Daphne Maxwell Reid
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You Might Know Her From The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Harriet, Jacqueline and Jilly, Frank’s Place, Simon & Simon, and Eve. Daphne opens up about joining The Fresh Prince as Aunt Viv and their upcoming reunion for HBO Max (complete with Janet Hubert), and tells us why she didn’t shake the hand of the former President when he guest starred back in the day. We discuss her life as an artist in Virginia and her artistic and domestic partnership with husband Tim Reid (they created New Millennium Studios, the first Black film studio since the 1930s). All that Daphne goodness, plus, on the heels of a conversation with Rachael Harris, Anne and Damian break down the good, the bad, and the ugly of Sydney Pollack’s Tootsie. 


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Tootsie is a “well made comedy”

Dustin Hoffman crying about being an ugly woman

Is this the best interview of all time? The AV Club interviews Teri Garr (2008)

Dustin Hoffman Sexually Harassed Me When I Was 17 )

Fresh Prince reunion

Daphne Maxwell Reid’s IMDB

Lives in Virginia

Had a role in the 2018 movie, Harriet (which filmed in VA)

Replaced Janet Hubert as Aunt Viv in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

BFF on the show was James Avery, who died in 2013

Tatyana Ali met her husband on E-Harmony

Fresh Prince reunion will be on HBO Max this fall (fingers crossed for Thanksigving week) 

E-Harmony was founded by a homophobe

Played a mom in Eve, Let’s Stay Together and in the upcoming The Business of Christmas 

Simon and Simon

Daphne married to fellow actor, Tim Reid (aka Venus Fly Trap on WKRP)

New Millennium Studios (first black owned film studio in the US since the 1930s)

New Millennium Studios: opened in 1997, sold in 2015 (VA didn’ get the tax credits incentives that other states like Georgia and Louisiana have)

Frank’s Place co-created by Tim Reid (first half hour filmed without live audience)

Guest stars on Frank’s Place: Pam Grier, Bea Richards 

First black homecoming queen at Northwestern 

If had to be in a throuple with a city she’s live in, she’d choose NYC and Chicago (Richmond and LA got the axe)

Cagney and Lacey ep: “The Clinic” 

Daphne Maxwell Reid’s white wig in Jacqueline and Jilly 

Aunt Viv and Uncle Phil were Republicans but how would they have voted 2000 forward: Bush, Bush, Obama, Obama, Hilary, Biden

Trump had a guest spot on Fresh Prince but notice that Daphne does NOT shake his hand

Daphne and Tim’s engagement story

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