Daphne Etta Maxwell Reid (née Maxwell; July 13, 1948) is an American actress, comedian, designer and former model. She is best known for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1993–1996) in her role as the second Vivian Banks on the NBC sitcom.
Daphne Maxwell Reid
Daphne Etta Maxwell
July 13, 1948
New York City, U.S.
|Alma mater||Northwestern University|
(m. 1968; div. 1979)
Reid was born in New York City, the daughter of Rosalee and Green Maxwell. She 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 did not renew her contract.
Before that role, she starred in several television series including, Simon & Simon, Frank’s Place, and Snoops.
Reid is also an accomplished photographer as well as a designer and clothing creator.
In 1968, during her junior year at Northwestern, Maxwell married Robert Tubbs. They had one son, Chris, before divorcing in 1979.
|1995||Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored||Miss Maxey||Also Second Unit Director|
|1999||Asunder||Marty's Wife||Also Co-Executive Producer|
|2002||Paul Mooney: Analyzing White America||N/A||Documentary|
|2003||For Real||N/A||Executive Producer|
|2013||Troop 491: the Adventures of the Muddy Lions||Principal Brown|
|2015||Living in a Food Desert||Narrator||Documentary|
|2016||By the Grace of Bob||Nell|
|2016||Playing the Duke||Sally||Short film|
|2018||Out of Gas||Mother|
|1979||The Duke||Unknown role||2 episodes|
|1979||A Man Called Sloane||Dr. Karla Meredith||"The Shangri-La Syndrome"|
Credited as Daphne Maxwell
|1980||Coach of the Year||Merissa Lane||TV movie|
Credited as Daphne Maxwell
|1980–1982||WKRP in Cincinnati||Jessica Langtree / Elaine Parker||2 episodes|
|1981–1986||Hill Street Blues||Kelly Martin / News Anchor / Sheila Roberts||4 episodes|
|1983||T.J. Hooker||Ellen||"The Shadow of Truth"|
|1983||Hardcastle and McCormick||Newswoman / Tawnia Grey||3 episodes|
|1983–1985||The A-Team||Kamora Kaboko / Nurse Lewis||2 episodes|
|1983–1987||Simon & Simon||Temple Hill||Series regular (16 episodes)|
|1984||The Duck Factory||Saleswoman||"Filling Buddy's Shoes"|
|1984||Matt Houston||Mrs. Richards||"Stolen"|
|1985||The Insiders||Unknown role||"Another Fine Mess"|
|1985||Cagney & Lacey||Noreen Adler||"The Clinic"|
|1985||The Fall Guy||Unknown role||"Seavers: Dead or Alive"|
|1986||That's My Mama Now!||Tracy Taylor||TV movie|
|1987||The Long Journey Home||Joan Haines||TV movie|
|1987||CBS Summer Playhouse||Host||6 episodes|
|1987–1988||Frank's Place||Hanna Griffin||Series regular (22 episodes)|
|1987–1988||Super Password||Herself / Celebrity Contestant||Recurring role (18 episodes)|
|1987–1989||The New Hollywood Squares||Herself / Panelist||Recurring role (5 episodes)|
|1988||Murder, She Wrote||Nan Wynn||"The Body Politic"|
|1989||ABC Afterschool Specials||Judith Daniels||"The Cheats"|
|1989||Snoops||Micki Dennis||Co Star - 13 episodes|
|1990||Match Game||Herself / Panelist||Recurring role (5 episodes)|
|1992||The Cosby Show||Millicent||"Clair's Reunion"|
|1992||You Must Remember This||Coach Dawson||TV movie|
|1993–1996||The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||Vivian Banks||Series regular (74 episodes)|
|1994||Will You Marry Me?||Herself||TV movie|
|1996||Sister, Sister||Charmagne||"Double Exposure"|
|1998||In the House||Cleopatra "Cleo" Stanton||"My Pest Friend's Wedding"|
|2000||Alley Cats Strike||Cathy McLemore||TV movie|
|2003–2006||Eve||Frances Hunter||Recurring role (6 episodes)|
|2004||Crossing Jordan||Mrs. Avery||"Justice Delayed"|
|2005||Slavery and the Making of America||Harriet Jacobs||"Seeds of Destruction"|
|2007||Polly and Marie||Judge Landers||TV movie|
|2007||E! True Hollywood Story||Herself / Interviewee||"Will Smith"|
|2011–2014||Let's Stay Together||Juanita Lawrence||3 episodes|
|2018–2019||Jacqueline and Jilly||Zillah Stewart||Series regular (6 episodes)|
|1981||The Whispers: "It's A Love Thing"||Woman|
- "Daphne Maxwell-Reid Biography (1948-)".
- Reynolds, Marcellas (October 9, 2019). "Model behaviour: Meet the black women who revolutionised fashion – in pictures". The Guardian.
- "Daphne Maxwell Reid's Fresh Prints". Retrieved April 9, 2014.
- Editor (June 10, 1994). National Student Film Institute/L.A: The Sixteenth Annual Los Angeles Student Film Festival. The Directors Guild Theatre. pp. 10–11.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
- Editor (June 7, 1991). Los Angeles Student Film Institute: 13th Annual Student Film Festival. The Directors Guild Theatre. p. 3.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
- "Reid, Daphne Maxwell | Archival and Manuscript Collections". findingaids.library.northwestern.edu. Retrieved October 1, 2021.