Curtis’ Aunt Stella made her first appearance on June 7, immediately causing GENERAL HOSPITAL fans to wonder why they recognize the actress playing the role! Well, that’s Vernee Watson playing Stella, and she’ll be very familiar to viewers from her numerous roles in primetime television over the decades!
Watson has appeared on shows like HILL STREET BLUES, THE X-FILES, MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, and most recently as Althea on THE BIG BANG THEORY. But the actress is best known for her recurring role as Vernajean Williams on the classic sitcom WELCOME BACK, KOTTER in the ‘70s and playing Will Smith’s mother, Viola ‘Vy’ Smith, on THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR in the ‘90s.
Watson with Will Smith on THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR in 1991. (Photo Credit: Joseph Del Valle/NBCU Photo Bank)
Now that Aunt Stella has arrived in Port Charles, she’s sure to cause some friction between Curtis and Jordan! “Oh, it’s good!” Donnell Turner (Curtis) told Soaps In Depth of his excitement over the upcoming storyline and getting a family member on the show. “I’m pleased they would go there for me. Like any good auntie on a soap, she’s going to cause some trouble.”
And Turner is well aware of his on-screen aunt’s impressive show biz resume! “I get to work with a legend!” he enthused. “I’m just incredibly grateful.”
Stay tuned to GH to find out exactly what kind of trouble Aunt Stella causes for poor Curtis, and for more casting news, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!