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.

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