Even though General Hospital’s Aunt Stella is trying hard to make nephew Curtis feel comfortable as he deals with challenges, actress Vernee Watson has things much easier as she is celebrating a milestone.
Happy Birthday, Vernee Watson
That’s because she was born on September 28, 1949, in New York City, New York, which means that this talented performer is turning 74 years old today! After earning her theater degree from New York University, 17-year-old Watson joined the Al Fann Theatrical Ensemble, an acting troupe that she would tour with for five years.
In 1972, Watson had a cameo role in the film Cotton Comes to Harlem, and two years later, she was a principal player in Trick Baby. Subsequently, she obtained a number of recurring and starring roles on some of the biggest primetime hits of the 70s, 80s, and 90s.
Chief among those many programs were Welcome Back, Kotter, Carter Country, Foley Square (which starred Margaret Colin — ex-Margo, As the World Turns), The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Sister, Sister. A small sampling of her other film credits includes Norman…Is That You, All Night Long, and Antwone Fisher.
As a voice actress, Vernee Watson has a long association with Hanna-Barbera Productions and Warner Bros. Animation. Among her plethora of animated series and films are Captain Caveman and the Teenage Angels, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, Animaniacs, and Batman: The Animated Series.
In 1999, Watson had a recurring part on the CBS soap The Young and the Restless, which proved to be a great training ground for her future turn as GH’s Stella Henry — a character she has embodied, on and off, since June 7, 2017.