|Intro||American film and television actress|
|Is||Actor Television actor Film actor Stage actor|
|From||United States of America|
|Type||Film, TV, Stage & Radio|
|Birth||13 January 1956, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA|
Janet Louise Hubert (born January 13, 1956) 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 in 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. Her performance as Mignon on the digital series King Ester garnered her first Daytime Emmy Award nomination in 2020.
Hubert was born in Chicago, Illinois and spent her early days growing up on Chicago's South Side. At the age of nine she moved with her family to rural Chicago. She won a scholarship to the Juilliard School in New York City, but did not complete her studies.
After performing in the national tour of Dancin', Hubert made her Broadway debut in 1981, in the ensemble of The First, a short-lived musical about Jackie Robinson. Hubert created the role of Tantomile in the original Broadway production of Cats, and also understudied Grizabella and Demeter. She left Cats in April of 1983 to star in the national tour of Sophisticated Ladies, opposite Dee Dee Bridgewater and Gregg Burge. Hubert played Aunt Viv on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, the role she is most known for. After she was allegedly fired by the makers of The Fresh Prince, Hubert's character was recast and played by Daphne Maxwell 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.
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, NYPD Blue, The Bernie Mac Show, and Tyler Perry's House of Payne, among others. In November 2018, it was announced that Hubert had been cast on the daytime soap opera, General Hospital; she made her debut as Yvonne on December 7, 2018.
Hubert appeared in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion on HBO Max in November 2020. In a private conversation for the special, she and Smith spoke for the first time since her departure from the show. More information and context was offered regarding the situation and her exit. Hubert discussed issues in her personal life, her abusive marriage and revealed she had not actually been fired from the show as largely believed; she was offered a "bad deal" to return for the fourth season, a deal she turned down. Smith spoke about how he was neither "sensitive" nor "perceptive" to Hubert's situation and that he was very young and immature at that time. Being a parent now, however, has taught him how to understand what she was dealing with. Smith assured Hubert he wishes he had acted differently and apologized for his actions. In the end, the two appeared to reconcile. Hubert then joined the rest of the guests at the reunion.
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.
|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"|
|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|
|Gilmore Girls||Gisele Gerard||Episode: "Back in the Saddle Again"|
|Friends||Ms. McKenna||Episode: "The One Where Emma Cries"|
|2003–2004||The Bernie Mac Show||Leora||2 episodes: "Meet the Grandparents" and "Make Room for Caddy"|
|Christmas at Water's Edge||Mrs. Turner||TV film|
|2005, 2007 & 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|
|2018–present||General Hospital||Yvonne Godfrey|
|2019–present||King Ester||Mignon Pappion|
|2013||Grand Theft Auto V||Denise Clinton|
|2014||Grand Theft Auto V||Behind the Voice Actors Award||Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game||Nominated|
|2020||King Ester||Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Digital Drama Series|