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Veronica A. Cartwright (born 20 April 1949) is a British-born American actress who has worked mainly in US 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 1970s science fiction films Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Alien, for which she won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. In the 1980s, she appeared in The Right Stuff and The Witches of Eastwick. In the 1990s, she received three Emmy nominations as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her roles on the television series ER and The X-Files.

Veronica Cartwright
Veronica Cartwright.jpg
Cartwright in 2006
Born (1949-04-20) 20 April 1949 (age 70)
Bristol, United Kingdom
Years active1958–present
Richard Gates
(m. 1968; div. 1972)

Stanley Goldstein
(m. 1976; div. 1980)

Richard Compton
(m. 1982; died 2007)
RelativesAngela Cartwright (sister)


Early life and educationEdit

Cartwright was born in Bristol and grew up in Los Angeles, having immigrated to the US shortly after the birth of her younger sister, actress Angela Cartwright. In 1958, her career as a child actress began with a role in In Love and War. Among her early appearances were repeated roles in the television series Leave It to Beaver (as Beaver's classmates Violet Rutherford and, later, Peggy MacIntosh) and episodes of One Step Beyond "The Haunting" (1960) and The Twilight Zone "I Sing the Body Electric" (1962). In 1963, she guest starred twice 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 cast along with her television father from Leave It to Beaver, Richard Deacon, although the two were not on screen together. She played 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 won a regional Emmy Award for the television movie Tell Me Not in Mournful Numbers (1964). [1][2]


Cartwright achieved 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. 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 (1978) and 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, and appeared in the remake of The Town That Dreaded Sundown.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
1958 In Love and War Allie O'Neill Uncredited
1961 The Children's Hour Rosalie Wells
1963 The Birds Cathy Brenner
1963 Spencer's Mountain Becky Spencer Uncredited
1964 One Man's Way Mary
1975 Inserts Harlene
1978 Goin' South Hermine
1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers Nancy Bellicec
1978 The Kid from Not-So-Big Corinne
1979 Alien Joan Lambert Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1983 Nightmares Claire Houston (segment: "Night of the Rat")
1983 The Right Stuff Betty Grissom
1984 Terror in the Aisles Nancy Bellicec (archival footage)
1985 My Man Adam Elaine Swit
1986 Flight of the Navigator Helen Freeman
1987 Wisdom Samantha Wisdom
1987 The 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
1992 Man Trouble Helen Dextra
1994 Mirror, Mirror 2: Raven Dance Sister Aja
1994 Speed Bag Lady Uncredited
1994 On Hope Woman in Grocery Short
1994 Two Over Easy Molly Short
1995 Candyman: 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 A Slipping-Down Life Mrs. Casey
1999 Trash Principal Evans
2001 In the Bedroom Minister on Television
2001 Critic's Choice Watkins Short
2001 Scary Movie 2 Mother
2002 Mackenheim Eleanor Short
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
2007 The Invasion Wendy Lenk
2009 Call of the Wild Sheriff Taylor
2010 Neowolf Mrs. Belakov
2011 InSight Patricia
2012 The Yellow Wallpaper Catherine Sayer
2011 Montana Amazon Margaret
2013 The Odd Way Home Francine
2014 The Town That Dreaded Sundown Lillian
2015 The Dark Below Tess
2019 Limbo Louise


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 The 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 The Twilight Zone Anne Rogers - age 11 Episode: "I Sing the Body Electric"
1963 The Dick Powell Theatre Episode: "The Third Side of a Coin"
1963 Leave It to Beaver Peggy MacIntosh Episode: "Don Juan Beaver"
1963 The 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 Television film
1964–1966 Daniel Boone Jemima Boone 37 episodes
1965 Dr. Kildare Nancy Hiller Episode: "Take Care of My Little Girl"
1965 Who Has Seen the Wind? Kiri Radek Television film
1968 Mannix Mrs. Goldberg Uncredited, Episode: "Edge of the Knife"
1968 The 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 The 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 Television film
1976 Serpico Lucy Episode: "Dawn of the Furies"
1980 Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones Marceline 'Marcy' Jones TV miniseries
1981 The Big Black Pill Sister Theresa Television film
1982 Prime Suspect Janice Staplin Television film
1985 The 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 Television film
1987 Miami Vice Society Dame Episode: "By Hooker by Crook"
1988 Tanner '88 Molly Hark 10 episodes
1989 Desperate for Love Betty Petrie Television film
1989 Baywatch Mrs. Harris Uncredited, Episode: "Panic at Malibu Pier"
1989–1992 L.A. Law A.D.A. Margaret Flanagan 9 episodes
1990 A Son's Promise Dorothy Donaldson Television film
1990 Hitler's Daughter Patricia Benedict Television film
1991 CBS Schoolbreak Special Caroline Morris Episode: "Abby, My Love"
1991 Dead in the Water Victoria Haines Television film
1992 Lincoln & Seward Television film
1992 Lincoln and the War Within Television film
1993 It's Nothing Personal Barbara Television film
1993 Triumph Over Disaster: The Hurricane Andrew Story Carla Hulin Television film
1994 Dead Air The Caller Television film
1995 My Brother's Keeper Pat Television film
1996 American Gothic Angela Episode: "Dr. Death Takes a Holiday"
1996 The Lottery Maggie Dunbar Television 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 Television film
1997-1998 George & Leo Anna Episode: "The Wedding"
Episode: "The Nine Wives of Leo Wagonman"
1998 The Rat Pack Rocky Cooper Television film
1998–1999, 2018[4] The X-Files Cassandra Spender 4 episodes
Nominated-Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (1998-1999)
1999 The Last Man on Planet Earth Director Elizabeth Riggs Television 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 Television 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"
2004–2005 Six Feet Under Peg Kimmel 3 episodes
2005 The 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 The Nine Barbara Dalton Episode: "Brother's Keeper"
2007 The Nine Barbara Dalton Episode: "Confessions"
Episode: "The Inside Man"
2007 October Road Lynn Farmer Episode: "Deck the Howls"
2008 The Mr. Men Show Little Miss Elderly, Little Miss Jotünheim, Little Miss Scarlett Voice
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 Television film
2014 Resurrection Helen Edgerton 6 episodes
2015 Bosch Irène Saxon 4 episodes
2016 The Loud House Sue Voice, Episode: "The Old and the Restless"
2016 Criminal Minds Flora Martin Episode: "The Bond"
2017 Mom, I Didn't Do It Judge Tannin Television film
2018 Supernatural Lily Sunder Episode: "Byzantium"
2019 The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Mrs McGarvey Episode: "Doctor Cerberus’s House of Horror"


  1. ^ interview, February 2014
  2. ^ page for Veronica Cartwright
  3. ^ The Town That Dreaded Sundown
  4. ^ "Ben L Maden on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 30 April 2018.


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