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Cartwright, Veronica 1950(?)–

CARTWRIGHT, Veronica 1950(?)–


Born April 20, 1950 (some sources cite 1949), in Bristol (some sources cite Altringham, Cheshire), England; sister of Angela Cartwright (an actress); married Richard Compton (a writer, producer, director, and actor), October, 1982; children: Dakota (son). Education: Studied acting with Jack Garfein and Stephen Book.

Addresses: Agent—Metropolitan Talent Agency, 4526 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010.

Career: Actress. Appeared in commercials. Cartwright Design House, interior designer. Also worked in sales.

Awards, Honors: Local Emmy Award, c. 1964, for Tell Me Not in Mournful Numbers; Saturn Award, best supporting actress, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films, 1980, for Alien; DramaLogue awards, c. 1984, for The Hands of Its Enemies, c. 1985, for The Triplet Connection, and also for Homesteaders; Saturn Award nomination, best supporting actress, 1988, for The Witches of Eastwick; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding guest actress in a drama series, 1997, for "Who's Appy Now? Faith," ER; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding guest actress in a drama series, 1998, for "Patient X" and "The Red and the Black," both episodes of The X-Files; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding guest actress in a drama series, 1999, for "One Son" and "Two Fathers," both episodes of The X-Files; DVDX Award (with others), best new audio commentary, DVD Exclusive awards, 2003, for Alien; Glitter Award, best supporting actress, 2005, for Straight-Jacket.


Television Appearances; Series:

Jemima Boone, Daniel Boone, NBC, 1964–66.

Margaret Flanagan, L.A. Law, NBC, 1989–92.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Marceline "Marcy" Jones, Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (also known as The Mad Messiah), CBS, 1980.

Ethel Skakel Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and His Times, CBS, 1985.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Sister Theresa, The Big Black Pill (also known as Joe Dancer), NBC, 1981.

Janice Staplin, Prime Suspect, CBS, 1982.

Still the Beaver, The Disney Channel, 1983.

Emily, Intimate Encounters (also known as Encounters in the Night), NBC, 1986.

Betty Petrie, Desperate for Love (also known as Dying for Love), CBS, 1989.

Dorothy Donaldson, A Son's Promise (also known as Fire in the Heart, The O'Kelley Brothers, and The Terry O'Kelley Story), ABC, 1990.

Patricia Benedict, Hitler's Daughter, USA Network, 1990.

Victoria Haines, Dead in the Water, USA Network, 1991.

Barbara, It's Nothing Personal, NBC, 1993.

Carla Hulin, Triumph over Disaster: The Hurricane Andrew Story, NBC, 1993.

The caller, Dead Air (also known as Hit Radio), USA Network, 1994.

Molly, "Two Over Easy," Showtime 30-Minute Movie, Showtime, 1994.

Pat, My Brother's Keeper, CBS, 1995.

Maggie Dunbar, The Lottery, NBC, 1996.

Myra, Quicksilver Highway (also known as The Body Politic and Chattery Teeth), Fox, 1997.

Rocky Cooper, The Rat Pack, HBO, 1998.

Elizabeth Riggs, The Last Man on Planet Earth, UPN, 1999.

Olive Osmond, Inside the Osmonds (also known as The Osmonds), ABC, 2001.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Tell Me Not in Mournful Numbers, broadcast in the Los Angeles area, 1964.

Kiri Radek, Who Has Seen the Wind?, ABC, 1965.

Marjorie, "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" (short), American Playhouse, PBS, 1976.

Caroline Morris, "Abby, My Love," CBS Schoolbreak Specials, CBS, 1991.

The Horror Hall of Fame II, syndicated, 1991.

The Making of "Alien 3," 1992.

Hollywood Aliens & Monsters (also known as To the Galaxy and Beyond with Mark Hamill), Arts and Entertainment, 1997.

Herself, Child Stars: Their Story, Arts and Entertainment, 2000.

Herself, 20th Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years, American Movie Classics, 2000.

Herself and Lambert, Alien Evolution, Channel 4 (England), 2001.

(Uncredited) Herself, The Alien Saga, 2002.

Shock & Awe: The Return of "Alien," 2003.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Third Annual DVD Exclusive Awards, FX Channel, 2003.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Girl in play, "Bob Hope and Danny Become Directors," Make Room for Daddy, CBS, 1959.

Violet Rutherford, "The Tooth," Leave It to Beaver, ABC, 1959.

Gillian, "The Haunting," Alcoa Presents (also known as One Step Beyond), ABC, 1960.

Violet Rutherford, "Beaver and Violet," Leave It to Beaver, ABC, 1960.

Anne at the age of eleven (some sources cite Agatha), "I Sing the Body Electric," The Twilight Zone, CBS, 1962.

Miriam at the age of nine, "Love Is a Skinny Kid," Route 66, CBS, 1962.

Jan Ellendale, "The Silence of Good Men," The Eleventh Hour, NBC, 1963.

Judith Cameron, "My Name Is Judith, I'm Lost, You See," The Eleventh Hour, NBC, 1963.

Peggy MacIntosh, "Don Juan Beaver," Leave It to Beaver, ABC, 1963.

Nancy Hiller, "Take Care of My Little Girl," Dr. Kildare, NBC, 1965.

Nancy Robins, "High on a Rainbow," The Name of the Game, NBC, 1968.

Gail Whitney, "The Girl in Chair Nine," The Mod Squad, ABC, 1969.

Jo-Ann, "Flower Power," Family Affair, CBS, 1969.

Melissa Stevens, "Personnel—The Shooting," Dragnet 1967 (also known as Dragnet), NBC, 1969.

Mary, "Point of Honor," The Bold Ones: The Lawyers, NBC, 1970.

Petey Traine, "Still Waters," Then Came Bronson, NBC, 1970.

"Simple Question of Justice," Death Valley Days, syndicated, 1970.

Nancy, "Sunday, Soggy Sunday," Here We Go Again, ABC, 1973.

Lucy, "Dawn of the Furies," Serpico, NBC, 1976.

Society dame, "By Hooker by Crook," Miami Vice, NBC, 1987.

Molly Hark (a reporter), "Bagels with Bruce," Tanner '88 (also known as Tanner: A Political Fable), HBO, 1988.

Molly Hark (a reporter), "Moonwalker and Bookbag," Tanner '88 (also known as Tanner: A Political Fable), HBO, 1988.

Molly Hark (a reporter), "Night of the Twinkies," Tanner '88 (also known as Tanner: A Political Fable), HBO, 1988.

Lincoln and the War Within (also known as Lincoln and Seward), PBS, 1992.

Woman in grocery store, "On Hope," Directed By, Showtime, 1994.

Angela Smith, "Dr. Death Takes a Holiday," American Gothic, CBS, 1996.

Voice of the flame, "The Fire Within," Sliders, Fox, 1996.

Anna, "The Wedding," George & Leo, CBS, 1997.

Betty, "Here's to You, Mrs. Byrnes," Boston Common, NBC, 1997.

Mrs. Hueston, "Faith," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 1997.

Mrs. Hueston, "Whose Appy Now? Faith," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 1997.

Anna, "The Nine Wives of Leo Wagonman," George & Leo, CBS, 1998.

Cassandra Spender, "Patient X," The X-Files, Fox, 1998.

Cassandra Spender, "The Red and the Black," The X-Files, Fox, 1998.

Cassandra Spender, "One Son," The X-Files, Fox, 1999.

Cassandra Spender, "Two Fathers," The X-Files, Fox, 1999.

Judith McFarland, "Homo for the Holidays," Will and Grace, NBC, 1999.

Karen Flanders, "Team Play," Chicago Hope, CBS, 1999.

Shirlee Gibbons, "Famous Last Words," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 2001.

(In archive footage) Cassandra Spender, The X-Files: The Truth (final episode), Fox, 2002.

Dorothea Mitchell, "A Pretty Good Day," Judging Amy, CBS, 2002.

Judge Norma Benson, "Arlene's Choice," Family Law, CBS, 2002.

Mrs. Beckworth, "There Goes the Bride," Without a Trace (also known as Vanished), CBS, 2003.

Evelyn, "All In," Dr. Vegas, CBS, 2004.

Peg Kimmel, "The Black Forest," Six Feet Under, HBO, 2004.

Peg Kimmel, "Falling into Place," Six Feet Under, HBO, 2004.

Peg Kimmel, "A Coat of White Primer," Six Feet Under, HBO, 2005.

Susan, "John Michaels," Without a Trace (also known as Vanished), CBS, 2005.

Valerie Shenkman, "The Hunt," Invasion, ABC, 2005.

Valerie Shenkman, "Lights Out," Invasion, ABC, 2005.

Valerie Shenkman, "Unnatural Selection," Invasion, ABC, 2005.

Valerie Shenkman, "Watershed," Invasion, ABC, 2005.

Vera Mathers, "Good Housekeeping," The Closer, TNT, 2005.

Appeared in "The Films of Ridley Scott," The Directors, Encore; appeared in episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents; guest in several other programs, including productions with Art Linkletter, Dean Martin, Shirley Temple, Betty Hutton, and Dick Powell.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

(Uncredited) Mrs. Harris, Baywatch: Panic at Malibu Pier, NBC, 1989.

Film Appearances:

Allie O'Neill, In Love and War, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1958.

Rosalie Wells, The Children's Hour (also known as The Loudest Whisper), United Artists, 1961.

Becky Spencer, Spencer's Mountain, Warner Bros., 1963.

Cathy Brenner, The Birds (also known as Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds"), Universal, 1963.

Mary, One Man's Way, United Artists, 1964.

Harlene, Inserts, United Artists, 1975.

Corinne, The Kid from Not-So-Big, 1978.

Hermine, Goin' South, Paramount, 1978.

Nancy Bellicec, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, United Artists, 1978.

Lambert, Alien, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1979, also released as Alien: The Director's Cut.

Betty Grissom, The Right Stuff, Warner Bros., 1983.

Claire Houston, "Night of the Rat," Nightmares, Universal, 1983.

Elaine Swit, My Man Adam, TriStar, 1985.

Helen Freeman, Flight of the Navigator (also known as The Navigator), Buena Vista, 1986.

Samantha Wisdom, Wisdom, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1986.

Felicia Alden, The Witches of Eastwick, Warner Bros., 1987.

Patricia "Pat" Gibbs, Valentino Returns, Skouras Pictures, 1989.

Vera Errickson, False Identity, Pavilion Pictures/RKO Radio Pictures, 1990.

Walking the Dog (short film), 1991.

Helen Dextra, Man Trouble, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1992.

Sister Aja, Mirror, Mirror 2: Raven Dance (also known as Raven Dance), Orphan Entertainment, 1994.

Octavia Tarrant, Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (also known as Candyman II: Farewell to the Flesh), Gramercy Pictures, 1995.

Mrs. Thomas, Shoot the Moon, Sugardaddy Productions, 1996.

Connie Cipriani, Money Talks, New Line Cinema, 1997.

Sarah Salsburg, My Engagement Party, Imlaystown Films, 1998.

Dottie Delgato, Sparkler, Strand Releasing, 1999.

Mrs. Casey, A Slipping-Down Life, DVC Entertainment, 1999.

Principal Evans, Trash (also known as Nobody's Children and No Fear), Dancing Babies Entertainment/Cleopatra Productions, 1999.

Megan's mother, Scary Movie 2 (also known as Scarier Movie), Miramax, 2001.

Minister on television, In the Bedroom, Miramax, 2001.

Eleanor, Mackenheim (short film), Chicken Pictures, 2002.

(Uncredited) Mrs. "Pussy" McNerney, Just Married (also known as Voll verheiratet), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2003.

Eleanor Dingle, Barry Dingle, 2004.

Jerry Albrecht, Straight-Jacket, Regent Releasing/Here! Films, 2004.

(Uncredited) Landlady, Twisted, Paramount, 2004.

Sara Kinsey, Kinsey, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2004.

Stage Appearances:

Diane Newbury, The Hands of Its Enemies, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1984.

"Mirror, Mirror," The Triplet Connection, Matrix Theatre, Los Angeles, 1985.

Chrysothemis, Elektra, Classic Stage Company Theatre, New York City, 1987.

Aline Solness, The Master Builder, Hartford Stage Company, Hartford, CT, 1990–91.

Appeared in Butterflies Are Free; in Homesteaders, Los Angeles; and as Sally Talley, Talley's Folly, Denver, CO.



Herself, All about "The Birds," Universal Studios Home Video, 2000.

Herself, The Beast Within: The Making of "Alien," Twentieth Century-Fox Home Entertainment, 2003.

Herself, Realizing "The Right Stuff," Warner Bros., 2003.

Herself, T-20 Years and Counting, Warner Bros., 2003.



Photoplay, August, 1979, pp. 46, 48-49.


The Official Veronica Cartwright Website,, September 30, 2005.

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