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Veronica Cartwright

Highest Rated:   98% The Right Stuff (1983)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Dark Below (2017)
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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
0% The Dark Below
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Mommy I Didn't Do It
  • Actor
2017
70% 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
$56.0M 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
67% 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
25% 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
74% The Witches of Eastwick
  • Felicia Alden
1987
81% 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
17% 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
94% Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  • Nancy Bellicec
1978
71% Goin' South
  • Hermine
1978
No Score Yet Bernice Bobs Her Hair
  • Marjorie
1976
86% Inserts
  • Harlene
1975
No Score Yet Spencer's Mountain
  • Becky Spencer
1963
96% 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
35% CSI: Cyber
2015-2016
  • Renetta Ferguson
  • 2015
70% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Lydia Ashford
  • 2015
  • 2013
56% Resurrection
2014-2015
  • Helen Edgerton
  • 2014
75% Revenge
2011-2015
  • Judge Elizabeth Hawthorne
  • 2012
50% Memphis Beat
2010-2011
  • Actor
  • 2010
38% Eastwick
2009
  • Bun Waverly Bun
  • 2009
No Score Yet Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Judge Peggy Zeder
  • 2006
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Diane Ray
  • 2006
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Mary Ryan
  • 2006
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Virginia Kennison
  • 2005
No Score Yet Six Feet Under
2001-2005
  • Peg Kimmel
  • 2004
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998-2006
  • Judith McFarland
  • 1999
No Score Yet The X-Files
1993-2016
  • Cassandra Spender
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Mrs. Houston Norma
  • 1997
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Anne (age 11)
  • 1962
  • 1960
No Score Yet Revenge
  • Richterin Elizabeth Hawthorne

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