Who is Veronica Cartwright?

An actress who began her acting career as a child, Veronica Cartwright is perhaps known best for appearing in horror and science-fiction movies; one of her notable roles was in Hitchcock’s mystery drama “The Birds”, which was nominated for the Oscar for Best Effects, Special Visual Effects in 1964. Speaking of awards, Veronica has earned numerous accolades, including three Primetime Emmy nominations, two Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Saturn Award nominations, winning the Glitter Award and Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Veronica has over 150 acting credits to her name, and it’s difficult to single out her most significant roles, however, the one which certainly marked her acting career is her portrayal of Lambert in the 1979 movie “Alien”, directed by Ridley Scott, which won the Oscar for Best Effects, Visual Effects, with Veronica nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Early life, family, and education

Veronica Cartwright was born under the zodiac sign of Taurus on 20 April 1949, in Bristol, United Kingdom, but she grew up in Los Angeles, California USA, thus she holds both British and American nationality; her ethnicity is White.

Veronica’s family immigrated to the US shortly after her younger sister, Angela was born; Angela Margaret Cartwright is also an actress, perhaps still known best for her role as Brigitta von Trapp in the 1965 movie “The Sound of Music”.

Nothing is known about their parents except their names, Rosemary and Frank Cartwright, and as for Veronica’s educational background, she hasn’t shared any information, thus many people believe that she was homeschooled, and that she hasn’t attended college.

Roles in movies

Veronica made her acting debut portraying Allie O’Neil in the 1958 movie “In Love and War”, and her next movie role came in “The Children’s Hour” in 1961, followed by “The Birds” in 1963, and “One Man’s Way” in 1964. while her next big screen role came in 1974, when she was cast to play Harlene in “Inserts”.

As mentioned, Veronica starred in numerous movies, and the list of her roles is too long to enumerate, so we will focus on some of her most notables, such as her portrayal of Nancy Bellicec in “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” in 1978, and she was then seen as Lambert in “Alien” (1979) and as Betty Grissom in “The Right Stuff” (1983) which, including “The Birds” makes her an actress who starred in three movies that have been selected for the National Film Registry as ‘culturally, historically or aesthetically’ significant.

In the early ‘80s she was seen in “Wisdom”, “The Witches of Eastwick”, and “Valentino Returns”, then during the ‘90s, Veronica starred in “False Identity”, “Shoot the Moon”, and “Trash”, among many others. while

In the early 2000s, Veronica portrayed Sara in “Kinsey” (2004) a biographical drama, which was nominated for the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Laura Linney), and her other most notable roles were in movies such as “Barry Dingle” (2005) and “The Invasion” (2007), and then, she was seen in “Call of the Wild” in 2009 before her role in the 2011 movie “In Sight”.

In the following years, Veronica starred in “The Town That Dreaded Sundown” (2014), “Limbo” and “The Field” (2019), while her most recent movie role was her portrayal of Judy in 2020’s “Breaking Fast”.

Roles in series

Veronica’s first television appearance was her role as Sarah Butler in “Zane Grey Theatre” in 1959, and then she mostly guest-starred in an episode or two of various series, before she was cast to play Violet Rutherford in “Leave It to Beaver” from 1959 until 1963.

In the following years, she was seen as Jemima Boone in 37 episodes of “Daniel Boone” from 1964 to ‘66, and then she mostly guest-starred in numerous series, from 1967 until 1988 when she was cast to play Molly Hark in the TV mini-series “Tanner ’88”, followed by her role as Margaret Flanagan in “L.A. Law” from 1989 until 1992.

In 1997, she made an appearance as Norma Houston in two episodes of the popular sitcom “ER”, which brought her a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, and then in 1998 and ’99, she was nominated for the same Award for playing Cassandra Spender, a recuring role in “The X Files”.

The early 2000s saw Veronica in “Six Feet Under” (2005), “Invasion” (2005-2006), and “October Road” (2007), among others, before she was cast to play Bun Waverly in “Eastwick” in 2009, and next, she guest-starred in “Grey’s Anatomy” (2013), followed by her role as Helen Edgerton in “Resurrection” (2014), and after that, she portrayed Irene Saxon in “Bosch” (2015).

Veronica’s most recent roles were in “General Hospital” (2019), and she guest-starred in “The Good Doctor” and “The Resident” in 2021.

Love life and relationships

There have been various rumors concerning Veronica’s love life, which has been quite interesting and turbulent. She was romantically linked to various men from the entertainment industry, however, it is known that her first husband was Richard Gates, with whom she was in marriage from 1968 until 1972.

In 1976, she married Stanley Goldstein, but the two divorced in 1980, then two years later, Veronica married Richard Compton, a famous American actor, writer, and director, who is perhaps known best for his directing credits including for “The X-Files”, “Miami Vice”, and “Charmed”, among others.

Veronica and Richard were married until his death on 11 August 2007, and they have a son named Dakota, about whom nothing is known since he prefers to keep his life away from the public eye.

As of July 2022, Veronica seems to be single.

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Where is she now? What happened to her?

Many Veronica fans believed that she quit acting, since they haven’t seen her from 2021, however, according to IMDb, she will be starring in two new movies, entitled “The Phantoms” and “How to Talk with Spirits”, which are set to be released late in 2022.

Her fans can keep track of her life and work through her Twitter account established in May 2013, which has been followed by over 2,500 people. She also has an Instagram profile, which has amassed nearly 2,000 followers.

Age, height, and net worth

Veronica’s age is 73 – she now has grey hair and blue eyes; she weighs around 135lbs (60kgs) and is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall, with vital statistics of 38-26-40.

According to sources, as of July 2022, her net worth has been estimated at over $2 million, mostly earned from appearing in numerous movies and television series.

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