Vernee Watson Bio, Career, Husband, Net Worth and Other Details

Vernee Watson is an American actress renowned for her role Viola “Vy” Smith, mother of Will Smith’s character on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. She has been active in the showbiz industry for more than five decades. Besides being an actress, she is also an author, producer, director and acting coach. Regarding her relationship, she has been married and divorced twice. 

Vernee Watson Was a Member of an Theatrical Ensemble

Vernee was born on January 14, 1954, in North Trenton, New Jersey, USA. she grew up in her hometown, graduating from Cathedral High School. Then, she joined New York University from where she majored in drama. 

Before appearing on screen, Watson was a member of the Al Fann Theatrical Ensemble in Manhattan. She joined the Al Fann Theatrical Ensemble when she was 17 and toured with the group for 5 years. 

She Started Her Acting Journey at 17

Vernee Watson
Source: Daytime Confidential

Watson’s acting career began while she was just 17 years old. Her first role on the big screen was a minor role in the movie, Cotton Comes to Harlem. However, she only got to be on TV after five years. She debuted on television in 1975 as Verna Jean Williams in the series, Welcome Back, Kotter. 

Likewise, Watson has appeared in many hit Tv series including The Young and the Restless, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, and Desperate Housewives. Her most notable work includes The Kid (2000), Christmas with the Kranks (2004) and General Hospital (1963). 

Moreover, she is also a two-time Daytime Emmy Award Winner. She first won the Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series award in 2018 due to her role in General Hospital. Again in the following year, she won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series from the same series. 

Furthermore, Vernee has worked as a voice actress with Hanna-Barbera Productions and Warner Bros. she has voiced for many hit animated movies and series like Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels, Laff-A-Lympics, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, Animaniacs, Batman: The Animated Series, etc. 

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She is Currently Single

The 67-year old actress was married to a man named Joe Duckett the couple exchanged wedding vows on 1976, 6 February. However, their relationship didn’t last long. And, they got a divorce in 1977. 

Then, after a couple of years, Watson met a photographer named Van Johnson. After dating few times, the couple got married in 1979. They were married to each other for more than a decade and even had two children together. Their children’s name is Sunde Jinia Johnson and Josh Johnson. Watson and Johnson got divorced in 1991. 

Since then, there have not been any rumors about Watson’s dating life. Also, she hasn’t disclosed anything about her having a significant other. So, at present Watson is most probably single. 

Vernee Watson Net Worth

Vernee Watson in Abishola
Source: Michael Fairman TV

According to celebrity Net Worth, Vernee has an estimated net worth of $3 million. She has been active in the showbiz industry for more than 5 decades. Moreover, she coaches acting too. And, with her long resume, it’s no surprise that she has made such a wealth. 

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