8) Daphne Maxwell Reid: 2nd Vivian Banks
Daphne Maxwell Reid played the role of the second Vivian Banks. Vivian was the mother of the Banks family and Will’s aunt. Daphne started her career in modelling and was the first African-American model to appear on the cover of Glamour. She took over the role of Vivian Banks from Janet Hubert, in 1993, which she played till the end of the series. Her version of Vivian was a homemaker and not as fiery as the previous incarnation, although she still deeply loved her family. The sudden change of character was referenced in the show when Will’s best friend Jazz, comments, “You know, Mrs. Banks, ever since you had that baby, there’s something different about you.” Will then breaks the fourth wall and stares uncomfortably into the camera. After the end of Fresh Prince, She had roles on Crossing Jordan, Eveand Let’s Stay Together. Along with her husband Tim Reid, they opened the New Millennium Studios, and she received the Women of Vision Award from Women In Film & TV.