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Happy Birthday to actress and acting coach Vernee Watson-Johnson!  She was born on January 14, 1954.

Vernee has had a long-standing career in both television and film, but she is best known for her recurring roles as Vernajean Williams on “Welcome Back, Kotter” and as Viola “Vy” Smith on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” playing the mother of Will Smith’s character. She was also featured on “Carter Country,” “Sister, Sister,” “The Young & The Restless,” “Days of Our Lives,” and “Suit Up.” Vernee also had recurring roles on “The Big Bang Theory” and “Two and a Half Men,” and is a highly-regarded voice artist, as well.