Gloria Reuben

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Gloria Reuben
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Gloria Reuben, November 19, 2007.
BornGloria Elizabeth Reuben[1]
(1964-06-09) June 9, 1964 (age 50)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
OccupationActress, singer, producer
Years active1985–present
 
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Gloria Reuben
Actress gloria reuben photo by christopher peterson.jpg
Gloria Reuben, November 19, 2007.
BornGloria Elizabeth Reuben[1]
(1964-06-09) June 9, 1964 (age 50)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
OccupationActress, singer, producer
Years active1985–present

Gloria Elizabeth 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 Pearl Avis (Mills), a classical singer, and Cyril George Reuben, an architect.[2] Her parents were both Jamaican-born; her father, who was caucasian, was of Jewish heritage, and her mother was Afro-Jamaican.[1] Her father died when she was young.[3][4][5][6] Reuben is the half-sister of Denis Simpson, an actor and children's television host who died in 2010.[4] 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.[5] 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.[7]

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.[8] Reuben also guest-starred in season 12 of NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit reprising her role as U.S. Attorney Christine Danielson.[9] 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.[10]

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

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1992Wild Orchid II: Two Shades of BlueCeleste
1994TimecopSarah Fielding
1995Nick of TimeKrista Brooks
1998IndiscreetEve Dodd
1999Macbeth in ManhattanClaudia / Lady Macbeth
1999David and LolaGloria
1999Deep in My HeartBarbara Ann Williams
2000PilgrimVicky
2000ShaftSgt. CouncilUncredited
2001Feast of All Saints, TheThe Feast of All SaintsCecile Ste. Marie
2002Little JohnNatalie BritainNominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Film
2002Happy Here and NowHannah
2002Salem Witch TrialsTituba Indian
2006The SentinelMrs Merriweather
2012LincolnElizabeth KeckleyNominated: 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
2013AdmissionCorrinne
2014Reasonable DoubtDetective Blake Kanon
2014Anesthesia (film)Unknown

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1986-87Polka Dot DoorHerselfepisodes
1990–91Flash, TheThe FlashSabrina5 episodes
1995Homicide: Life on the StreetDet. Theresa Walker3 episodes
1995–99, 2008ERJeanie BouletSeries 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)
2001–02Agency, TheThe AgencyLisa FabrizziRegular: episodes 1–13, 21–22
2002, 2007–11Law & Order: Special Victims UnitChristine Danielson (2007–11) / Violet Tremain (2002)4 episodes
2003–041-800-MissingBrooke HaslettSeries regular; season 1: 18 episodes
2005Numb3rsErica QuimbyEpisode: "Noisy Edge"
2008–09Raising the BarRosalind WhitmanSeries regular; 25 episodes
2010Drop Dead DivaProfessor Kathy MillerEpisode: "Freeze the Day"
2011Jesse Stone: Innocents LostThelma Gleffey
2012Jesse Stone: Benefit of the DoubtThelma Gleffey
2013Falling SkiesMarina Peralta10 episodes
2014Happy Face KillerFBI Agent Melinda GandTV film

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stated on Finding Your Roots, PBS, September 23, 2014
  2. ^ Gloria Reuben Biography (1964-)
  3. ^ http://www.interfaithfamily.com/arts_and_entertainment/popular_culture/Hollywood_Now_New_Fall_Previews.shtml
  4. ^ 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..." 
  5. ^ 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." 
  6. ^ 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]
  7. ^ KTLA Morning Show interview, October 9, 2008.
  8. ^ "Exclusive: Gloria Reuben to Guest-Star on Drop Dead Diva". TVGuide.com. 
  9. ^ "Gloria Reuben Returns to SVU". TVGuide.com. Retrieved August 17, 2010. 
  10. ^ Oscars 2013: Keep Your Eye On..., Entertainment Weekly

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