Daphne Maxwell Reid is an American architect, comedian, former model, and an actress who caught the public’s attention with her role of Vivian Banks in NBC’s “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” (1993-1996).
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Daphne Maxwell Reid was born under the Cancer zodiac sign on 13 July 1948, in New York, USA, which makes her 74 years old as of 2022. She is the daughter of Green Maxwell and Rosalee Maxwell; her father was a photographer and he passed on his interests to her – he gifted Reid her first Brownie camera when she was barely 10.
Daphne attended Bronx High School of Science and later matriculated to Northwestern University on a scholarship.
She became the first Afro-American Homecoming Queen in the university, from which she graduated with a degree in architecture and interior design.
Maxwell has participated in several protests – she was part of the 3 May 1968 protest, which was staged by Illinois school to demand enhancement of services, support for African-American students in areas such as scholarships, better housing, and better representation. The 36-hour-long protest was peaceful, and was later turned into a film (to celebrate its 50th anniversary) which premiered in Swissôtel, Chicago.
She is good friends with the actor James Avery, who featured in the sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” alongside Tatyana Ali, Chris Rock and Will Smith; she describes him as a warm and embracing person and admitted that she used to travel with him, his wife, and her husband.
Modeling and Acting Career
Maxwell had already carved a niche for herself as a model by the time she graduated; she eventually signed with Eileen Ford Modeling Agency, and was the first African-American model to feature on the Glamor Magazine cover, in 1968.
Daphne made her TV debut with a role in the show “The Duke” (1970), and she subsequently found steady work in the shows “Coach of the Year,” “Hill Street Blues,” “Hardcastle and McCormick,” and “The Love Boat” before the end of the ‘70s.
In 1983, she appeared in the Jameson Parker, Gerald McRaney, and Tim Reid-starring “Simon & Simon”, portraying Temple Hill in the well-received sitcom, which premiered on CBS in 1981. Her appearance in the show was widely appreciated, which made her famous.
From 1985-1990 Reid was cast in the show “The Insiders” (1985), “The Long Journey Home” as Joan Haines in 1987, “Murder, She Wrote” (1988), “Match Game” (1990) and many more.
She was praised for her performances in “Eve” (2003-2006), BET sitcom “Let’s Stay Together” (2011-2014), and “Jacqueline and Jilly” (2018 and 2019).
Daphne made her film debut in 1984 as Helene in the movie “Protocol”. and was later cast as Miss Maxey in the film “Once Upon A Time … When We Were Colored” (1995), “Asunder” in 1999, the documentary “Living in a Food Desert” (2015), and most recently in 2019’s “Harriet”, playing Miz Lucy.
Reid wrote the cookbook “Grace + Soul & Motherwit,” which has a wide array of her best-loved recipes, spiced with reflections and memories from her personal life and travels. She once revealed that, ‘my mother was a great cook and I learned under her elbow. I’ve been married twice and since I have raised children, one needs to cook.’
Daphne revealed that she began sewing when she was nine years old. She sold her first designer coat at a fashion show, which had been organized by her husband to raise funds, and has since created numerous designs, which she showcases on catwalks. Her clothing line, Daphne Style, was praised by the audience at 2017’s New York fashion week.
She is also a talented photographer, who specializes in taking photos of interesting and unique doors around the globe. She has traveled to various European destinations and Cuba, to do photography work.
Maxwell served as one of the National Student Film Institute’s board members in the early ‘80s and ‘90s. Previously, she scooped the Women of Vision Award.
Maxwell is active on several social media platforms including Instagram (around 40,000 followers), and Twitter (2,000). She has around 2,500 fans on Facebook.
Daphne has been married for over three decades now; she exchanged wedding vows with the illustrious American film director, producer and actor Tim Reid, who is still well-known for his role in the TV show “WKRP in Cincinnati” of 1982.
She has been a supportive wife, and when she was asked during an interview how she feels about her husband, she said that ‘It’s so exciting to be married to someone who dreams as big as he does…I’m proud of being his spouse, and proud of the energy he gives me to follow my dreams.’
Previously, Reid had walked the aisle with Robert Tubbs (1968), whom she had met when she was a student at Northwestern University. They had welcomed a son, Chris Tubbs, before they parted ways. She is the stepmother of Tori Reid and Timothy II, who are from her husband’s marriage with Rita Sykes; she also has three grandchildren – Kai Tubbs, Francessca Reid, and Skylar Reid.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Daphne is of Afro-American ethnicity, and has black hair and a pair of black eyes. She is 5ft 4ins (1.62m) tall and weighs around 123lbs (56kg).
Daphne Maxwell is a famous name in the entertainment industry; she has made a modest fortune from her acting, modeling, and designer careers. According to sources, her net worth is approximately $2 million as of 2022.
Who Is Daphne Maxwell’s Husband, Tim Reid
Tim was born Timothy Lee Reid on 19 December 1944 (now 77 years old) in Norfolk, Virginia, to Augustine ‘Wilkins’ Reid and William Lee Reid, and has built a remarkable career in the entertainment industry, with dozens of film and TV credits. He graduated with a Business Administration degree from Norfolk State College, and worked as a marketing representative at the Chicago-based DuPont Corporation after graduation – he shortly afterwards launched an anti-drug program for students at Harvey.
Tim began his career in the early ‘70s, and is famous for his roles in “The Richard Pryor Show” in 1977, “Code Name: Foxfire” (1985), “Just Deserts,” (1992),”Touched by an Angel” (1997), and many more. He is also famous for his appearance in the productions “Roommates,” (2009), “Greenleaf” (2017), and “Gray’s Anatomy” in 2019.
Reid founded New Millennium Studios, together with his wife in 1999; it has been utilized for the making of the films “Heart in Atlantis” (2001), and “Lincoln” (2012) before he sold the firm for around $1.5 million in 2015. According to sources, his net worth is approximately $3 million as of 2022.