Marilyn Rockafellow), the thriller Dead on Sight (1994, with Kurtwood Smith, Don Pulford, and Kim Koscki), the television drama Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story (1995, with Christine Healy, Ray Wise, Michael Cavanaugh, Judith Jones, Eugene Roche, Michael McGrady, Rick Fitts, Robert MacKenzie, and Alan Shearman), the family adventure Storybook (1996, with Gary Morgan, Robert Costanzo, James Doohan, Vinny Argiro, Zachary Benjamin, and Ed Begley, Jr.), the comedy Leave It to Beaver (1997, with Christopher McDonald, Glenn Walker Harris, Jr., and Fran Bennett), and episodes of Charlie Grace (1996, with Cindy Katz and Robert Costanzo), Mr. Rhodes (1996, with Ron Glass), and Suddenly Susan (1997, with Marcy Goldman and D. Elliot Woods).