Natalie Desselle Reid, who performed in several films including B*A*P*S, Def Jam’s How to Be a Player, and Cinderella, and the television series Built to Last and For Your Love. For three seasons, she played Janie Egins on the UPN series, Eve., has passed away at 53 years old.
Fellow actress Holly Robinson Peete broke the news on Monday (Dec. 7). “Just absolutely decimated by this news…Actress Natalie Desselle, a bright shining star passed away this morning,” she tweeted.
Just absolutely decimated by this news… Actress Natalie Desselle, a bright shining star passed away this morning. I got to know her when my mom was managing her. She will be so missed…sending out prayers to her children and husband. ???? Rest In Peace, Sweet Girl?? pic.twitter.com/BsyltHxKRG
The actress’ cause of death has not yet been disclosed.
Who is Natalie Desselle-Reid ?
Desselle-Reid was born July 12, 1967 inAlexandria, Louisiana, the daughter of Thelma and Paul Desselle.
She graduated from Peabody Magnet High School and attended Grambling State University. At Grambling she developed a deep interest in the theatre and appeared in several productions during her time there. Desselle-Reid has starred in many films, most recently in Madea’s Big Happy Family, and guest starred in Family Matters.
She is best known for her role as Mickey in B*A*P*S.
The acting bug bit her after a starring role in Grambling’s production of “Bubbling Brown Sugar.” After several productions as a thespian, she decided to move to Los Angeles and test the waters. Realizing Hollywood was not aware of her “arrival” she became a receptionist, a soul food waitress and lastly a tank mechanic at McDonnell Douglas.
A devotee to the anomalous careers of Roseanne, Oprah and Whoopi she began to chart her course. Her break came when Robi Reed cast her in F. Gary Gray’s “Set It Off” which led to a guest starring role on television’s “Family Matters”. After her initial foray into Hollywood, she found herself “down and out” in Inglewood, California and then the “call” came. The role that established her as a comedic thespian aka “the funny chick” in Robert Townsend’s” B.A.P.S”, starring opposite the luminous Halle Berry. The films “How to be a Player”, “Cinderella” and televisions “Built to Last” and “For Your Love” followed.
She most recently played Janie Egin’s on the television show “Eve” for three seasons. Her most cherished production is her family which includes her husband Lenny Reid and their three children Sereno 9, Summer 3 and Sasha 1.
Natalie Desselle Reid Family
Her family includes her husband Lenny Reid and their three children Sereno 9, Summer 3 and Sasha 1.