Veronica Cartwright

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Veronica Cartwright
Veronica Cartwright.jpg
Cartwright in May 2006
BornVeronica A. Cartwright
(1949-04-20) 20 April 1949 (age 65)
Bristol, England, U.K.
Years active1958–present
Spouse(s)Richard Gates (1968–1972; divorced)
Stanley Goldstein (1976–?; divorced)
Richard Compton (1982–2007; his death)
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Veronica Cartwright
Veronica Cartwright.jpg
Cartwright in May 2006
BornVeronica A. Cartwright
(1949-04-20) 20 April 1949 (age 65)
Bristol, England, U.K.
Years active1958–present
Spouse(s)Richard Gates (1968–1972; divorced)
Stanley Goldstein (1976–?; divorced)
Richard Compton (1982–2007; his death)

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[edit]

Cartwright was born in Bristol, southwest England, and grew up in Toronto and Los Angeles. 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 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. 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[edit]

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 (1976), 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: SVU. 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.


Veronica Cartwright's younger sister is the 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.


1958In Love and WarAllie O'Neill (uncredited)
1961Children's Hour, TheThe Children's HourRosalie Wells
1963Birds, TheThe BirdsCathy Brenner
1963Spencer's MountainBecky Spencer (uncredited)
1964One Man's WayMary
1978Kid from Not-So-Big, TheThe Kid from Not-So-BigCorinne
1978Goin' SouthHermine
1978Invasion of the Body SnatchersNancy Bellicec
1979AlienJoan LambertSaturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1983NightmaresClaire HoustonSegment: "Night of the Rat"
1983Right Stuff, TheThe Right StuffBetty Grissom
1985My Man AdamElaine Swit
1986Flight of the NavigatorHelen Freeman
1987WisdomSamantha Wisdom
1987Witches of Eastwick, TheThe Witches of EastwickFelicia AldenNominated-Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1989Valentino ReturnsPatricia 'Pat' Gibbs
1990False IdentityVera Errickson
1991Walking the DogShort film
1992Man TroubleHelen Dextra
1994Two Over EasyMollyShort film
1994Mirror, Mirror 2: Raven DanceSister Aja
1994On HopeWoman in GroceryShort film
1995Candyman 2: Farewell to the FleshOctavia Tarrant
1996Shoot the MoonMrs. Thomas
1997Money TalksConnie Cipriani
1997SparklerDottie Delgato
1998My Engagement PartySarah Salsburg
1999Slipping-Down Life, AA Slipping-Down LifeMrs. Casey
1999TrashPrincipal Evans
2001In the BedroomMinister on Television
2001Critic's ChoiceWatkinsShort film
2001Scary Movie 2Mother
2002MackenheimEleanorShort film
2003Just MarriedMrs. 'Pussy' McNerney (uncredited)
2004TwistedLandlady (uncredited)
2004Straight-JacketJerry Albrecht
2004KinseySara Kinsey
2005Barry DingleEleanor Dingle
2007Mommy's HouseMommyShort film
2007Invasion, TheThe InvasionWendy Lenk
2009Call of the WildSheriff Taylor
2010NeowolfMrs. BelakovVideo
2011Montana AmazonMargaret
2012Yellow Wallpaper, TheThe Yellow WallpaperCatherine Sayer
2012Adventures of the DunderheadsMargaret
2013Odd Way Home, TheThe Odd Way HomeFrancinePost-production
2014The Town That Dreaded SundownLillianPost-production
1959Zane Grey TheaterSarah ButlerEpisode: "The Lone Woman"
1959Make Room for DaddyGirl in PlayEpisode: "Bob Hope and Danny Become Directors"
1959–1960Leave It to BeaverViolet RutherfordEpisode: "The Tooth"
Episode: "Beaver and Violet"
1960Alcoa Presents: One Step BeyondGillianEpisode: "The Haunting"
1960Betty Hutton Show, TheThe Betty Hutton Show'Fake Foster Child (uncredited)Episode: "Gullible Goldie"
1960–1961Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Judy Davidson
Episode: "The Schwartz-Metterklume Method"
Episode: "Summer Shade"
1961Make Room for DaddyVeronicaEpisode: "Teacher for a Day"
1961Leave It to BeaverViolet RutherfordEpisode: "Beaver's Rat"
1962Route 66Miriam (age 9)Episode: "Love Is a Skinny Kid"
1962Twilight ZoneAnne Rogers - age 11Episode: "I Sing the Body Electric"
1963Dick Powell Theatre, TheThe Dick Powell TheatreEpisode: "The Third Side of a Coin"
1963Leave It to BeaverPeggy MacIntoshEpisode: "Don Juan Beaver"
1963Eleventh Hour, TheThe Eleventh HourJudith Cameron
Jan Ellendale
Episode: "My Name Is Judith, I'm Lost, You See"
Episode: "The Silence of Good Men"
1964Tell Me Not in Mournful NumbersTV film
1964–1966Daniel BooneJemima Boone36 episodes
1965Dr. KildareNancy HillerEpisode: "Take Care of My Little Girl"
1965Who Has Seen the Wind?Kiri RadekTV film
1968MannixMrs. Goldberg (uncredited)Episode: "Edge of the Knife"
1968Name of the Game, TheThe Name of the GameNancy RobinsEpisode: "High on a Rainbow"
1969Family AffairJo-AnnEpisode: "Flower Power"
1969Dragnet 1967Melissa StevensEpisode: "Personnel: The Shooting"
1969Mod SquadGail WhitneyEpisode: "The Girl in Chair Nine"
1970Death Valley DaysEpisode: "Simple Question of Justice"
1970Bold Ones: The Lawyers, TheThe Bold Ones: The LawyersMaryEpisode: "Point of Honor"
1970Then Came BronsonPetey TraineEpisode: "Still Waters"
1970My Three SonsRuth FletcherEpisode: "The Honeymoon"
1973Here We Go AgainNancyEpisode: "Sunday, Soggy Sunday"
1976Bernice Bobs Her HairMarjorieTV film
1976SerpicoLucyEpisode: "Dawn of the Furies"
1980Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim JonesMarceline 'Marcy' JonesTV film
1981Big Black Pill, TheThe Big Black PillSister TheresaTV film
1982Prime SuspectJanice StaplinTV film
1985New Leave It to Beaver, TheThe New Leave It to BeaverViolet RutherfordEpisode: "Violet Rutherford Returns"
1985Robert Kennedy & His TimesEthel Skakel KennedyTV miniseries
1986Intimate EncountersEmilyTV film
1987Miami ViceSociety DameEpisode: "By Hooker by Crook"
1988Tanner '88Molly Hark10 episodes
1989Desperate for LoveBetty PetrieTV film
1989BaywatchMrs. Harris (uncredited)Episode: "Panic at Malibu Pier"
1989–1992L.A. LawA.D.A. Margaret Flanagan9 episodes
1990Son's Promise, AA Son's PromiseDorothy DonaldsonTV film
1990Hitler's DaughterPatricia BenedictTV film
1991CBS Schoolbreak SpecialCaroline MorrisEpisode: "Abby, My Love"
1991Dead in the WaterVictoria HainesTV film
1992Lincoln & SewardTV film
1992Lincoln and the War WithinTV film
1993It's Nothing PersonalBarbaraTV film
1993Triumph Over Disaster: The Hurricane Andrew StoryCarla HulinTV film
1994Dead AirThe CallerTV film
1995My Brother's KeeperPatTV film
1996American GothicAngelaEpisode: "Dr. Death Takes a Holiday"
1996Lottery, TheThe LotteryMaggie DunbarTV film
1996SlidersThe Flame (voice)Episode: "The Fire Within"
1997ERNorma HoustonEpisode: "Whose Appy Now?"
Episode: "Faith"
Nominated-Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
1997Boston CommonBettyEpisode: "Here's to You, Mrs. Byrnes"
1997Quicksilver HighwayMyraTV film
1997George & LeoAnnaEpisode: "The Wedding"
1998George & LeoAnnaEpisode: "The Nine Wives of Leo Wagonman"
1998Rat Pack, TheThe Rat PackRocky CooperTV film
1998–1999X-Files, TheThe X-FilesCassandra Spender4 episodes
Nominated-Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (1998-1999)
1999Last Man on Earth, TheThe Last Man on EarthDirector Elizabeth RiggsTV film
1999Chicago HopeKaren FlandersEpisode: "Team Play"
1999Will & GraceJudith McFarlandEpisode: "Homo for the Holidays"
2001Inside the OsmondsOlive OsmondTV film
2001Touched by an AngelShirlee GibbonsEpisode: "Famous Last Words"
2002Family LawNorma BensonEpisode: "Arlene's Choice"
2002Judging AmyDorothea MitchellEpisode: "A Pretty Good Day"
2003Without a TraceMrs. BeckworthEpisode: "There Goes the Bride"
2004Dr. VegasEvelynEpisode: "All In"
2004Six Feet UnderPeg KimmelEpisode: "Falling into Place"
Episode: "The Black Forest"
2005Six Feet UnderPeg KimmelEpisode: "A Coat of White Primer"
2005Closer, TheThe CloserVera MathersEpisode: "Good Housekeeping"
2005Without a TraceSusanEpisode: "John Michaels"
2005Law & Order: Special Victims UnitVirginia KennisonEpisode: "Starved"
2005Nip/TuckMother Mary ClaireEpisode: "Quentin Costa"
2005–2006InvasionValerie Shenkman5 episodes
2006Boston LegalJudge Peggy ZederEpisode: "Helping Hands"
2006Cold CaseMary RyanEpisode: "Dog Day Afternoons"
2006CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationDiane ChaseEpisode: "Rashomama"
20067th HeavenMs. FitzhenryEpisode: "A Pain in the Neck"
2006Nine, TheThe NineBarbara DaltonEpisode: "Brother's Keeper"
2007Nine, TheThe NineBarbara DaltonEpisode: "Confessions"
Episode: "The Inside Man"
2007October RoadLynn FarmerEpisode: "Deck the Howls"
2009EastwickBun Waverly11 episodes
2010Drop Dead DivaMarian PorterEpisode: "Back from the Dead"
2010Memphis BeatMirandaEpisode: "I Shall Not Be Moved"
2010–2012Kick Buttowski: Suburban DaredevilMs. Dominic (voice)3 episodes
2012RevengeJudge Elizabeth BlackwellEpisode: "Scandal"
Episode: "Justice"
2013Non-StopRoseTV Movie
2014ResurrectionHelen Edgerton6 episodes


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