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Born: April 20, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bristol, England, GB Profession: actress, waitress, perfume salesperson

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Accomplished character actress Veronica Cartwright has been particularly adept at-- and oft typecast as--hard-nosed, even nasty or bitchy, characters, whether they be mothers of career women. Born in England, she began acting as a young girl after her family moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1950s. During that decade, Cartwright toiled in guest appearances and smaller roles while her younger sister Angela earned her place as a trivia question by playing Danny Thomas' daughter on "Make Room For Daddy". Veronica landed good feature roles, however, ranging from her debut in "In Love and War" (1958) to the kleptomaniac forced to lie about her teachers in William Wyler's "The Children's Hour" (1961). In 1963, she was also the daughter of the family terrorized by Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" and Henry Fonda's child in "Spencer's Mountain". Although her sister had become the TV regular, from 1959, Cartwright had the recurring role of the bullying Violet Rutherford (who gave Theodore his first kiss) on ABC's "Leave It to Beaver" and she spent two seasons (1964-66) as the frontiersman's daughter Jemima, on the NBC series "Daniel Boone".

Accomplished character actress Veronica Cartwright has been particularly adept at-- and oft typecast as--hard-nosed, even nasty or bitchy, characters, whether they be mothers of career women. Born in England, she began acting as a young girl after her family moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1950s. During that decade, Cartwright toiled in guest appearances and smaller roles while her younger sister Angela earned her place as a trivia question by playing Danny Thomas' daughter on "Make Room For Daddy". Veronica landed good feature roles, however, ranging from her debut in "In Love and War" (1958) to the kleptomaniac forced to lie about her teachers in William Wyler's "The Children's Hour" (1961). In 1963, she was also the daughter of the family terrorized by Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" and Henry Fonda's child in "Spencer's Mountain". Although her sister had become the TV regular, from 1959, Cartwright had the recurring role of the bullying Violet Rutherford (who gave Theodore his first kiss) on ABC's "Leave It to Beaver" and she spent two seasons (1964-66) as the frontiersman's daughter Jemima, on the NBC series "Daniel Boone".

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 Insight (2011)
3.
 Neowolf (2010)
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 Invasion, The (2007)
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 Straight-Jacket (2004) Jerry
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 Kinsey (2004) Sara Kinsey
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 Just Married (2003) Mrs "Pussy" Mcnerney
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 Inside the Osmonds (2001) Olive Osmond
10.
 Scary Movie 2 (2001)
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Family moved to Canada when Cartwright was three years old
1956:
Moved to the USA at age six and soon after began appearing in TV commercials
1958:
Made feature film debut in "In Love and War"
1959:
Had recurring role as Violet Rutherford on "Leave It to Beaver" (ABC)
1961:
Cast as one of the gossiping schoolgirls in "The Children's Hour"
1963:
Appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds"
1963:
Played a schizophrenic child in the episode "My Name Is Judith, I'm Lost, You See" on NBC's "Eleventh Hour"
1964:
Appeared in last film for over a decade, "One Man's Way"
1964:
Cast as daughter Jemima Boone in the first two seasons of NBC's "Daniel Boone"
1974:
First feature in over a decade, "Inserts"
1978:
Initial screen collaboration with Jack Nicholson, "Goin' South"
1978:
Co-starred in the remake of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"
1979:
Cast as Lambert, the Nostromo's navigator, in Ridley Scott's "Alien"
1980:
Played Marcy Jones the wife of the cult leader in the CBS miniseries, "Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones"
1983:
Played the wife of astronaut Gus Grissom in "The Right Stuff"
1985:
Portayed Ethel Kennedy in the CBS miniseries "Robert Kennedy and His Times"
1986:
Co-starred in the Disney film, "Flight of the Navigator"
1987:
Re-teamed with Jack Nicholson in "The Witches of Eastwick," playing the conservative wife of the town's newspaper editor
1988:
Played a reporter in several episodes of Robert Altman's HBO series "Tanner '88"
1989:
Cast in a recurring role as prosecutor Margaret Flanagan on the NBC drama "L.A. Law"
1997:
Appeared as the mother of a terminally ill son in two episodes of "ER" (NBC); earned Emmy Award nomination
1998:
Had a recurring role as Cassandra Spender on "The X Files" (FOX); earned Emmy Award nominations in 1998 and 1999
1999:
Played Jack's mother on an episode of NBC's "Will & Grace"
2001:
Cast as Megan's mother in "Scary Movie 2"
2003:
Played Mrs. McNerney (Pussy) in the romantic comedy "Just Married," which starred Ashton Kutcher and Brittany Murphy
2004:
Played Alfred Kinsey's mother, Sara, in Bill Condon's "Kinsey" opposite Liam Neeson, who portrayed Alfred Kinsey, a pioneer in the area of human sexuality research
2004:
Appeared in three episodes of HBO's "Six Feet Under"
2005:
Appeared in several episodes of the ABC series, "Invasion"
2007:
Co-starred in the fourth remake of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," entitled "The Invasion"
2009:
Cast in the short-lived ABC series, "Eastwick," based on the John Updike novel and 1987 feature film which she also starred
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Notes

"As a child, acting was totally intuitive for me. I never had to figure out my character. I was just myself in a different situation. Somewhere along the line, however, it was necessary to pick up the discipline an adult actress requires."---Veronica Cartwright

"It all starts with the script. They know that the writer is king in New York, but for some reason they have yet to learn that in Hollywood. But I'm an optimist: I think Hollywood will catch up!"---Veronica Cartwright quoted in Venice Magazine, December 2004/January 2005.

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husband:
Richard Compton. Writer, director. Married October 1982.

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sister:
Angela Cartwright. Actor; card shop owner. Born September 2, 1952.

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