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Daphne Maxwell Reid

Reid in 2009
Born July 13, 1948 (1948-07-13) (age 61)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1979–2007
Spouse(s) Tim Reid (1982-present)

Daphne Maxwell Reid (born July 13, 1948) is an American actress. Daphne is best known for her performance on the popular NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.




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 was 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 towards the end of season 3, when Hubert-Whitten left the show to take care of her own child, and due to creative differences with Will Smith. Her most recent television appearances were in the recurring role as JT's mother, Frances Hunter, on the UPN sitcom Eve.

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.[1]



  • Murder, She Wrote:The Body Politic (1988)
  • American Red Cross Emergency Test (1990)
  • Linc (1998)
  • Asunder (1999)



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