Earlier today we reported on the untimely passing of well-known television and film actress Natalie Desselle Reid. She passed away from colon cancer, the same illness that claimed the life of Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman in late August.
The actress had appeared on-screen since 1996 in movies like B*A*P*S and Cinderella, and was loved by fans for her snappy humor. Since the news of her death broke, there has been an outpouring of love from industry insiders, fellow actors and fans.
Halle Berry, who starred in B*A*P*S with Desselle Reid, shared a gif of the two hugging, saying, “I’m in total shock… completely heartbroken. gonna need a minute.” Just three days ago, Berry had shared a behind the scenes video from the film that showed the two hanging out and having a good time.
Netflix’s Jasmyn Lawson, a TV executive, shared that she had wanted to host Desselle Reid on the streaming services’s franchise Strong Black Legends, a popular podcast during which Black actors and actresses get their flowers. “I reached out to Natalie Desselle-Reid exactly one year ago to book her for Strong Black Legends,” Lawson wrote on Twitter. “She was one of the most requested guests. She didn’t respond (I assumed she wanted privacy). But hopefully, she knows that we considered her a LEGEND.”
Danielle Brooks of Orange Is the New Black spoke out about Desselle Reid via social media as well. “She was beyond kind and I’m grateful we were able to share a few conversations together,” Brooks said. “I stand on her shoulders, and I will make sure to always remind people of her legacy and contribution to this industry.”
Keep scrolling to see some of Desselle Reid’s best-remembered television and movie roles.