Reuben, Gloia 1964–

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Reuben, Gloia 1964–


Born June 9, 1964, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; father, an architect; mother, a gospel singer; sister of Denis Simpson (an actor); married Wayne Isaak (a television producer), November 13, 1999. Education: Studied at Canadian Royal Conservatory. Avocational Interests: Yoga, playing piano.

Addresses: Agent—Gersh Agency, 232 North Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210-5302. Manager—Untitled Entertainment, 331 North Maple Dr., 3rd Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Career: Actress and singer. Performed as backup singer and dancer for Tina Turner, 2000; appeared in television commercials, including one for Luvs disposable diapers, 1989, and for Nestle's Sweet Success. Once worked as a model and a waitress. Kraft Taste of Life, spokesperson, 1999; affiliated with several charitable and public awareness events in the United States and abroad, including Artists for a New South Africa.

Awards, Honors: Selected Miss Black Ontario, 1986; Image Award nominations, National Association for the Advancement or Colored People, outstanding supporting actress in a drama series, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, and outstanding lead actress in a drama series, 1997, Emmy Award nominations, outstanding supporting actress in a drama series, 1997, 1998, Q Awards, best supporting actress in a quality drama series, Viewers for Quality Television, 1997, 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards (with others), outstanding ensemble in a drama series, 1997, 1998, 1999, Screen Actors Guild Award nomination (with others), outstanding ensemble in a drama series, 2000, Golden Globe Award nomination, best supporting actress in a television series, miniseries, or movie, 1998, all for ER; Image Award nomination, best actress in a television movie, miniseries, or dramatic special, 2003, for Little John; Drama Desk Award (with others), outstanding ensemble performance, 2006, for Stuff Happens.


Television Appearances; Series:

Host, Polka Dot Door, 1985.

Sabrina, a recurring role, The Flash, 1990–91.

Physician's assistant Jeanie Boulet, ER, 1995–99.

Lisa Fabrizzi, The Agency, CBS, 2001.

Brooke Haslett, 1-800-Missing (also known as Missing), Lifetime, 2003–2004.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Rose Tucker, Sole Survivor (also known as Dean Koontz's "Sole Survivor"), Fox, 2000.

Cecile Ste. Marie, Feast of All Saints (also known as Anne Rice's "The Feast of All Saints"), ABC, 2001.

Tituba, Salem Witch Trials, CBS, 2002.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Suzanne, Percy & Thunder, TNT, 1993.

Cayla, Shadowhunter, Showtime, 1993.

Tanya Blackmon, Confessions: Two Faces of Evil, NBC, 1994.

Judy, Dead Air, USA Network, 1994.

Monica, Johnny's Girl, ABC, 1995.

Eve Dodd, Indiscreet, HBO, 1998.

Barbara Ann Williams, Deep in My Heart, CBS, 1999.

Sara Cross, Sara, VH1, 1999.

Vicky, Pilgrim (also known as Inferno), Cinemax, 1999.

Natalie Britain, Little John, CBS, 2002.

Television Appearances; Specials:

"The Day They Came to Arrest the Book," CBS School-break Special, CBS, 1987.

Larry King Meets ER, TNT, 1998.

Screen Actors Guild 4th Annual Awards, TNT, 1998.

Singer of Canadian national anthem, 1998 MLB All-Star Game, VH1, 1998.

Presenter, The 26th Annual American Music Awards, ABC, 1999.

Presenter, VH1 Divas Live '99 (also known as VH1 Divas Live 2), VH1, 1999.

Singer, On Tour with Tina, 2000.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Lisa Fabrizzi, The Agency, CBS, 2001.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Pam, "World's Oldest Motive," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, 1987.

Second palm frond, "One Giant Leap," China Beach, 1990.

Cassie Ellis, "Between Rock Creek and a Hard Place," The Young Riders, 1991.

Julia, The Heights, Fox, 1992.

Elsa, The Round Table, NBC, 1992.

Hattie Morgan, "Team Spirit," Silk Stalkings, 1993.

Hattie Morgan, "Schemes like Old Times," Silk Stalkings, 1993.

Shannon, "The Pony," McKenna, 1994.

Detective Theresa Walker, "The City that Bleeds," Homicide: Life on the Street (also known as Homicide), NBC, 1995.

Detective Theresa Walker, "Dead End," Homicide: Life on the Street (also known as Homicide), NBC, 1995.

Detective Theresa Walker, "End Game," Homicide: Life on the Street (also known as Homicide), NBC, 1995.

Panelist, The List, VH1, 1999.

Interviewee, VH1 Rock & Roll Fantasy: Gloria Reuben, VH1, 2000.

Lisa Fabrizzi, "Shell Game," The District, CBS, 2002.

Violet Tremain, "Dolls," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2002.

Erica Quimby (some sources cite Erica Weston), "Noisy Edge," Numb3rs (also known as Num3ers), CBS, 2005.

Also appeared in Mancuso FBI.

Television Guest Appearances; Episodic:

Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 1994, 1996, 1999.

The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1997, 1998.

The Oprah Winfrey Show (also known as Oprah), syndicated, 2000.

"Behind the Isaak," The Chris Isaak Show, Showtime, 2001.

Television Work; Series:

Associate producer and singer of theme song, 1-800-Missing (also known as Missing), Lifetime, 2003–2004.

Film Appearances:

Maternity nurse, Immediate Family, Columbia, 1989.

Celeste, Wild Orchid II: Two Shades of Blue (also known as Wild Orchid 2: Blue Movie Blue), Triumph Releasing, 1992.

Sabrina, Flash III: Deadly Nightshade (also known as The Flash 3: Deadly Nightshade), 1992.

Rita, The Waiter, 1993.

Sarah Fielding, Timecop, Universal, 1994.

Krista Brooks, Nick of Time, Paramount, 1995.

Claudia/Lady Macbeth, Macbeth in Manhattan, Asylum, 1999.

Gloria, David and Lola, 1999.

(Uncredited) Sergeant Council, Shaft (also known as Shaft—Noch Fragen?), Paramount, 2000.

Lana Fuentes, Bad Faith (also known as Cold Blooded and Le delateur), Oasis International, 2000.

Hannah, Happy Here and Now, 2002, IFC Films, 2005.

Mindy, Kettle of Fish, Michael Mailer Films/Off Hollywood Pictures, 2005.

Mrs. Merriweather, The Sentinel, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2006.

Billie, The Hard Place, Twenty2, 2005.

Stage Appearances:

Condoleezza Rice, Stuff Happens, Estelle R. Newman Theatre, Public Theatre, New York City, 2006.

Appeared in The Vagina Monologues, Westside Theatre Downstairs, New York City.


Music Videos:

Appeared in Tina Turner's "When the Heartache Is Over."


Just for You, 2004.


Television Music; Series:

Composer of theme song, 1-800-Missing (also known as Missing), Lifetime, 2003–2004.



Contemporary Black Biography, Volume 15, Gale, 1997.

Newsmakers 1999, Issue 4, Gale, 1999.


Entertainment Weekly, November 28, 1997, p. 53.

Essence, June, 2000, p. 70.

In Style, October, 1997.

Jet, February 17, 1997, p. 56.

Maclean's, April 5, 1999, p. 37.

People Weekly, November 29, 1999, p. 12.

Time, September 20, 1999, p. 90.

TV Guide, August 7, 1999, p. 15; November 10, 2001, pp. 30-33; August 2, 2003, pp. 42-43.


Gloria Reuben Official Site,, May 8, 2006.