Veronica Cartwright

Veronica Cartwright

  • Highest Rated: 98% The Right Stuff (1983)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% InSight (2011)
  • Birthday: Apr 20, 1949
  • Birthplace: Bristol, England, UK
  • An actress with the kind of versatile beauty that has allowed her to effortlessly alternate between earthy and glamorous roles, Veronica Cartwright's steel-blue eyes have a strange way of piercing through the screen and transcending their two-dimensional restraints. Having successfully made the transition from child actor to seasoned screen veteran, Cartwright continued a career which allowed her to explore roles that ran the gamut from straight drama to chilling horror. A native of Bristol, England, Cartwright's family emigrated to the United States when she was still very young. Following a series of modeling jobs and print ads, the aspiring actress became a familiar face to television viewers as the "Kellogg's Girl" in a series of breakfast cereal commercials. She made her screen debut in the 1958 war drama In Love and War, and, in the years that followed, alternated between film and TV work with roles in such features as The Children's Hour (1961) and The Birds (1963), in addition to a turn as Lumpy's sister on the small-screen classic Leave It to Beaver. From 1964-1968, the actress endeared herself to television viewers as Jemima Boone on the popular Daniel Boone series. Although the transition from adorable child star to serious adult actor has been a serious stumbling block for generations of young stars, Cartwright skillfully avoided this pitfall with a series of memorable roles in the 1970s. Playing opposite such heavies as Richard Dreyfuss in Inserts (1975) and Donald Sutherland in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), Cartwright was well on her way to crafting an enduring film career. A role as the ill-fated navigator in the 1979 sci-fi horror classic Alien found her taking part in what would become one of the most lucrative and prolific franchises in cinema history, and a memorable performance in the 1983 space program drama The Right Stuff (in which she worked again with Body Snatchers director Philip Kaufman) helped to sustain her career through the '80s. Subsequent roles in Flight of the Navigator (1986) and Wisdom (1987) offered little in the way of dramatic depth, though Cartwright's winning performance in George Miller's The Witches of Eastwick (1987) found her nearly stealing the show from stars Cher, Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfeiffer. Despite the fact that Cartwright kicked off the '90s with a memorable turn in the popular weekly drama L.A. Law, the roles which followed were mostly comprised of thankless appearances in made-for-TV features and forgettable horror sequels. Although she remained busy, her parts just weren't as rich as they had been. Despite the dry spell, however, Cartwright was nominated for an Emmy for three memorable appearances in the popular small-screen chiller The X Files. The following decade found her edging back toward memorable film work with appearances in In the Bedroom (2001), Scary Movie 2 (2001), and Just Married (2003). After facing off against a cat-munching alien in the 2002 short Mackenheim, Cartwright essayed a substantial role in Richard Day's 2004 comedy Straight Jacket. She played the wife of famous sexual researcher Alfred Kinsey in the 2004 biopic of the man, and appeared in the 2007 sci-fi film The Invasion. In 2009 she returned to familiar ground with a part in the small-screen adaptation Eastwick, and she landed a major part in the 2011 thriller InSight.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet The Field Edith 2019
17% The Dark Below Actor 2017
No Score Yet Mommy I Didn't Do It Actor 2017
68% The Town That Dreaded Sundown Lillian 2014
No Score Yet The Odd Way Home Francine 2014
No Score Yet The Dark Below Actor 2014
No Score Yet The Misadventures Of The Dunderheads Margaret 2013
No Score Yet The Yellow Wallpaper Actor 2012
0% InSight Patricia $17.5K 2011
No Score Yet Call of the Wild 3D Sheriff Taylor 2009
No Score Yet Starz Inside Actor 2009
No Score Yet Neowolf (The Band from Hell) Mrs. Belakov 2009
19% The Invasion Wendy Lenk $15.2M 2007
No Score Yet Dingle, Barry Eleanor Dingle 2005
90% Kinsey Sara Kinsey $10.3M 2004
48% Straight Jacket Jerry 2004
20% Just Married Mrs. McNerney $56M 2003
94% Alien: The Director's Cut Lambert 2003
93% In the Bedroom Minister on television $35.8M 2001
15% Scary Movie 2 Mother 2001
No Score Yet Inside the Osmonds Olive 2001
No Score Yet Child Stars: Their Story Actor 2000
No Score Yet Trash Principal Evans 1999
17% Sparkler Dottie Delgato 1999
26% A Slipping-Down Life Mrs. Casey 1999
No Score Yet The Last Man on Planet Earth Elizabeth Riggs 1999
69% The Rat Pack Rocky Cooper 1998
16% Money Talks Connie Cipriani 1997
No Score Yet Quicksilver Highway Myra 1997
No Score Yet The Lottery Maggie Dunbar 1996
No Score Yet My Brother's Keeper Pat 1995
No Score Yet Dead Air Actor 1994
28% Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh Octavia 1994
No Score Yet Mirror Mirror II: Raven Dance Sister Aja 1994
7% Man Trouble Helen 1992
No Score Yet Dead In The Water Victoria Haines 1991
No Score Yet A Son's Promise Dorothy Donaldson 1990
No Score Yet Hitler's Daughter Actor 1990
No Score Yet False Identity Vera Erickkson 1990
No Score Yet Valentino Returns Patricia 1989
No Score Yet Desperate for Love Betty Petrie 1989
76% The Witches of Eastwick Felicia Alden 1987
83% Flight of the Navigator Helen 1986
No Score Yet Wisdom Samantha Wisdom 1986
No Score Yet My Man Adam Elaine Swit 1985
No Score Yet Not My Kid Actor 1985
98% The Right Stuff Betty 1983
29% Nightmares Claire 1983
No Score Yet Prime Suspect Janice Staplin 1982
No Score Yet Joe Dancer: The Big Black Pill Actor 1981
No Score Yet The Kid from Not-So-Big Actor 1981
No Score Yet The Big Trade Actor 1981
No Score Yet Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones Marcy 1980
97% Alien Lambert 1979
93% Invasion of the Body Snatchers Nancy Bellicec 1978
71% Goin' South Hermine 1978
No Score Yet Bernice Bobs Her Hair Marjorie 1976
78% Inserts Harlene 1975
No Score Yet Spencer's Mountain Becky Spencer 1963
95% The Birds Cathy Brenner 1963
No Score Yet One Man's Way Mary 1963
86% The Children's Hour Rosalie 1961
No Score Yet In Love and War Allie O'Neill 1958

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
Flora Martin
  • 2016
34% CSI: Cyber
2015-2016
Renetta Ferguson
  • 2015
80% Grey's Anatomy
2005
Lydia Ashford
  • 2015
  • 2013
53% Resurrection
2014-2015
Helen Edgerton
  • 2014
69% Revenge
2011-2015
Judge Elizabeth Hawthorne
  • 2012
53% Memphis Beat
2010-2011
  • 2010
35% Eastwick
2009
Bun Waverly Bun
  • 2009
100% The Nine
2006
Barbara Barbara Dalton
  • 2009
  • 2006
11% October Road
2007-2008
Lynn Farmer
  • 2007
86% Boston Legal
2004-2008
Judge Peggy Zeder
  • 2006
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
Mary Ryan
  • 2006
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
Diane Ray
  • 2006
100% Invasion
2005-2006
Valerie Shenkman
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Virginia Kennison
  • 2005
No Score Yet Dr. Vegas
2004
Evelyn
  • 2004
83% Six Feet Under
2001-2005
Peg Kimmel
  • 2004
No Score Yet Family Law
1999-2002
Norma Benson
  • 2002
No Score Yet Judging Amy
1999-2005
Dorothea Mitchell
  • 2002
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Shirlee Gibbons
  • 2001
No Score Yet Chicago Hope
1994-2000
Caren Flanders
  • 1999
74% The X-Files
1993-2018
Cassandra Spender
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998
Judith McFarland
  • 1999
  • 1998
33% Boston Common
1996-1997
Joy's Mother
  • 1997
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
Mrs. Houston Norma
  • 1997
No Score Yet Tanner '88
1988
  • 1988
No Score Yet Leave It to Beaver
1957-1963
Peggy Violet Violet Rutherford
  • 1963
  • 1961
  • 1960
  • 1959
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Anne (age 11)
  • 1962
  • 1960
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Judy
  • 1961
No Score Yet Revenge
Richterin Elizabeth Hawthorne

QUOTES FROM Veronica Cartwright CHARACTERS

Hermine
You was the best I ever had, except for that circus fella.
Ash
You still don't understand what you're dealing with, do you? Perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility.
Lambert
You admire it.
Ash
I admire its purity. A survivor... unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality.
Parker
Look, I am... I've heard enough of this, and I'm asking you to pull the plug.
Ash
Last word.
Ellen Ripley
What?
Ash
I can't lie to you about your chances, but... you have my sympathies.
Ellen Ripley
Ash can you hear me? Ash!?
Ash
[Eyes open] Yes I can hear you.
Ellen Ripley
What was your special order?
Ash
You read it, I thought it was clear.
Ellen Ripley
What was it?
Ash
Bring back life form, priority one, all other priorities are rescinded.
Parker
The damn Company. What about our lives you son of a bitch?
Ash
I repeat, all other priorities are rescinded.
Ellen Ripley
How do we kill it Ash, there's got to be a way of killing it, how, how do we do it?
Ash
You can't.
Parker
That's bullshit!
Ash
You still don't understand what you're dealing with do you? Perfect organism. It's structural perfection is matched only by its hostility.
Lambert
You admire it.
Ash
I admire its purity. A survivor, unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality.
Parker
I've heard enough of this and i'm asking you to pull the plug.
Ash
Last word.
Ellen Ripley
What?
Ash
I can't lie to you about your chances, but, you have my sympathies. [Smiles]
Ellen Ripley
[Pulls the plug]
Wendy Lenk
"He doesn't love me any more." (in relating how her violent husband has stopped abusing her after being infected by aliens)
Wendy Lenk
He doesn't love me any more. [in relating how her violent husband has stopped abusing her after being infected by aliens]