Veronica Cartwright

Veronica Cartwright

Birth name: Veronica A. Cartwright
Born: April 20, 1949
Age: 74
Birthplace: Bristol, England, U.K.
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Veronica A. Cartwright (born 20 April 1949) is an English-born American actress who has worked mainly in American film and television in a career spanning six decades. As a child actress she appeared in supporting roles in The Children's Hour and The Birds. She is perhaps best known for her roles in the science fiction films Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) and Alien (1979), for which she won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress.


Early years

Cartwright was born in Bristol and grew up in Los Angeles, having emigrated to America shortly after the birth of her younger sister, actress Angela Cartwright. Her career as a child actress began in 1958 with a role in In Love and War. Among her early appearances was a semi-regular part in the television series Leave It to Beaver (as Beaver's classmate Violet Rutherford) and an episode of One Step Beyond "The Haunting" (1960) and The Twilight Zone "I Sing the Body Electric" (1962). She guest starred twice in 1963 in NBC's medical drama about psychiatry, The Eleventh Hour, in the episodes "The Silence of Good Men" and "My Name is Judith, I'm Lost, You See." Cartwright appeared in the films The Children's Hour (1961) and Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963), which were both highly successful. In The Birds, she was reunited with her TV father from Leave It To Beaver, Richard Deacon, although the two were not on screen together. She was cast as daughter Jemima Boone in the first two seasons of NBC's Daniel Boone from 1964 until 1966, with co-stars Fess Parker, Patricia Blair, Darby Hinton, Ed Ames, and Dallas McKennon. She was the youngest actress to win an Emmy for Tell Me Not in Mournful Numbers.

Mid-1960s to present day

Cartwright's career slowed during the late 1960s. She continued to work and achieved two of her biggest successes with Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) and Alien (1979), the latter performance winning her a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. She was originally cast as Alien's heroine Ellen Ripley, but director Ridley Scott switched her role with Sigourney Weaver's just prior to shooting the film.

Other film roles include: Spencer's Mountain with Henry Fonda and Kym Karath (1963), Inserts (1974), Goin' South (1978), The Right Stuff (1983), Flight of the Navigator (1986), The Witches of Eastwick (1987), Money Talks (1997), Scary Movie 2 (2001), Kinsey (2004) and Straight-Jacket (2004).

A frequent performer in television, she has played guest roles in such series as The Mod Squad, Miami Vice, Baywatch, L.A. Law, ER, The X-Files, Chicago Hope, Will & Grace, Touched by an Angel, Judging Amy, Six Feet Under, The Closer, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Cartwright has received three Emmy Award nominations, one for her work in ER in 1997, and two for her work on The X-Files in 1998 and 1999. Veronica Cartwright also starred as Mrs. Olive Osmond in the made for TV film Inside the Osmonds.

She co-starred in the fourth version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Invasion (2007). She appears on the cover art for the Scissor Sisters' 2006 single "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" as well as on their second album Ta-Dah.

In 2014, Cartwright reprised her role as Joan Lambert for DLC episodes in Alien: Isolation based on the original film. She appeared in the same year 2014, in the remake of The Town That Dreaded Sundown.


Cartwright is the older sister of actress Angela Cartwright, who appeared in The Sound of Music (1965) and as a regular in the television series Lost in Space and Make Room for Daddy.


Year Title Role Notes
1958 In Love and War Allie O'Neill (uncredited)
1961 Children's Hour, TheThe Children's Hour Rosalie Wells
1963 Birds, TheThe Birds Cathy Brenner
1963 Spencer's Mountain Becky Spencer (uncredited)
1963 One Man's Way Mary
1974 Inserts Harlene
1978 Kid from Not-So-Big, TheThe Kid from Not-So-Big Corinne
1978 Goin' South Hermine
1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers Nancy Bellicec
1979 Alien Joan Lambert Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1983 Nightmares Claire Houston Segment: "Night of the Rat"
1983 Right Stuff, TheThe Right Stuff Betty Grissom
1985 My Man Adam Elaine Swit
1986 Flight of the Navigator Helen Freeman
1987 Wisdom Samantha Wisdom
1987 Witches of Eastwick, TheThe Witches of Eastwick Felicia Alden Nominated-Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1989 Valentino Returns Patricia 'Pat' Gibbs
1990 False Identity Vera Errickson
1991 Walking the Dog Short film
1992 Man Trouble Helen Dextra
1994 Two Over Easy Molly Short film
1994 Mirror, Mirror 2: Raven Dance Sister Aja
1994 On Hope Woman in Grocery Short film
1995 Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh Octavia Tarrant
1996 Shoot the Moon Mrs. Thomas
1997 Money Talks Connie Cipriani
1997 Sparkler Dottie Delgato
1998 My Engagement Party Sarah Salsburg
1999 Slipping-Down Life, AA Slipping-Down Life Mrs. Casey
1999 Trash Principal Evans
2001 In the Bedroom Minister on Television
2001 Critic's Choice Watkins Short film
2001 Scary Movie 2 Mother
2002 Mackenheim Eleanor Short film
2003 Just Married Mrs. 'Pussy' McNerney (uncredited)
2004 Twisted Landlady (uncredited)
2004 Straight-Jacket Jerry Albrecht
2004 Kinsey Sara Kinsey
2005 Barry Dingle Eleanor Dingle
2007 Mommy's House Mommy Short film
2007 Invasion, TheThe Invasion Wendy Lenk
2009 Call of the Wild Sheriff Taylor
2010 Neowolf Mrs. Belakov Video
2011 Montana Amazon Margaret
2011 InSight Patricia
2012 Yellow Wallpaper, TheThe Yellow Wallpaper Catherine Sayer
2012 Adventures of the Dunderheads Margaret
2013 The Odd Way Home Francine
2014 The Town That Dreaded Sundown Lillian
Year Title Role Notes
1959 Zane Grey Theater Sarah Butler Episode: "The Lone Woman"
1959 Make Room for Daddy Girl in Play Episode: "Bob Hope and Danny Become Directors"
1959-1960 Leave It to Beaver Violet Rutherford Episode: "The Tooth"
Episode: "Beaver and Violet"
1960 Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond Gillian Episode: "The Haunting"
1960 Betty Hutton Show, TheThe Betty Hutton Show Fake Foster Child (uncredited) Episode: "Gullible Goldie"
1960-1961 Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Judy Davidson
Episode: "The Schwartz-Metterklume Method"
Episode: "Summer Shade"
1961 Make Room for Daddy Veronica Episode: "Teacher for a Day"
1961 Leave It to Beaver Violet Rutherford Episode: "Beaver's Rat"
1962 Route 66 Miriam (age 9) Episode: "Love Is a Skinny Kid"
1962 Twilight Zone Anne Rogers - age 11 Episode: "I Sing the Body Electric"
1963 Dick Powell Theatre, TheThe Dick Powell Theatre Episode: "The Third Side of a Coin"
1963 Leave It to Beaver Peggy MacIntosh Episode: "Don Juan Beaver"
1963 Eleventh Hour, TheThe Eleventh Hour Judith Cameron
Jan Ellendale
Episode: "My Name Is Judith, I'm Lost, You See"
Episode: "The Silence of Good Men"
1964 Tell Me Not in Mournful Numbers TV film
1964-1966 Daniel Boone Jemima Boone 36 episodes
1965 Dr. Kildare Nancy Hiller Episode: "Take Care of My Little Girl"
1965 Who Has Seen the Wind? Kiri Radek TV film
1968 Mannix Mrs. Goldberg (uncredited) Episode: "Edge of the Knife"
1968 Name of the Game, TheThe Name of the Game Nancy Robins Episode: "High on a Rainbow"
1969 Family Affair Jo-Ann Episode: "Flower Power"
1969 Dragnet 1967 Melissa Stevens Episode: "Personnel: The Shooting"
1969 Mod Squad Gail Whitney Episode: "The Girl in Chair Nine"
1970 Death Valley Days Episode: "Simple Question of Justice"
1970 Bold Ones: The Lawyers, TheThe Bold Ones: The Lawyers Mary Episode: "Point of Honor"
1970 Then Came Bronson Petey Traine Episode: "Still Waters"
1970 My Three Sons Ruth Fletcher Episode: "The Honeymoon"
1973 Here We Go Again Nancy Episode: "Sunday, Soggy Sunday"
1976 Bernice Bobs Her Hair Marjorie TV film
1976 Serpico Lucy Episode: "Dawn of the Furies"
1980 Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones Marceline 'Marcy' Jones TV film
1981 Big Black Pill, TheThe Big Black Pill Sister Theresa TV film
1982 Prime Suspect Janice Staplin TV film
1985 New Leave It to Beaver, TheThe New Leave It to Beaver Violet Rutherford Episode: "Violet Rutherford Returns"
1985 Robert Kennedy & His Times Ethel Skakel Kennedy TV miniseries
1986 Intimate Encounters Emily TV film
1987 Miami Vice Society Dame Episode: "By Hooker by Crook"
1988 Tanner '88 Molly Hark 10 episodes
1989 Desperate for Love Betty Petrie TV film
1989 Baywatch Mrs. Harris (uncredited) Episode: "Panic at Malibu Pier"
1989-1992 L.A. Law A.D.A. Margaret Flanagan 9 episodes
1990 Son's Promise, AA Son's Promise Dorothy Donaldson TV film
1990 Hitler's Daughter Patricia Benedict TV film
1991 CBS Schoolbreak Special Caroline Morris Episode: "Abby, My Love"
1991 Dead in the Water Victoria Haines TV film
1992 Lincoln & Seward TV film
1992 Lincoln and the War Within TV film
1993 It's Nothing Personal Barbara TV film
1993 Triumph Over Disaster: The Hurricane Andrew Story Carla Hulin TV film
1994 Dead Air The Caller TV film
1995 My Brother's Keeper Pat TV film
1996 American Gothic Angela Episode: "Dr. Death Takes a Holiday"
1996 Lottery, TheThe Lottery Maggie Dunbar TV film
1996 Sliders The Flame (voice) Episode: "The Fire Within"
1997 ER Norma Houston Episode: "Whose Appy Now?"
Episode: "Faith"
Nominated-Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
1997 Boston Common Betty Episode: "Here's to You, Mrs. Byrnes"
1997 Quicksilver Highway Myra TV film
1997 George & Leo Anna Episode: "The Wedding"
1998 George & Leo Anna Episode: "The Nine Wives of Leo Wagonman"
1998 Rat Pack, TheThe Rat Pack Rocky Cooper TV film
1998-1999 X-Files, TheThe X-Files Cassandra Spender 4 episodes
Nominated-Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
1999 Last Man on Earth, TheThe Last Man on Earth Director Elizabeth Riggs TV film
1999 Chicago Hope Karen Flanders Episode: "Team Play"
1999 Will & Grace Judith McFarland Episode: "Homo for the Holidays"
2001 Inside the Osmonds Olive Osmond TV film
2001 Touched by an Angel Shirlee Gibbons Episode: "Famous Last Words"
2002 Family Law Norma Benson Episode: "Arlene's Choice"
2002 Judging Amy Dorothea Mitchell Episode: "A Pretty Good Day"
2003 Without a Trace Mrs. Beckworth Episode: "There Goes the Bride"
2004 Dr. Vegas Evelyn Episode: "All In"
2004 Six Feet Under Peg Kimmel Episode: "Falling into Place"
Episode: "The Black Forest"
2005 Six Feet Under Peg Kimmel Episode: "A Coat of White Primer"
2005 Closer, TheThe Closer Vera Mathers Episode: "Good Housekeeping"
2005 Without a Trace Susan Episode: "John Michaels"
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Virginia Kennison Episode: "Starved"
2005 Nip/Tuck Mother Mary Claire Episode: "Quentin Costa"
2005-2006 Invasion Valerie Shenkman 5 episodes
2006 Boston Legal Judge Peggy Zeder Episode: "Helping Hands"
2006 Cold Case Mary Ryan Episode: "Dog Day Afternoons"
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Diane Chase Episode: "Rashomama"
2006 7th Heaven Ms. Fitzhenry Episode: "A Pain in the Neck"
2006 Nine, TheThe Nine Barbara Dalton Episode: "Brother's Keeper"
2007 Nine, TheThe Nine Barbara Dalton Episode: "Confessions"
Episode: "The Inside Man"
2007 October Road Lynn Farmer Episode: "Deck the Howls"
2009 Eastwick Bun Waverly 11 episodes
2010 Drop Dead Diva Marian Porter Episode: "Back from the Dead"
2010 Memphis Beat Miranda Episode: "I Shall Not Be Moved"
2010-2012 Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil Ms. Dominic (voice) 3 episodes
2012 Revenge Judge Elizabeth Blackwell Episode: "Scandal"
Episode: "Justice"
2013 Non-Stop Rose TV Movie
2014 Resurrection Helen Edgerton 6 episodes
2015 Bosch Irene Saxon 4 episodes

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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