She was born as Reba Feinsohn in the Jewish family of Leon und Zara Feinsohn. At the age of six, she moved with her family to the United States. She studied singing withArturo Buzzi-Peccia, Jean de Reszke and Marcella Sembrich. From her first marriage, with Bernhard Glick she got a daughter, Abigail who later as a writer would be known under the name Marcia Davenport. In 1914 she married the conductor, violinist and conductor Efrem Zimbalist. A son from this marriage, also called, would later become a well-known actor Efrem are. They took themselves, as an obvious variation on the surname of her first husband, Gluck to his stage name.
Her first successes polite Gluck at the New York Metropolitan Opera. Later, she was best known as a singer of Christian songs-she was, although Jewish by backgroundAnglican -based on plate were inserted. Of her performance of Carry Me Back to Old Virginny were sold a million copies.
She died of liver failure at the age of fifty-four years.