Veronica A. Cartwright is an English-born American actress well known for her roles in the sci-fi films Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Alien, both released in the late-1970s, along with the former's remake The Invasion in 2007.


Cartwright was born in Bristol, England, U.K., on April 20, 1949, but the family emigrated to the U.S. shortly after the birth of her younger sister, fellow actress Angela Cartwright. As a result, Cartwright spent most of her childhood growing up in Los Angeles, California. She began her acting career in 1958, while she was still a child, with a role in In Love and War. Among her earliest appearances was a role in the TV series Leave It to Beaver as Violet Rutherford, and an episode each of One Step Beyond and The Twilight Zone. In 1963, Cartwright guest-starred twice in NBC's medical drama, The Eleventh Hour. She also appeared in the films The Children's Hour and The Birds. She was cast as Jemima Boone in the first two seasons of NBC's action-adventure series Daniel Boone. Cartwright also won a regional Emmy Award for her role in the 1964 made-for-TV movie Tell Me Not in Mournful Numbers.

Cartwright's career slowed during the late-1960s, but in the late-1970s, she achieved two of her biggest successes with Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Alien. Her performance in the latter film earned her a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. Other film roles include Spencer's Mountain, Inserts, Goin' South, The Right Stuff, Flight of the Navigator, The Witches of Eastwick, Money Talks, Scary Movie 2, Kinsey, and Straight-Jacket. Cartwright also guest-starred in series like 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, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Criminal Minds. Cartwright received three Emmy Award nominations, one for her work in ER in 1997, and two for her work on The X-Files in 1998 and 1999. She also starred in the made-for-TV film Inside the Osmonds.

On Criminal MindsEdit

Cartwright portrayed institutionalized serial killer Flora Martin in the Season Eleven episode The Bond.


For a full filmography, see here.

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