A Tribute to Natalie Desselle Reid

A Tribute to Natalie Desselle Reid

A beautiful soul gone too soon. Natalie Desselle Reid lit up our lives from the very first time we saw her on-screen. She quickly became a household favorite, known for her witty humor and southern charm. Often portrayed as the funny friend, Reid owned every role she played and made it into something special. While others may have been noticing the big stars, Reid’s presence commanded on the screen, and she quickly became the breakout star in any role she played. Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Natalie Desselle Reid. 


Many of us were introduced to Reid in her breakout film B.A.P.S. In her very first Hollywood role, she gave us an iconic performance that is still being emulated today. Although this was her first major film, you couldn’t tell by the way she stole the show. Who can forget the infamous Boo-Yah or the fight scene with her, Halle Berry’s character, and Antonio? Better yet, what about the scene in the kitchen when she’s cooking up a storm for Mr. B? While she was known for more comedic roles, B.A.P.S. not only showcased that but also a vulnerable side as well, adding to her versatility as an actress. 

After her role in B.A.P.S, Reid wowed us again in Def Jam’s How to Be a Player alongside Bill Bellamy. Thinking of all the great talent in this movie such as Bill Bellamy, Bernie Mac, Beverly Johnson, Gilbert Gottfried, Lark Voorhies, Elise Neal, and of course
reuniting her with her B.A.P.S. co-star AJ Johnson, one would think that a newcomer such as herself would get lost among the stars, but Reid held her own and had some of the most memorable scenes in the movie. My personal favorite is when she caught Dre (Bill Bellamy) and he catches her in the lie and when she’s at the party and the guy with the waves tries to talk to her and she says, “I think I’m getting seasick from all these damn waves”. The facial expressions alone are enough to take you out.

Following Def Jam’s How to Be a Player, Reid appeared in the made for television film Cinderella. This film was incredible for so many reasons. It boasted an all-star cast to include Whitney Houston, Brandy, Whoppi Goldberg, and so many others. Once again, Reid starred alongside some music and film heavyweights, and of course delivered in only the way she could. Portraying one of Cinderella’s evil stepsisters, Reid not only gave us her comedic skills but her musical talents as well. She truly was a special presence on anything she appeared in. 


Natalie Desselle Reid gave us decades of memorable work in her films and television shows. While she is no longer with us, her impact and legacy will live on for generations to come. Salute to you and Rest In Peace.

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