Miss July 1997 Daphnée Duplaix is one of the most successful Playmate-turned-actresses in the magazine’s history. Born in Manhattan, she is a mix of Italian, French, and Haitian descent. Her mother was a professional dancer who worked in both New York and Paris, which inspired Daphnée to pursue performing as well. She attended the International College of Fine Arts in Miami and paid for school by working as a Hooters waitress.
Daphnée began her acting career by appearing in a number of small roles on prominent television shows. Her credits include CSI, Angel, Felicity, and Dharma and Greg. She eventually found small roles in major movies including The Fighting Temptations and Catch Me If You Can.
One of Daphnée’s major breakthroughs came when she was cast in the soap opera Passions. She played the role of Valerie Davis, an executive assistant to Theresa Crane and her family. She appeared in 34 episodes of the show from 2004 through 2008. In her final episode, it is revealed that Valerie Davis is actually the alter ego of tabloid reporter Vincent Clarkson.
After her run on Passions, Daphnée took over the role of Rachel Gannon on the long-running soap opera One Life to Live. She was the fourth actress to perform the role in the series’ history. From 2009 to 2010 she appeared in 95 episodes of the show and earned an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series.
Since her successful soap opera roles, Daphnée continues to find work as an actress. In 2009 she hosted Show Us Your Wits for Playboy TV. She’s also appeared in House of Lies, The Mindy Project, and Last Man Standing.
Daphnée has three children. In 2003 she had twin boys Jaylen and Sebastien. In 2007 they were joined by her third son, Jaxson.