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Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Actress

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Italian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Italy
Favorite Quote:
Don't Let The Successes Go To Your Head Or The Failures Go To Your Heart.

Birthplace

Born:
7/13/1948
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Actress

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Italian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Italy
Favorite Quote:
Don't Let The Successes Go To Your Head Or The Failures Go To Your Heart.

Birthplace

Born:
7/13/1948
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Born Daphne Maxwell, actress Daphne Reid was born on July 13, 1948. Growing up on Manhattan’s West Side, Reid was influenced early on by her teachers to enroll in a challenging high school. Despite her initial desire to attend the Fashion Industries High School, she was swayed to attend the Bronx High School of Science. While attending Bronx Science, Reid was highly involved, serving as senior class president and joining the Group Theater Workshop. After her graduation, she received a scholarship to attend Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. While there, she was named homecoming queen, becoming the first black woman at the school to attain the title. She went on to earn her B.A. in 1970.

While still a student at Northwestern, one of Reid’s teachers from Bronx Science submitted a photograph of her to a modeling agency, and her modeling career took off. In 1969, Reid became the first African American woman to grace the cover of Glamour. While in Chicago in the 1970s, Reid met comedian Tim Reid and the two became fast friends, and they would go on to marry in 1982. Reid made her television debut in 1979 on the short-lived series, The Duke, and made the move to Los Angeles. There, she appeared on several episodes of the popular show WKRP in Cincinnati opposite her future husband. Throughout the 1980s, she would appear on numerous hit television shows, including T.J. Hooker, The A-Team, Murder, She Wrote and Simon & Simon, where she again worked with her husband. In 1987, her husband co-produced the critically acclaimed but short-lived series Frank’s Place, and featured Tim and Daphne opposite one another. The two went on to work together on Snoops before hosting a talk show, The Tim and Daphne Show. In 1993, Reid made her biggest move yet, when she joined the cast of the hit series, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air in the role of Aunt Viv, and she remained there until the show’s end in 1996.

In 1997, Reid, her husband, Mark Warner (now governor of Virginia) and Dan Hoffler founded New Millennium Studios in Petersburg, Virginia. The studio was the first African American production operation since scar Micheaux’s to handle a project from start to finish. A number of documentaries and films have since been filmed there, including The Contender and Hearts in Atlantis. They have also re-released The Spook Who Sat By the Door, by Sam Greenlee, as a part of their Obsidian Gold Series, and are working on a series entitled American Legacy highlighting historical contributions of African Americans. Currently, Reid is working on the sitcom Eve on UPN.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Daphne Maxwell Reid describes her parents' marriage and move to New York City
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Daphne Maxwell Reid describes the community in which she grew up in New York City
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Daphne Maxwell Reid describes her maternal and paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Daphne Maxwell Reid describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Daphne Maxwell Reid describes special occasions during her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Daphne Maxwell Reid describes her childhood activities in New York City
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Daphne Maxwell Reid lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Daphne Maxwell Reid describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in New York, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Daphne Maxwell Reid talks about learning to sew and her interest in fabrics
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Daphne Maxwell Reid describes her elementary and junior high schools in New York, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Daphne Maxwell Reid describes her favorite subjects and childhood aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Daphne Maxwell Reid talks about attending Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church in New York, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Daphne Maxwell Reid talks about her classmates in the Special Progress Enrichment (SPE) program in New York, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Daphne Maxwell Reid recalls her teachers at Junior High School 17 and her mentors
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Daphne Maxwell Reid describes her childhood personality and her family's attitude towards drinking
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Daphne Maxwell Reid describes her experiences at The Bronx High School of Science in Bronx, New York, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Daphne Maxwell Reid talks about her activities and professional ambitions as a high school student in New York, New York,
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Daphne Maxwell Reid talks about her decision to attend Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Daphne Maxwell Reid recalls encountering a racist roommate at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Daphne Maxwell Reid describes the African American community at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Daphne Maxwell Reid describes shooting her first commercial for Kleenex in 1967
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Daphne Maxwell Reid recalls visiting New York City to shoot a spread for Seventeen magazine
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Daphne Maxwell Reid describes modeling for the Ford Agency
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Daphne Maxwell Reid describes interviewing to be homecoming queen at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Daphne Maxwell Reid describes becoming homecoming queen during homecoming weekend at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Daphne Maxwell Reid recalls the impact of her experience as homecoming queen at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Daphne Maxwell Reid recalls getting married while being a full-time student
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Daphne Maxwell Reid describes her modeling career after she was married
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Daphne Maxwell Reid describes sitting for a 1969 cover shoot for Glamour magazine
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Daphne Maxwell Reid describes her experience as a disc jockey for WLS in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Daphne Maxwell Reid recalls auditioning for commercials during the early 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Daphne Maxwell Reid talks about her experiences in voice-over narration and her transition into acting
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Daphne Maxwell Reid talks about her move to California and her foray into acting
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Daphne Maxwell Reid explains how she supported herself with her residuals from a Cheer detergent commercial
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Daphne Maxwell Reid talks about reconnecting with HistoryMaker Tim Reid and guest-starring on 'WKRP in Cincinnati'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Daphne Maxwell Reid talks about acting in the dramedy 'Frank's Place' with her husband, HistoryMaker Tim Reid
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Daphne Maxwell Reid reflects upon why 'Frank's Place' was canceled by CBS
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Daphne Maxwell Reid describes the television show 'Snoops'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Daphne Maxwell Reid explains television network ratings
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Daphne Maxwell Reid talks about the reaction of white audiences to 'Frank's Place'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Daphne Maxwell Reid talks about her and HistoryMaker Tim Reid's talk show, 'The Tim and Daphne Show'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Daphne Maxwell Reid talks about creating and marketing a sewing instructional video with McCall Pattern Company and QVC
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Daphne Maxwell Reid talks about her pattern line, Daphne Maxwell Reid Collection
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Daphne Maxwell Reid talks about her guest appearance on 'The Cosby Show,' and auditioning for 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - Daphne Maxwell Reid talks about her experiences acting on 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Daphne Maxwell Reid describes the series 'Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored,' HistoryMaker Tim Reid's directing debut
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Daphne Maxwell Reid describes the establishment of New Millennium Studios
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Daphne Maxwell Reid describes the creation of New Millennium Studios and Showtime's television series 'Linc's'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Daphne Maxwell Reid describes New Millennium Studios' programming with TV One and the American Legacy documentary project
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Daphne Maxwell Reid describes the evolution of the purposes and responsibilities of New Millennium Studios
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Daphne Maxwell Reid describes the financial goals for New Millennium Studios
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Daphne Maxwell Reid describes her favorite roles as an actress
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Daphne Maxwell Reid reflects upon her self-perception as a meanderer
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Daphne Maxwell Reid reflects upon her acting career, including working alongside Will Smith
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Daphne Maxwell Reid talks about her son
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Daphne Maxwell Reid describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Daphne Maxwell Reid reflects upon her legacy