Gloria was born June 9, in Toronto, and was raised there and in nearby London, Ontario, as the second youngest of six children.

She credits the early influence of her mother, an accomplished singer, and her older brother, a Broadway actor, for inspiring her to develop her performing talents. She began playing piano as a child and studied ballet, jazz, and music technique and theory at the prestigious Canadian Royal Conservatory.

In 1988, she relocated to Los Angeles and raised her television profile as a recurring regular on "The Round Table" and as a guest star on "The Young Riders" and "China Beach" (a series produced by "ER" executive producer John Wells), among other series.

Soon after, Gloria appeared as a homicide detective in three episodes of NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street" and she began on "ER" in a recurring role as Jeanie Boulet, a married therapist who provided home care for Dr. Benton's ailing mother and found herself falling in love with Benton. When she joined "ER" as a series regular in the second season, her character was promoted to a physician assistant and soon ended her rocky romance with Benton.

She has also co-starred as Jean-Claude Van Damme's partner in the feature film "TimeCop" and with Johnny Depp in "Nick of Time." Her TV movies include "Percy and Thunder" (opposite James Earl Jones) and NBC's "Confessions: Two Faces of Evil."

Gloria finds a particular kind of synchronicity with Boulet. "She's strong-willed, sharp and intelligent, but has a dry sense of humor," she says. "She knows exactly what she's doing professionally, but has a nurturing side too."

She enjoys swimming, running along the beach and playing classical piano.


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