Gloria Reuben

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Gloria Reuben
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Gloria Reuben, November 19, 2007.
Born (1964-06-09) June 9, 1964 (age 50)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actress, singer, producer
Years active 1985–present

Gloria Reuben (born June 9, 1964) is a Canadian singer and actress of film and television and producer, known for her role as Jeanie Boulet on the popular medical drama ER and for her role of Rosalind Whitman in the TV show Raising the Bar.

Life and career[edit]

Reuben was born in Toronto, to a classical singer mother and an architect father.[1] Her father was a White Canadian and her mother was Jamaican (as an adult, Gloria discovered that her father, who died when she was young, was Jewish).[2][3][4][5] Reuben is the half-sister of Denis Simpson, an actor and children's television host who died in 2010.[3] Gloria Reuben was the subject of a segment of Henry Louis Gates television genealogy series Finding Your Roots.

She began learning piano as a child and later studied music technique and theory, ballet and jazz at the Canadian Royal Conservatory.[4] Her career as an actress was triggered by a few jobs as a model and TV ad appearances.

Reuben is known for her role on the American television series ER as Jeanie Boulet, an HIV-positive physician assistant on the hospital's staff. She was a guest star throughout Season 1 and was elevated to full-time cast member at the beginning of Season 2. She continued that role until early Season 6, when she left the show. In 2008, Reuben returned to ER for one episode during its 14th season. She has stated that this role led to her HIV/AIDS activism.[6]

Reuben again held a major role in a television series, when she starred as FBI agent Brooke Haslett in 1-800-Missing (2003–2004).

She later starred as Rosalind Whitman in the TNT series Raising the Bar.

In 1996 she was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world.

In 2000, she sang back up vocals for Tina Turner on her Twenty Four Seven Tour.

Reuben guest-starred in the season two finale of Drop Dead Diva as Professor Kathy Miller.[7] Reuben also guest-starred in season 12 of NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit reprising her role as U.S. Attorney Christine Danielson.[8] In 2012, she appeared in the CBS TV movie Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt.

In 2012 Reuben plays Elizabeth Keckley in Steven Spielberg's historical drama film Lincoln and her portrayal of the character received critical praise.[9]

In 2013, she guest starred on the sci-fi drama series, Falling Skies.

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Wild Orchid II: Two Shades of Blue Celeste
1994 Timecop Sarah Fielding
1995 Nick of Time Krista Brooks
1998 Indiscreet Eve Dodd
1999 Macbeth in Manhattan Claudia / Lady Macbeth
1999 David and Lola Gloria
1999 Deep in My Heart Barbara Ann Williams
2000 Pilgrim Vicky
2000 Shaft Sgt. Council Uncredited
2001 Feast of All Saints, TheThe Feast of All Saints Cecile Ste. Marie
2002 Little John Natalie Britain Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Film
2002 Happy Here and Now Hannah
2002 Salem Witch Trials Tituba Indian
2006 The Sentinel Mrs Merriweather
2012 Lincoln Elizabeth Keckley Nominated: NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Detroit Film Critics Society for Best Ensemble
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2013 Admission Corrinne
2014 Reasonable Doubt Detective Blake Kanon
2014 Anesthesia (film) Unknown

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1986-87 Polka Dot Door Herself episodes
1990–91 Flash, TheThe Flash Sabrina 5 episodes
1995 Homicide: Life on the Street Det. Theresa Walker 3 episodes
1995–99, 2008 ER Jeanie Boulet Series regular; 102 episodes
Won: Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1996–99)
Viewers for Quality Television for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1997–98)
Nominated: Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (1998)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1997–98)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2000)
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (1996–99)
2001–02 Agency, TheThe Agency Lisa Fabrizzi Regular: episodes 1–13, 21–22
2002, 2007–11 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Christine Danielson (2007–11) / Violet Tremain (2002) 4 episodes
2003–04 1-800-Missing Brooke Haslett Series regular; season 1: 18 episodes
2005 Numb3rs Erica Quimby Episode: "Noisy Edge"
2008–09 Raising the Bar Rosalind Whitman Series regular; 25 episodes
2010 Drop Dead Diva Professor Kathy Miller Episode: "Freeze the Day"
2011 Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost Thelma Gleffey
2012 Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt Thelma Gleffey
2013 Falling Skies Marina Peralta 10 episodes
2014 Happy Face Killer FBI Agent Melinda Gand TV film

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gloria Reuben Biography (1964-)
  2. ^ http://www.interfaithfamily.com/arts_and_entertainment/popular_culture/Hollywood_Now_New_Fall_Previews.shtml
  3. ^ a b "Gloria!". Chatelaine. March 1999. Retrieved 2010-08-18. "Unfortunately, the interracial Jamaican family – her father was white, her mother black – was a conspicuous addition to the very white, very conservative community. "The realities of being a mulatto kid in London or Scarberia weren't always easy," says Reuben's half-brother Denis Simpson..." 
  4. ^ a b Williams, Kam (2008-08-28). "Gloria Reuben: The Raising the Bar Interview with Kam Williams". The Sly Fox Film Reviews. Retrieved 2008-09-14. "At 18, she won the Miss Black Ontario beauty pageant, although the crown did not come without controversy, as some people questioned whether she was deserving because one of her parents was white." 
  5. ^ Bournea, Chris (2007-04-03). "Gloria Reuben's Activism Moves from Screen to Real-Life Role". ThisWeek Newspapers. Retrieved 2008-09-14. "A Toronto native and daughter of a black mother and a white Canadian father..." [dead link]
  6. ^ KTLA Morning Show interview, October 9, 2008.
  7. ^ "Exclusive: Gloria Reuben to Guest-Star on Drop Dead Diva". TVGuide.com. 
  8. ^ "Gloria Reuben Returns to SVU". TVGuide.com. Retrieved August 17, 2010. 
  9. ^ Oscars 2013: Keep Your Eye On..., Entertainment Weekly

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