From 1994 to 2000, Gloria Reuben played Jeanie Boulet, a physician assistant on the long-running hospital drama who, while caring for her patients, also had to deal with being HIV positive.
And when Reuben steps back into her scrubs for one upcoming episode of ER, shell be bringing a message and some musical muscle back to the set.
Reuben has toured as a backup singer for Tina Turner, and she says, It was the most exciting thing Ive ever done in my life. Music is my first love.
Yet, while she belted backup for the Queen of Rock & Roll, Reuben says not even rollin on the river compares with the rush she gets from her activist work.
Reuben is an outspoken HIV and AIDS activist, and she says, Since I left ER, theres hasnt been an HIV-positive character on TV. Its wonderful to be able to use Jeanie to remind people that this hasnt gone away.
Reuben reprises her ER role tonight (Jan. 3) on NBC.
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