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Television Tue Jul 20 2010

"Aunt Viv": One of Chicago's Own

Just when I thought I was a pop culture professional, especially when it came to "all things Chicago," something manages to slip by my radar: I never knew that actress Janet Hubert, better known as [the original] "Aunt Viv" from "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," is from Chicago.

Yesterday, TV One premiered the new season of its biographical series "Life After," with Hubert's profile kicking off the season. In the half-hour program, she noted her Chicago roots, even listing her former address at 6131 S. Aberdeen in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood. She also mentioned that her parents moved her and her brothers to Momence, Illinois to begin a new life away from "the big city."

In addition, Hubert talked about her accomplishments in dance and theatre, her book, and of course, her departure and subsequent replacement on the popular sitcom.

"Life After: Janet Hubert," repeats on Sunday, July 25, at 7pm. Here is a preview of the show:

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Tina / July 25, 2010 10:15 PM

She looks amazing! I always thought that she was a better "Aunt Viv"

LDW / July 26, 2010 4:40 PM

Tina, I know countless others who would agree with you. And yes--she does look fabulous, indeed...

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Architecture Tue Nov 03 2015

Paul Goldberger Describes the "Pragmatism and Poetry" of Frank Gehry's Architecture in His New Book

By Nancy Bishop

Architecture critic Paul Goldberger talks about Frank Gehry's life and work in a new book.
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