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Also Known As: Daphne Maxwell, Daphne Maxwell-Reid, Daphne Reid, Daphne Etta Maxwell Died:
Born: July 13, 1948 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, TV host, model, pattern maker, fashion designer, seamstress

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Poised, pretty, and personable TV lead and host who often worked with her husband actor-producer Tim Reid, most notably in the acclaimed but regrettably short-lived sitcom "Frank's Place" (CBS, 1987-88), an irreverent but classy look at some of the intricacies of the African-American experience. Elected Northwestern University's first Black Homecoming Queen, Reid entered showbiz as a model with the Eileen Ford modeling agency, appearing in numerous magazines and landing a Glamour cover. This exposure led to TV commercials and acting lessons under the tutelage of actor-teacher Robert Hooks, the co-founder of the Negro Ensemble Company. Reid made her acting debut in an off-Broadway production of "The Skin of Our Teeth" while attending the workshop. TV guest spots followed a few years later on the likes of "Cagney and Lacey", "Hill Street Blues", and "WKRP in Cincinnati". Reid played a recurring character, often opposite her husband, on the detective series "Simon and Simon". The Reids also split hosting and presenting chores on various parades and awards shows and played a crime-solving couple on the short-lived "Snoops" (CBS, 1989-90). Reid joined the cast of the NBC sitcom "The Fresh Prince of...

Poised, pretty, and personable TV lead and host who often worked with her husband actor-producer Tim Reid, most notably in the acclaimed but regrettably short-lived sitcom "Frank's Place" (CBS, 1987-88), an irreverent but classy look at some of the intricacies of the African-American experience. Elected Northwestern University's first Black Homecoming Queen, Reid entered showbiz as a model with the Eileen Ford modeling agency, appearing in numerous magazines and landing a Glamour cover. This exposure led to TV commercials and acting lessons under the tutelage of actor-teacher Robert Hooks, the co-founder of the Negro Ensemble Company. Reid made her acting debut in an off-Broadway production of "The Skin of Our Teeth" while attending the workshop. TV guest spots followed a few years later on the likes of "Cagney and Lacey", "Hill Street Blues", and "WKRP in Cincinnati".

Reid played a recurring character, often opposite her husband, on the detective series "Simon and Simon". The Reids also split hosting and presenting chores on various parades and awards shows and played a crime-solving couple on the short-lived "Snoops" (CBS, 1989-90). Reid joined the cast of the NBC sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" in the 1993-94 season replacing the departing Janet Hubert-Whitten as Will Smith's Aunt Vivian Banks. An accomplished seamstress and fashion designer, she created a series of instructional videos including "Suddenly You're Sewing--with Daphne Maxwell Reid" and sewing patterns under the Daphne Maxwell Reid Collection for The McCall Pattern Company.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Asunder (1998) Marty'S Wife
2.
 Color Adjustment (1992) Herself
3.
 Long Journey Home, The (1987) Joan Haines
4.
 Protocol (1984) Helene
5.
 Coach of the Year (1980) Merissa Lane
6.
 1996 Trumpet Awards (1996) Host
7.
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Born and raised on Manhattan's Upper West Side
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Featured in a photo spread in SEVENTEEN magazine while a college student after a former teacher submitted her photo to the publication
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Signed with the Eileen Ford modeling agency
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Appeared in numerous magazine; featured on a GLAMOUR cover
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Appeared in TV commercials
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Acting debut as Sabina in an off-Broadway production of Thornton Wilder's "The Skin of Our Teeth"
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Moved to Chicago, IL
1979:
Moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career
1979:
TV debut, appeared in the pilot of "The Duke", a short-lived detective series starring Robert Conrad
1979:
Did a guest shot on another Robert Conrad vehicle, "A Man Called Sloane"
1980:
Renewed her acquaintance with actor Tim Reid whom she had known casually in Chicago; they subsequently married
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Played a recurring role on the popular detective series "Simon and Simon" as TV reporter Temple Hill, love interest of Tim Reid's undercover detective character "Downtown Brown" (date approximate)
1987:
Co-hosted with husband Reid, "CBS Summer Playhouse", a showcase for unsold pilots
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Co-starred with husband Reid on the acclaimed sitcom, "Frank's Place"
1987:
With husband Reid, served as NYC hosts of the "CBS All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade"
1987:
TV-movie debut, "The Long Journey Home"
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Co-starred with husband Reid as a detective couple on "Snoops" (9/89-12/89; 6/90-7/90)
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Joined the cast of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air", replacing Janet Hubert-Whitten (1990-93) as Vivian Banks
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Education

Bronx High School of Science: New York , New York -
Northwestern University: Evanston , Illinois - 1970
Northwestern University: Evanston , Illinois - 1970

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husband:
Tim Reid. Actor. Starred as Venus Flytrap on "WKRP in Cincinnati"; co-starred with Reid on "Frank's Place" and "Snoops"; married in 1982.

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father:
Green Maxwell.
mother:
Rosalee Maxwell.
son:
Christopher Tubbs. From Maxwell's previous marriage.
son:
Timothy L Reid Jr. From Tim Reid's first marriage.
daughter:
Tori LeAnn Reid. From Tim Reid's first marriage.
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"In the Spirit of Food: Tim and Daphne's Cookin' Book"

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