Famous TV Aunt Fights Debilitating DiseaseMay 29, 2009
The folks over at mental_floss recently unveiled their “8 Memorable TV Uncles,” naming a hodgepodge of characters from the hunky Uncle Jesse on Full House to the eccentric Uncle Leo from Seinfeld. At the end of the post, they opened up the dialogue. Who was missing? And they didn’t just want to hear about uncles; they wanted aunts and cousins, too.
“You forgot Uncle Arthur and Aunt Clara,” one Bewitched fan replied.
I would add Aunt Vivian of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, originally portrayed by Janet Hubert, to the list as well. While the show certainly had its funny moments, I admire Hubert for a more serious reason.
Hubert is using her voice to raise awareness about osteoporosis, a potentially debilitating bone disease that affects an estimated 10 million Americans. Hubert and others remind us that osteoporosis does not respect race or gender.
May is an important time for NOF thanks to its designation as National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month. A recent NOF press release included a heartbreaking tale about a woman who lost two inches in height and said that her children were “afraid to hug me because I was so fragile.”
Recently, I wondered, Am I getting enough calcium? What about Vitamin D? Weight-bearing exercise? How about I get back to Hubert? In the meantime, I’ve made a promise to myself to take the mental_floss “Bone Trivia” quiz.
All kidding aside, google Hubert.You’ll likely see her described as the actress who clashed with Will Smith. So much has been made of that old dispute, but Hubert isn’t the first or only actor to be replaced for one reason or another.
The movin’-on-up Jeffersons had one son — who in fact was Lionel #1 and Lionel #2. Mike Evans had the role from 1971–75. Then Damon Evans (no relation) played the character until 1979, when Mike Evans returned. (Sorry, it’s the TV junkie in me rising.)