Vernee Watson-Johnson

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Vernee Watson-Johnson
Born Vernee Christell Watson
(1954-01-14) January 14, 1954 (age 61)
Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1970–present
Spouse(s) Joe Duckett (1976–1977; divorced)

Vernee Watson-Johnson (born January 14, 1954) is an American actress, author, and acting coach. She is best known for her recurring roles as Vernajean Williams on Welcome Back, Kotter and as Viola "Vy" Smith on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, playing the mother of Will Smith's character.

Watson-Johnson played Blue's love interest in the 1972 film Trick Baby written by IceBerg Slim. She was also a regular cast member of the 1985-1986 situation comedy Foley Square as Denise Willums, the secretary for Alex Harrigan, played by the show's star, Margaret Colin. She played a small role on Sister, Sister as Lisa's (Jackée Harry) best friend Patrice, and as the mayor's secretary, Lucille Banks, on Carter Country. She also had a recurring role as "Birdie" on The Young and the Restless. In 2005, she appeared in the film Christmas with the Kranks starring Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis.

In addition, Watson-Johnson has made appearances in episodes of television shows as The Love Boat,Hill Street Blues, Married... with Children, L.A. Law, Suddenly Susan, Dharma & Greg, ER, Days of Our Lives, Malcolm in the Middle, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Desperate Housewives, Ghost Whisperer, Benson, The Big Bang Theory, Good Times, Dexter, Two and a Half Men, Southland, Criminal Minds, A.N.T. Farm, and several other series.[1]

As a voice actress she has been tied to Hanna-Barbera Productions and Warner Bros. Animation with roles in shows such as Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels, Laff-A-Lympics, A Pup Named Scooby Doo, Animaniacs, Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond, as well as the feature film The Ant Bully, and several video games related to these productions.[2] From 1991 to 1992, she lent her voice to the show Baby Talk, where she was the voice of baby Danielle (played by Alicia and Celicia Johnson). In 2006, Watson-Johnson had roles in three films: The Ant Bully, The Celestine Prophecy and Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties.[1]

In 2005, Watson-Johnson was a witness in Michael Jackson's second case of child molestation.[3][4]

In March 2014, she appeared in season 3 episode 20 of Teen Wolf.


  1. ^ a b "Vernee Watson-Johnson Biography ((?)-)". Film Reference. Retrieved April 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Vernee Watson-Johnson voiceography". Voice Chasers. Retrieved April 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Witness Testimony: 5/18: Actress Vernee Watson Johnson". CBS Retrieved April 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Michael Jackson Trial Continues". May 18, 2005. Retrieved April 20, 2011. 

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