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Daphne Etta Maxwell Reid (née Maxwell, July 13, 1948) is an American actress and comedian. 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.

Daphne Maxwell Reid
Daphne Maxwell Reid at USDA Women’s History Month Celebration 2012.jpg
Reid in 2012
Daphne Etta Maxwell[1]

(1948-07-13) July 13, 1948 (age 71)
Alma materNorthwestern University
OccupationActress, comedian
Years active1979–present
Tim Reid (m. 1982)


Early lifeEdit

Reid was born in New York City, the daughter of Rosalee and Green Maxwell.[1] 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.[citation needed]


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.[2]

During the 1980s and 1990s Reid served on the advisory board of the National Student Film Institute.[3][4]

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




Music video appearanceEdit

Personal lifeEdit

Daphne and Tim Reid in 1997

With her husband, actor Tim Reid, she owned and operated New Millennium Studios in Petersburg, Virginia, until 2014. She also served on the board of visitors at Virginia State University, for 8 years. 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 in New Orleans. She has one son, Chris Tubbs and two stepchildren, Timothy II (b. 1968) and Tori Reid (b. 1971); and has three grandchildren.[citation needed]


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  2. ^ "Daphne Maxwell Reid's Fresh Prints". Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Editor (June 7, 1991). Los Angeles Student Film Institute: 13th Annual Student Film Festival. The Directors Guild Theatre. p. 3.
  5. ^ "The Whispers - It's A Love Thing Official Video". UnidiscMusic. Retrieved 2015-12-19.

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