When Curtis’ Aunt Stella made her first appearance in June of 2017, it immediately caused 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)
Although Stella has done nothing but cause trouble and drama for her nephew, Donnell Turner (Curtis) was thrilled to get a family member on the soap. “Oh, it’s good!” he enthused to Soaps In Depth when Watson first joined the cast of GH. “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.”
Stella isn't shy about showing her disapproval of Jordan and Curtis' relationship! (Photo Credit: XJJohnson/jpistudios.com)
Stella was not happy to learn that Curtis was dating Jordan Ashford, the woman she blamed for her nephew Tommy’s death. So when Curtis popped the question during the 2018 Nurses Ball, she saw red. And whether or not she allows her nephew to walk down the aisle with Jordan remains to be seen! Stay tuned to see how the storyline develops, and for more GH news, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!