Whatever Happened to Karyn Parsons?

TVOvermind | 9/27/2018 | Tom
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Karyn Parsons is one of those actors that absolutely thrived in the 90s due to the fact that her characters tended to be very stylish, had the kind of attitude that said “look at me and love me” and was the epitome of a valley girl when it came to the shows she starred on. Most people will likely remember her best from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air since this is where she really got rolling with her career despite the the fact that she debuted in the late 80s and the Fresh Prince started up in 1990. Her fame on the show began to translate to greater fame in the roles she took and the movies that she appeared in in later years as Hilary Banks was the name that made people stand up and pay attention to her. She did have a definite sense of style when she played the character though this became slightly toned down as she took on other roles that weren’t quite as flamboyant as Hilary.

One thing about Hilary is that if not for Parsons’ ambition and obvious dedication to her work people might have taken her as a rather vapid and superficial person. There wasn’t a lot of depth to Hilary, at least not any that could be seen all the time. For the most part she was a self-centered rich girl that didn’t think much about others and simply assumed the world was there to serve her. It might be assumed that she allowed the life of luxury that her family enjoyed to change her but in a flashback episode that showed the kids as much younger it was revealed that Hilary was always pretty superficial and didn’t really have much humility to her at all. There were moments when she seemed...
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