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Date Of BirthJuly 13, 1948
SpouseTim Reid
FactAlso a costume designer and has frequently created her own TV wardrobe. Moreoever, she once guest-hosted ABC's The Home Show (1988) where she showed off many of her designs, and subsequently put together a four video and pattern kit entitled "Suddenly You're Sewing".

Daphne Maxwell Reid (born July 13, 1948) is an American actress, television director, and producer. She is best known for her role as Vivian Banks on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from 1990 to 1996.

Reid was born in New York City, the daughter of Ruth (née Maxwell) and Elijah Reid, a Baptist minister. She has four siblings: brothers Elijah Jr. and Tony, and sisters Debbie and Robin. She was educated at the High School of Performing Arts and the Juilliard School.

Reid’s acting career began in the early 1970s. She appeared in episodes of The Bill Cosby Show, The Waltons, and Good Times. In 1975, she had a recurring role as Lt. Mimi Ricard on the CBS soap opera Search for Tomorrow. She also appeared in the films Drum (1976), Revenge of the Stepford Wives (1980), and The Hunter (1980).

In 1990, Reid began appearing as Vivian Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. She remained with the show until its sixth and final season in 1996. During her time on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Reid also directed episodes of the show.

After The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ended, Reid appeared in the films Senseless (1998), The Wood (1999), and Big Momma’s House (2000). She also had a recurring role as Dr. Monica Tyler on the NBC medical drama ER from 1998 to 1999.

In recent years, Reid has appeared in episodes of the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland and the BET comedy series Being Mary Jane.

Reid has been married twice. Her first husband was actor Tim Reid, whom she married in 1974. They have two children together: son Torin and daughter Timia. Reid and her second husband, jazz musician Stanley Baird, have been married since 1997.

Reid has a net worth of $4 million.

General Info

Full NameDaphne Maxwell Reid
Date Of BirthJuly 13, 1948
ProfessionFilm producer, Actor
EducationThe Bronx High School of Science, Northwestern University


SpouseTim Reid
ChildrenChristopher Tubbs


NominationsNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
MoviesShooting the Prodigal, You Must Remember This, Coach of the Year
TV ShowsThe Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Frank's Place, Snoops, The Duke

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1Mother of Christopher Tubbs.
2She and her husband, Tim Reid, moved to Virginia and formed their own production studio called Millennium Studios, the first such studio to be built in Virginia.
3Lovely African-American leading lady best known for TV series work with her husband Tim Reid (Frank's Place (1987), Snoops (1989) and Linc's (1998)) and her 90s role as Will Smith 's Aunt Vivian Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)).
4Her first TV work was a continuing role with Robert Conrad in his series The Duke (1979).
5A well-known cover model with the Eileen Ford Agency, she was the first black woman to grace the cover of "Glamour" magazine.
6Born on Manhattan's west side and graduated from Bronx High School of Science.
7Stepmother of actor Tim Reid II and actress Tori Reid.
8Went to Northwestern University where she pursued a degree in Interior Design and Architecture.
9Stepmother of actor Tim Reid II.
10Also a costume designer and has frequently created her own TV wardrobe. Moreoever, she once guest-hosted ABC's The Home Show (1988) where she showed off many of her designs, and subsequently put together a four video and pattern kit entitled "Suddenly You're Sewing".
11She and her husband, Tim Reid, once had a syndicated talk show called "The Tim and Daphne Show" for King World in 1990-1991.




The Cosby Show1992TV SeriesMillicent
Snoops1989TV SeriesMicki Dennis
ABC Afterschool Specials1989TV SeriesJudith Daniels
Murder, She Wrote1988TV SeriesNan Wynn
Frank's Place1987-1988TV SeriesHanna Griffin
The Long Journey Home1987TV MovieJoan Haines
Simon & Simon1983-1987TV SeriesTemple Hill
Hill Street Blues1981-1986TV SeriesKelly Martin, Action News / Anchorperson / News Anchor / ...
That's My Mama Now!1986TV MovieTracy Taylor (as Daphne Maxwell)
The Fall Guy1985TV Series
Cagney & Lacey1985TV SeriesNoreen Adler
The A-Team1983-1985TV SeriesKamora Kaboko / Nurse Lewis
Paper Dolls1984TV SeriesNancy
Matt Houston1984TV SeriesMrs. Richards
Protocol1984Helene (as Daphne Maxwell)
The Duck Factory1984TV SeriesSaleswoman
Hardcastle and McCormick1983TV SeriesNewswoman / Tawnia Grey
T.J. Hooker1983TV SeriesEllen
The Love Boat1982TV Series
WKRP in Cincinnati1980-1982TV SeriesJessica Langtree / Elaine Parker
Coach of the Year1980TV MovieMerissa Lane (as Daphne Maxwell)
A Man Called Sloane1979TV SeriesDr. Karla Meredith
The Duke1979TV Series
Shooting the Prodigal2016Nell
Let's Stay Together2011-2014TV SeriesJuanita / Juanita Lawrence
Troop 491: the Adventures of the Muddy Lions2013Principal Brown
Pantheon Black2010VideoMom
Polly and Marie2007TV MovieJudge Landers
Eve2003-2006TV SeriesFrances Hunter
Slavery and the Making of America2005TV SeriesHarriet Jacobs
Crossing Jordan2004TV SeriesMrs. Avery
Alley Cats Strike2000TV MovieCathy McLemore (as Daphne Maxwell Reid)
Linc's1998-1999TV SeriesEartha
Asunder1999Marty's Wife (as Daphne Maxwell Reid)
In the House1998TV SeriesCleo Stanton
Sister, Sister1996TV SeriesCharmagne
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air1993-1996TV SeriesVivian Banks
Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored1995Miss Maxey (as Daphne Maxwell Reid)
You Must Remember This1992TV MovieCoach Dawson


For Real2003executive producer - as Daphne Maxwell Reid
Paul Mooney: Analyzing White America2002Video documentary co-executive producer - as Daphne Maxwell Reid

Assistant Director

Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored1995second unit director


Run2013/VShort special thanks


Unsung Hollywood2016TV Series documentaryHerself
Living in a Food Desert2015DocumentaryNarrator
Way Black When: Primetime2011TV SeriesHerself
Active Parenting of Teens: 3rd Edition2008VideoHerself - Host
E! True Hollywood Story2007TV Series documentary
State of the Black Union: Jamestown - Memorable Moments2007TV MovieHerself
State of the Black Union: Jamestown - The First 400 Years2007TV MovieHerself
14th Annual Inner City Destiny Awards2006VideoHerself - Host
TV Land Confidential2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air1996TV SeriesHerself / Vivian Banks
Will You Marry Me?1994TV MovieHerself
Ebony's 15th Annual Black Achievement Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 16th Annual CableACE Awards1994TV SpecialHerself
Color Adjustment1992DocumentaryHerself (as Daphne Maxwell-Reid)
The 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1990TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
Ebony/Jet Showcase1985-1990TV SeriesHerself
22nd NAACP Image Awards1990TV SpecialHerself
The Arsenio Hall Show1989TV SeriesHerself
The New Hollywood Squares1987-1989TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
The 10th Annual National CableACE Awards1989TV SpecialHerself
21st NAACP Image Awards1989TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 10th Annual Black Achievement Awards1989TV SpecialHerself
Battle of the Network Stars XIX1988TV SpecialHerself - CBS Team (as Daphne Maxwell Reid)
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars1985-1988TV SeriesHerself
Memories Then and Now1988TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 2nd Annual Soul Train Music Awards1988TV SpecialHerself
Blackout1988TV SeriesHerself
Living the Dream: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.1988TV SpecialHerself
The 9th Annual American Black Achievement Awards1988TV SpecialHerself
CBS All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade1987TV SpecialHerself
Hour Magazine1987TV SeriesHerself
Super Password1987TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
The Wil Shriner Show1987TV SeriesHerself
CBS Summer Playhouse1987TV SeriesHerself - Host / Himself - Host

Archive Footage

TV in Black: The First Fifty Years2004Video documentaryHerself


Nominated Awards

1996Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesThe Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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