Daphne Maxwell Reid

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Daphne Maxwell Reid
File:Daphne Maxwell Reid at USDA Women’s History Month Celebration 2012.jpg
Reid in 2012
Born (1948-07-13) July 13, 1948 (age 70)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1979–present
Spouse(s) Tim Reid (1982–present)
Children 1

Daphne Maxwell Reid (born July 13, 1948) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as the second Vivian Banks on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from 1993 until 1996.


Early life

Reid is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science. She received a degree in interior design and architecture from Northwestern University, which she attended on a scholarship and where she became the first African-American woman to be named Homecoming Queen. While at Northwestern she began a modeling career, eventually signing with the Eileen Ford modeling agency. She was the first black woman to be on the cover of Glamour magazine.


She has appeared in numerous television programs. Her best-known role was replacing Janet Hubert-Whitten as Vivian Banks on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from 1993 to 1996. She joined the show right after the fictional character Nicky Banks was born toward the end of Season 3, when Hubert-Whitten was released from her contract after a contract violation and multiple problems working with the show's star, Will Smith. She had a recurring role as JT's mother, Frances Hunter, on the UPN sitcom Eve, and then played Juanita Lawrence on the BET sitcom Let's Stay Together. Reid is also an accomplished photographer. [1]

Recipient of the Women of Vision Award from Women in Film & Video - DC.

Personal life

With her husband, actor Tim Reid, she owns and operates New Millennium Studios in Petersburg, Virginia. She also serves on the Board of Visitors at Virginia State University. She was appointed in July 2008. On July 31, 2010, she became an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, during their 50th National Convention (Transforming Lives, Impacting Communities) in New Orleans. Her son is Chris Tubbs; she also has two stepchildren, Tim Reid, Jr., and Tori Reid, and three grandchildren, Skylar Reid, Fransesca Reid, and Kai Tubbs.




Music video appearance


  1. "Daphne Maxwell Reid's Fresh Prints". Retrieved 9 April 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "The Whispers - It's A Love Thing Official Video". youtube.com. UnidiscMusic. Retrieved 2015-12-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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