“She loved it – it was one of her favorite roles,” Ms. Robinson recalled the actress telling her. “She got involved in a fairy tale that was changed from white to black.”
“For young black children to see stories that include them, even fairy tales, is one such ‘I am and I am in this world too,” message, “Ms. Robinson said.
Natalie Desselle Reid was born on July 12, 1967 in Alexandria, LA. His father, Paul Dessel, was an executive groundskeeper at England Air Force Base in Alexandria. His mother, Thelma, was a cafeteria worker who later became an administrative assistant at Peabody Magnet High School, from which Natalie, her sisters Paula and Calissa, and brother, Sherman, all graduated.
On 6 April 2003, Ms. Desselle married Leonard Reid. The couple has a son, Sereno, 23, and two teenage daughters, Samar and Sasha. Ms. Desselle took her husband’s surname, but continued to serve as Natalie Desselle.
She has a husband, three children, two sisters, brother and father.
Like her character in “BAPS”, Ms. Dusselle, who Ms. Robinson said she was inspired to pursue acting by the 1950 film “All About Eve”, went west to become a star. He called Ms. Robinson cold, who was one of the few black women working as a manager at the time, and asked him to meet her.
“I was not at all happy to have a lot of black clients, because they were very difficult to work with,” Ms. Robinson said. “And being black myself, that’s enough to make a statement.”