Veronica Cartwright

Veronica 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 best known for her roles in the 1970s science fiction films Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Alien, winning a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress for the latter. 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
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Cartwright in 2006
Born (1949-04-20) 20 April 1949 (age 72)
Bristol, United Kingdom
Years active1958–present
Richard Gates
(m. 1968; div. 1972)
Stanley Goldstein
(m. 1976; div. 1980)
(m. 1982; died 2007)
RelativesAngela Cartwright (sister)

Early life and educationEdit

Cartwright was born in Bristol and grew up in Los Angeles, having emigrated 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)[1]. 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)[2], 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).[3]


Cartwright achieved success 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 Route 66, 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[4], 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, 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.[5][6] She played the role of Sibley Gamble, a psychic on General Hospital between July 8, 2019 and July 16, 2019[7].

Cartwright's many theatre credits include Electra, Tallys Folly, The Bat[8] and The Master Builder[9], for which she received brilliant reviews. Her performances in The Hands of it's Enemy[10], The Triplet Collection and Homesteaders, each brought her Drama-Logue Awards for Best Actress[11].



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
Spencer's Mountain Becky Spencer Uncredited
1964 One Man's Way Mary
1975 Inserts Harlene
1978 Goin' South Hermine
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Nancy Bellicec
The Kid from Not-So-Big Corinne
1979 Alien Joan Lambert, Navigator Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1983 Nightmares Claire Houston (segment: "Night of the Rat")
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
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 Unknown Short
1992 Man Trouble Helen Dextra
1994 Mirror, Mirror 2: Raven Dance Sister Aja
Speed Bag Lady Uncredited
On Hope Woman In Grocery Short
Two Over Easy Molly Short
1995 Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh Octavia Tarrant
1996 Shoot the Moon Mrs. Thomas
1997 Money Talks Connie Cipriani
Sparkler Dottie Delgato
1998 My Engagement Party Sarah Salsburg
1999 A Slipping-Down Life Mrs. Casey
Trash Principal Evans
2001 In the Bedroom Minister On Television
Critic's Choice Watkins Short
Scary Movie 2 Mother
2002 Mackenheim Eleanor Short
2003 Just Married Mrs. "Pussy" McNerney Uncredited
2004 Twisted Landlady Uncredited
Straight-Jacket Jerry Albrecht
Kinsey Sara Kinsey
2005 Barry Dingle Eleanor Dingle
2007 Mommy's House Mommy Short
The Invasion Wendy Lenk
2009 Call of the Wild Sheriff Taylor
2010 Neowolf Mrs. Belakov
2011 InSight Patricia
Montana Amazon Margaret
2012 The Yellow Wallpaper Catherine Sayer
2013 The Odd Way Home Francine
2014 The Town That Dreaded Sundown Lillian
2015 The Dark Below Tess
2019 Limbo Louise
2019 The Field Edith
2020 Breaking Fast Judy


Year Title Role Notes
1959 Zane Grey Theater Sarah Butler Episode: "The Lone Woman"
Make Room for Daddy Girl In Play Episode: "Bob Hope and Danny Become Directors"
1959–1961 Leave It to Beaver Violet Rutherford Episode: "The Tooth"
Episode: "Beaver and Violet"
Episode: "Beaver's Rat"
1960 Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond Gillian Episode: "The Haunting"
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"
1962 Route 66 Miriam - age 9 Episode: "Love Is a Skinny Kid"
The Twilight Zone Anne Rogers - age 11 Episode: "I Sing the Body Electric"
1963 The Dick Powell Theatre Unknown Episode: "The Third Side of a Coin"
Leave It to Beaver Peggy MacIntosh Episode: "Don Juan Beaver"
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 Unknown Made-for-TV Movie
1964–1966 Daniel Boone Jemima Boone 37 episodes
1965 Dr. Kildare Nancy Hiller Episode: "Take Care of My Little Girl"
Who Has Seen the Wind? Kiri Radek Made-for-TV Movie
1968 Mannix Mrs. Goldberg Uncredited, Episode: "Edge of the Knife"
The Name of the Game Nancy Robins Episode: "High on a Rainbow"
1969 Family Affair Jo-Ann Episode: "Flower Power"
Dragnet 1970 Melissa Stevens Episode: "Personnel: The Shooting"
Mod Squad Gail Whitney Episode: "The Girl in Chair Nine"
1970 Death Valley Days Unknown Episode: "Simple Question of Justice"
The Bold Ones: The Lawyers Mary Episode: "Point of Honor"
Then Came Bronson Petey Traine Episode: "Still Waters"
My Three Sons Ruth Fletcher Episode: "The Honeymoon"
1973 Here We Go Again Nancy Episode: "Sunday, Soggy Sunday"
1976 Bernice Bobs Her Hair Marjorie Made-for-TV Movie
Serpico Lucy Episode: "Dawn of the Furies"
1980 Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones Marceline "Marcy" Jones Miniseries
1981 The Big Black Pill Sister Theresa Television film
1982 Prime Suspect Janice Staplin Made-for-TV Movie
1985 The New Leave It to Beaver Violet Rutherford Episode: "Violet Rutherford Returns"
Robert Kennedy & His Times Ethel Skakel Kennedy Miniseries
1986 Intimate Encounters Emily Made-for-TV Movie
1987 Miami Vice Society Dame Episode: "By Hooker by Crook"
1988 Tanner '88 Molly Hark Contract role
1989 Desperate for Love Betty Petrie Made-for-TV Movie
Baywatch Mrs. Harris Uncredited, Episode: "Panic at Malibu Pier"
1989–1992 L.A. Law Assistant District Attorney Margaret Flanagan Recurring
1990 A Son's Promise Dorothy Donaldson Made-for-TV Movie
Hitler's Daughter Patricia Benedict Made-for-TV Movie
1991 CBS Schoolbreak Special Caroline Morris Episode: "Abby, My Love"
Dead in the Water Victoria Haines Made-for-TV Movie
1992 Lincoln & Seward Unknown Made-for-TV Movie
Lincoln and the War Within Unknown Made-for-TV Movie
1993 It's Nothing Personal Barbara Made-for-TV Movie
Triumph Over Disaster: The Hurricane Andrew Story Carla Hulin Made-for-TV Movie
1994 Dead Air The Caller Made-for-TV Movie
1995 My Brother's Keeper Pat Made-for-TV Movie
1996 American Gothic Angela Episode: "Dr. Death Takes a Holiday"
The Lottery Maggie Dunbar Made-for-TV Movie
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
Boston Common Betty Episode: "Here's to You, Mrs. Byrnes"
Quicksilver Highway Myra Made-for-TV Movie
1997–1998 George & Leo Anna Episode: "The Wedding"
Episode: "The Nine Wives of Leo Wagonman"
1998 The Rat Pack Rocky Cooper Made-for-TV Movie
1998–2018[12] 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 Made-for-TV Movie
Chicago Hope Karen Flanders Episode: "Team Play"
Will & Grace Judith McFarland Episode: "Homo for the Holidays"
2001 Inside the Osmonds Olive Osmond Made-for-TV Movie
Touched by an Angel Shirlee Gibbons Episode: "Famous Last Words"
2002 Family Law Norma Benson Episode: "Arlene's Choice"
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 Recurring
2005 The Closer Vera Mathers Episode: "Good Housekeeping"
Without a Trace Susan Episode: "John Michaels"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Virginia Kennison Episode: "Starved"
Nip/Tuck Mother Mary Claire Episode: "Quentin Costa"
2005–2006 Invasion Valerie Shenkman Recurring
2006 Boston Legal Judge Peggy Zeder Episode: "Helping Hands"
Cold Case Mary Ryan Episode: "Dog Day Afternoons"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Diane Chase Episode: "Rashomama"
7th Heaven Ms. Fitzhenry Episode: "A Pain in the Neck"
2006–2007 The Nine Barbara Dalton Episode: "Brother's Keeper"
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 Contract role
2010 Drop Dead Diva Marian Porter Episode: "Back from the Dead"
Memphis Beat Miranda Episode: "I Shall Not Be Moved"
2010–2012 Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil Ms. Dominic Recurring
2012 Revenge Judge Elizabeth Blackwell Episode: "Scandal"
Episode: "Justice"
2013 Non-Stop Rose Made-for-TV Movie
2014 Resurrection Helen Edgerton Recurring
2015 Bosch Irène Saxon, Raynard Waits’ mother Season 1
2016 The Loud House Sue Voice, Episode: "The Old and the Restless"
Criminal Minds Flora Martin Episode: "The Bond"
2017 Mommy, I Didn't Do It Judge Tannin Made-for-TV Movie
2018 Supernatural Lily Sunder Episode: "Byzantium"
2019 Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Mrs. McGarvey Episode: "Doctor Cerberus’s House of Horror"
General Hospital Sibley Gamble Guest role
2021 The Good Doctor Maxine Stanley Episode: "Dr. Ted"
2021 The Resident Celeste Crisforth Episode: "Old Dogs,New Tricks"

Video gameEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Alien: Isolation Joan Lambert Voice; Nostromo Edition
2015 Fallout 4 Trashcan Carla, Doc Anderson, Jackie Hudson, Bartender, Settlers, Vault 81 Residents


  1. ^ "The 60-year legacy of The Twilight Zone". KCRW. 31 October 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "'The Birds' star Veronica Cartwright recalls giving Beaver Cleaver his first kiss, meeting Alfred Hitchcock'". Fox News. 15 July 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ interview, February 2014
  4. ^ "Television Academy Awards and Nominations".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ The Town That Dreaded Sundown
  6. ^ "'Town That Dreaded Sundown' Casts Trio (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 7 May 2013.
  7. ^ "General Hospital casts Alien actress Veronica Cartwright in secret role". Entertainment Weekly. 11 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Theater review: 'The Bat' at Theatre 40". The Los Angeles Times. 2 August 2012.
  9. ^ "Is It Ibsen? Or Is It Stephen King?". The New York Times. 20 January 1991.
  10. ^ "Deft handling of difficult story in new Mark Medoff play". The Christian Science Monitor. 10 January 1985.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "Mark Taper Forum Awards". December 2007.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ "Ben L Maden on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 30 April 2018.

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