|Daphne Maxwell Reid
Reid in 2009
July 13, 1948 |
New York City, New York, USA
||Tim Reid (1982–present)
Daphne Maxwell Reid (born July 13, 1948) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Vivian Banks on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from 1993 until 1996.
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.
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, LA.