Vernee Watson-Johnson


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Birth Name: Vernee Watson-Johnson
Born: 01/14/1954
Birth Place: Trenton, New Jersey, USA

A character actress with an extensive and decades-long career in some of the most well-known American television shows of their time, Vernee Watson-Johnson was perhaps most familiar to a generation as Viola 'Vy' Smith, the mother of Will Smith's lead character in the hugely popular sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (NBC 1990-96). She also worked extensively as an animation voice artist. Offscreen, she was also in the media in 2005 when she appeared as a witness for the defense at the second trial of Michael Jackson on child molestation charges.

Born and raised in North Trenton, NJ, as Vernee Christell Watson, Watson-Johnson worked steadily from her entrance into show business at... Continue Bio >>


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