Gloria Reuben on November 19, 2007
Gloria Elizabeth Reuben|
June 9, 1964
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Occupation||Actress, singer, producer|
(m. 1999; div. 2003)
Gloria Elizabeth Reuben (born June 9, 1964) is a Canadian producer, singer and actress of film and television, known for her role as Jeanie Boulet on the medical drama ER and Marina Peralta on Falling Skies. In film, she is known for portraying Elizabeth Keckley in Lincoln.
Life and career
Reuben was born in Toronto, to Pearl Avis (Mills), a classical singer, and Cyril George Reuben, an engineer. Her parents were both Jamaican-born. Her father was mostly Caucasian (with Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jewish roots), though also had some African ancestry; her mother was of mostly African descent. Her father died when she was young.
Reuben is the half-sister of Denis Simpson, an actor and children's television host who died in 2010. She was the subject of a segment of Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s 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 Royal Conservatory of Music. Her career as an actress was triggered by a few jobs as a model and appearances in television advertisements.
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.
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.
Reuben guest-starred in the season two finale of Drop Dead Diva as Professor Kathy Miller. Reuben guest-starred in season 12 of NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, reprising her role as U.S. Attorney Christine Danielson. In 2012, she appeared in the CBS TV movie Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt.
In 2012, Reuben played Elizabeth Keckley in Steven Spielberg's historical drama film Lincoln and her portrayal of the character received critical praise. In 2013, she guest starred on the sci-fi drama series Falling Skies.
|1992||Wild Orchid II: Two Shades of Blue||Celeste|
|1995||Nick of Time||Krista Brooks|
|1999||Macbeth in Manhattan||Claudia / Lady Macbeth|
|1999||David and Lola||Gloria|
|1999||Deep in My Heart||Barbara Ann Williams|
|2001||The Feast of All Saints||Cecile Ste. Marie|
|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
|2014||Reasonable Doubt||Detective Blake Kanon|
|2015||The Longest Ride||Adrienne Francis|
|2016||Jean of the Joneses||Janet|
|2017||Who We Are Now||Rebecca|
|1990–1991||The Flash||Sabrina||5 episodes|
|1995||Homicide: Life on the Street||Det. Theresa Walker||3 episodes|
|1995–1999, 2008||ER||Jeanie Boulet||Series regular; 102 episodes|
Won: Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1996–1999)
Viewers for Quality Television for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1997–1998)
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 (1997–1998)
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 (1996–1999)
|2001–2002||The Agency||Lisa Fabrizzi||Regular: episodes 1–13, 21–22|
|2002, 2007–2011||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Christine Danielson (2007–2011) / Violet Tremain (2002)||4 episodes|
|2002||Little John||Natalie Britain||TV film; Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Film|
|2003–2004||1-800-Missing||Brooke Haslett||Series regular; season 1: 18 episodes|
|2005||Numb3rs||Erica Quimby||Episode: "Noisy Edge"|
|2008–2009||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||Betty & Coretta||Myrlie Evers-Williams||Television film|
|2013||Falling Skies||Marina Peralta||10 episodes|
|2014||Happy Face Killer||FBI Agent Melinda Gand||TV film|
|2015||The Blacklist||Dr. Selma Orchard||Episode: "Luther Braxton Conclusion"|
|2015–2017||Mr. Robot||Krista Gordon||Series regular|
|2015||Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise||Thelma Gleffey|
|2016||Saints & Sinners||Mayor Pamela Clayborne||Series regular|
|2018||Blindspot||Kira Evans||5 Episodes|
|2018||Cloak & Dagger||Adina Johnson||Series regular|
- Stated on Finding Your Roots, PBS, September 23, 2014
- Gloria Reuben profile, filmreference.com; accessed November 27, 2014.
- Profile, interfaithfamily.com; accessed November 27, 2014.
- "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...
- 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.
- Bournea, Chris (2007-04-03). "Gloria Reuben's Activism Moves from Screen to Real-Life Role". ThisWeek Newspapers. Archived from the original on 2009-06-24. Retrieved 2008-09-14.
A Toronto native and daughter of a black mother and a white Canadian father...
- KTLA Morning Show interview, October 9, 2008.
- "Exclusive: Gloria Reuben to Guest-Star on Drop Dead Diva". TVGuide.com.
- "Gloria Reuben Returns to SVU". TVGuide.com. Retrieved August 17, 2010.
- "Oscars 2013: Keep Your Eye On...", ew.com; accessed November 27, 2014.
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