7) Janet Hubert: The 1st Vivian Banks
Janet Hubert played the role of the original Vivian Banks. Vivian was the mother of the Banks Family and Will’s aunt. Before Fresh Prince, Janet appeared in the Broadway play, Cats. She also had roles on TV series, such as 21 Jump Street and Tales From The Crypt. She played the role of Vivian Banks for the first three seasons, from 1991 to 1993. She was nominated for an NAACP Image Award For Outstanding Actress in a Comedy for her role as Vivian. Janet’s version of Vivian was straightforward, outspoken and career minded. Apparently, Will and Janet had many creative differences and didn’t get along behind the scenes. She was fired after the third season and replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid for the rest of the series. In 2013, she said that she’d like to put the over 20-year feud with Will behind her and move on. After Fresh Prince, she appeared on One Life To Live, Friends and Gilmore Girls. She has many health issues and suffers from osteoporosis. She is an ambassador for the National Osteoporosis Foundation.