Vernee Christell Watson-Johnson
(born January 14, 1954, in North Trenton, New Jersey) is an African-American actress, best known for playing Will Smith's mother on the NBC
sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
. Her first and most famous voice role for Hanna-Barbera was Dee Dee Skyes
on Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels
. She also had guest roles on The World's Greatest Superfriends
and A Pup Named Scooby-Doo
Watson-Johnson appeared on The People's Court in the mid-1980s when a former acting student sued her because the student was not getting any acting job offers. She won the lawsuit.
In May 2005, Watson-Johnson testified on behalf of the defense in pop singer Michael Jackson's trial on charges of child molestation.