Janet Hubert as the First Vivian Banks in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
It blew our minds to see what little Nicky Banks looks like now — after all, he was just a little tyke when the series ended in 1996! One actress departed before little Nicky was even born, though: Janet Hubert, the first Aunt Vivian Banks.
Aunt Viv the First wasn't just a different actress; she was an entirely different character. Under Janet's reign, Viv was a no-nonsense career woman with a Ph. D — remember when she taught Black history at Will's school? — and absolutely regal fashion sense. She kept the whole Banks household in check, including Uncle Phil himself. Did we mention she's also an amazing dancer with a killer bod?
Viv 2.0 was softer around the edges; a matronly homemaker hesitant to take risks, leaving fans all over wondering: What happened to the original Viv? The story is long and complicated, and even 20 years after her departure from the show, it isn't yet resolved.
Click through to learn what happened to the first Aunt Viv, and to see what actress Janet Hubert looks like now!