Vivian Banks, "Fresh Prince of Bel Air"
We took to the original Vivian Banks with gusto. You know: the one played by Janet Hubert-Whitten for the first three seasons of the show. After all, Aunt Viv was smart and sassy -- the tools we use to survive motherhood. A college professor with a penchant for no-nonsense parenting, Aunt Viv was nonetheless nurturing and patient during the seemingly endless exploits of her mischievous inner-city nephew (played by Will Smith) and her triad of overly sheltered children. Just the right combination of drill sergeant and saint that eventually became one of our "go to" roles in real life.