Natalie Desselle-Reid

Natalie Desselle-Reid
Natalie Ann Desselle[citation needed]

(1967-07-12)July 12, 1967
DiedDecember 7, 2020(2020-12-07) (aged 53)
Years active1996–2017
Known forMickey – B.A.P.S.
Leonard Reid
(m. 2003)

Natalie Ann Desselle-Reid (July 12, 1967 – December 7, 2020) was an American actress who performed in several films, including B.A.P.S., Def Jam's How to Be a Player, Set It Off and Cinderella, and the television series Built to Last, For Your Love, and Eve.


Early life

Desselle-Reid was one of four children born to Thelma Lee (née Sherman; 1945–1999) and Paul Desselle Jr.[1][2][3] in Alexandria, Louisiana. For high school, Deselle-Reid attended Peabody Magnet High School; graduating in 1985.[4] Deselle-Reid later attended Grambling State University.[5][6]


At Grambling, Desselle-Reid developed a deep interest in the theatre, and appeared in several productions during her time there. She began her acting career in 1996 when she was in the movie Set it Off. She was the evil step-sister Minerva in the made-for-television version of Cinderella.[7] Desselle-Reid starred in many films, including Madea's Big Happy Family, and guest starred in Family Matters. She was Janie Egins on Eve for three seasons.[8] She is best known for her role as Mickey in B.A.P.S. and appeared in the 2017 series Ya Killin' Me.[9]

Personal life

Desselle-Reid married Leonard Reid in 2003; they had three children.[10]


Desselle-Reid died due to colon cancer on December 7, 2020, at the age of 53.[11] Numerous celebrities in the entertainment industry paid tribute to Deselle-Reid including Eve, Holly Robinson Peete, Issa Rae, Shannon Kane and Shad "Bow Wow" Moss.[11] Deselle-Reid's B.A.P.S co-star Halle Berry posted a tribute via Instagram saying "Natalie represented actual black women, not what black women are perceived to be, For that she was often underrated, passed over - deprived of the platform she truly deserved. But her light continues to shine through the people who grew up watching her, the people who knew her best and those of us who loved her, I'll love you forever my sweet friend."[12][13]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1996 Set It Off Tanika [14]
1997 B.A.P.S. Mickey [15]
1997 Def Jam's How to Be a Player Jenny Jackson [16]
2003 Sweet Hideaway Tiffany
2004 Gas Elizabeth [16]
2009 Divas Tamika
2010 Queen Victoria's Wedding Queen Victoria Brooks Short film
2011 Madea's Big Happy Family Tammy [14]
2011 Let Lorenzo Tommy's Mom Short film
2014 Zoe Gone Delores Lafontaine


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1996 Family Matters Baby Girl Episode: "My Big Brother" [17]
1997 Built to Last Tammy Watkins Main role [17]
1997 Cinderella Minerva Television film [18]
1998 Getting Personal Vanessa Episode: "The Wedding Zinger" [19]
1998-2000 For Your Love Eunetta Recurring role [17]
2002 Yes, Dear Cathy Episode: "Kim's New Nanny" [20]
2003 ER Herself (as Natalie Desselle) Episode: "A Boy Falling Out of the Sky" [20]
2003-2006 Eve Janie Egins Main role, 66 episodes [21]
2010 Freaknik: The Musical Doela Man's Mom (voice) Television film [22]
2013 A Mother's Rage Principal Davenport Television film [22]
2017 Ya Killin' Me Ex Wife Final role [17]


  1. ^ Desselle-Reid, Natalie. "On this day to the one I still cry for and miss the most My Mother Thelma Lee Sherman Desselle". Retrieved December 15, 2020.
  2. ^ [1][dead link],; accessed August 11, 2015.
  3. ^ "Natalie Desselle, Comedic Heart of 'BAPS' and 'Eve,' Dies at 53". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Classmates, 1982 Peabody Magnet High School (Alexandria, Louisiana) Yearbook
  5. ^ "Natalie Desselle Reid, comic actress, dies at 53". The Washington Post.
  6. ^ Anita (December 8, 2020). "Actress Natalie Desselle-Reid From "B.A.P.S." Dies". Canyon News.
  7. ^ "'B.A.P.S.' & 'Madea' Star Natalie Desselle-Reid Dead at 53 from Colon Cancer". TMZ. December 7, 2020.
  8. ^ "Actress Natalie Desselle Reid, known for 'B.A.P.S.,' 'Eve,' dies at 53 from colon cancer, family says". ABC7 Los Angeles. December 7, 2020.
  9. ^ "Actress Natalie Desselle-Reid dead at 53 from colon cancer". December 7, 2020.
  10. ^ "Actress Natalie Desselle-Reid, Known for Cinderella and B.A.P.S., Dies at 53". People. December 7, 2020.
  11. ^ a b "Natalie Desselle-Reid, 'Madea' and 'B.A.P.S.' actor, dies at 53". December 7, 2020.
  12. ^ Byrne, Suzy (December 8, 2020). "Halle Berry pays tribute to 'B.A.P.S.' co-star Natalie Desselle Reid: 'I'll love you forever my sweet friend'". Yahoo! Entertainment.
  13. ^ Respers France, Lisa (December 8, 2020). "Halle Berry 'heartbroken' over death of 'B.A.P.S.' costar Natalie Desselle Reid". CNN.
  14. ^ a b Toone, Stephanie (December 8, 2020). "Beloved 'B*A*P*S' actor Natalie Desselle Reid has died at age 53". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  15. ^ Maslin, Janet (March 28, 1997). "Trashy Chic Goes West And Finds Rodeo Drive". The New York Times.
  16. ^ a b McCaskill, Jasmine (December 9, 2020). "Black shows and films that featured the late Natalie Desselle Reid". Rolling Out.
  17. ^ a b c d Countryman, Eli (December 7, 2020). "Natalie Desselle-Reid, Madea and B*A*P*S Actor, Dies at 53". Variety. Archived from the original on December 7, 2020.
  18. ^ Richmond, Ray (October 26, 1997). "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella". Variety.
  19. ^ "Getting Personal: Episodes". TV Guide. Archived from the original on March 15, 2016.
  20. ^ a b Ausiello, Michael (December 7, 2020). "Natalie Desselle-Reid, For Your Love and Eve Actress, Dead at 53". TVLine.
  21. ^ "About the Show". UPN. Archived from the original on September 8, 2006.
  22. ^ a b "Where Are They Now? The Cast of B*A*P*S". BET. March 28, 2016.

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