Vernee Watson (Stella Henry on General Hospital)

Current Character: Stella Henry

Birthday: 1954-01-14

Birthplace: Born in North Trenton, New Jersey

Marital Status: Divorced


Vernee Watson is an American actress, author, voice artist, and acting coach. She is probably best known for playing Will Smith’s mother Viola "Vy" Smith on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Verna Jean Williams on Welcome Back, Kotter. She is also known for her voice work on a number of Hanna-Barbera Productions and Warner Bros. Animation shows, including Batman: The Animated Series and Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels.

Career Highlights

General Hospital - Stella Henry (June 7, 2017 - present)
The Big Bang Theory – Nurse Althea (2007 - 2016)
The Ant Bully – Head Nurse (2006)
Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels – Dee Dee Sykes (voice) (1977 - 1980)
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – Viola “Vy” Smith (1990 - 1996)
Welcome Back Kotter – Verna Jean Williams (1975 - 1976)

Awards & Acclaim

Daytime Emmys Winner, Outstanding Supporting Actress (2019)
Daytime Emmy Winner, Outstanding Guest Appearance on a Daytime Drama (2018)


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