Janet Hubert

Janet Hubert

Birth name: Janet Louise Hubert
Born: January 13, 1956
Age: 67
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
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Janet Louise Hubert (born January 13, 1956)[1] is an American film and television actress. She is best known for playing the role of the original Vivian Banks on the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from its first season 1990 until the end of its third season in 1993. Hubert was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in 1991.[2]

Hubert was born in Chicago, Illinois and spent her early days growing up on Chicago's South Side.[1] At the age of nine she moved with her family to rural Chicago.[1] She won a scholarship to the Juilliard School in New York City, but did not complete her studies.[1]


Personal life

Hubert was married to James Whitten from 1990 to 1994; they had a son, Elijah Isaac Whitten. She has been married to Larry Kraft since 2005. She suffers from osteoporosis and is the ambassador of the National Osteoporosis Foundation.[3]


Hubert was the original Tantomile in the first Broadway run of Cats.[4] Hubert played Aunt Viv on Fresh Prince, the role she is most known for. After she was fired from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Hubert's character was played by Daphne Reid for the remainder of the show's run. According to Will Smith, the show's star, he and Hubert had difficulties working together long before her pregnancy.[5]

She was featured in a 2002 episode of Friends as Chandler's boss. In 2005 she began playing the recurring role of Lisa Williamson, mother of attorney Evangeline Williamson, on One Life to Live. Her character has made occasional appearances since then. She was featured as Michel Gerard's mother in an episode of the CW show Gilmore Girls. She has made appearances on episodes of All My Children, Friends, NYPD Blue, The Bernie Mac Show, and Tyler Perry's House of Payne, among others.

Film and television

Year Title Role Notes
1988 21 Jump Street Councilwoman Travers Episode: "Fun with Animals"
1989 A Man Called Hawk Serita Episode: "Poison"
1990 Tales from the Crypt Psyche Episode: "Till Death"
1992 Reasonable Doubts Judge Mary Sims Episode: "Brother's Keeper"
1990-1993 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Vivian Banks 73 episodes
1994 Dave's World Episode: "Shel in Love"
1995 White Man's Burden Dinner Guest
1996 The Faculty Annette Freeman Episode: "Somewhere There's Music"
1997 The Jamie Foxx Show Edwina DuBois Episode: "Act Like You Love Me"
1997 Goode Behavior Dr. Pamela Fordham Episode: "Goode Lovin'"
1998 NYPD Blue Hiruut Kebede Episode: "Weaver of Hate"
1999 All My Children Alice Dawson Selected episodes
2001 30 Years to Life Joy's mother
2001-2002 The Job Adina Phillips 4 episodes
2002 The Weakest Link Herself 4th one voted off
2002 Gilmore Girls Gisele Gerard Episode: "Back in the Saddle Again"
2002 Friends Ms. McKenna Episode: "The One Where Emma Cries"
2004 Neurotica The Neighbor
2003-2004 The Bernie Mac Show Leora 2 episodes: "Meet the Grandparents" and "Make Room for Caddy"
2004 Proud Larry's mother
2004 Christmas at Water's Edge Mrs. Turner TV film
2005, 2010 One Life to Live Lisa Williamson 9 episodes
2011 Tyler Perry's House of Payne Evelyn Episode: "A Mother's Payne"
2015 Life Twirls On Aunt Lorraine TV series
2016 No Letting Go Dr. Stacey Slater Film
Ward of the State Diana Ward Film
Not Another Black Movie Aunt Gloria Film
2017 Marcus Garvey Biopic Sarah Jane Richards Film

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Denise Clinton
Year Nominee/work Award Result
Grand Theft Auto V Behind the Voice Actors Award for Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game Nominated

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