Daphne Maxwell-Reid Then and Now
Then: As the show’s second Vivian Banks, Daphne Maxwell-Reid replaced Janet Hubert in 1993 — and Fresh Prince blatantly called attention to the fact in her first episode. “You know, Ms. Banks, since you had that baby, there’s something different about you,” Jazz said as Will Smith looked uncomfortable. Well played, writers. Well played.
Now: Daphne has worked sporadically on TV shows since Fresh Prince went off the air, appearing on Eve; Sister, Sister; and Let’s Stay Together. There’s a good reason she landed the role on Sister, Sister: Her husband, Tim Reid, played the twin’s father, Ray. Together, Daphne and Tim run a film company, New Millennium Studios, in Petersburg, Virginia. Recently, the couple established a film institute at Norfolk State University.