Vernee Watson is one of entertainment's most recognizable faces but one of its least recognizable names. She's been in over 200 commercials, including current advertisements for V-8, Fidelity Bank and several other well-known products. She has over 100 film and television credits to her name and has appeared on practically every network sitcom playing bit parts from secretaries to judges. But of course, she's most recognizable as Will Smith's mother on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, forming one leg of the super-cute black sisterhood quadrant along with Janet Hubert-Whitten (the original Aunt Vivian), Jenifer Lewis, and the grossly underrated Charlayne Woodard. After finishing a stint on Days of Our Lives, she continues to work steadily, starring in the new feature length motion picture Nocturnal Agony in the leading role of "Lois."
The highly anticipated film is a suspense filled, faith-based drama directed by award winning independent filmmaker Shuaib Mitchell (Too Saved, Straight Up Go-Go). Produced by Nubia Filmworks, LLC, the film is scheduled for release in 2012. In addition to her outstanding work as an actress, Mrs. Watson also teaches acting in LA, which is how she ended up testifying on Michael Jackson's behalf during his infamous molestation trial. It is clear that Vernee Watson is one of the most accomplished African-American actresses of our time and it seems that she will be around for many years to come.