Veronica Cartwright appeared in The Twilight Zone. English-born American actress Veronica Cartwright, older sister of the popular child actress Angela Cartwright, was born in Bristol, England, on April 20, 1949. Cartwright’s parents, Frank St. John Christie and Rosemary Christie, emigrated to Los Angeles with the family, shortly after the birth of Cartwright’s younger sister. Cartwright began her career at a young age through modeling and doing print ads. She became known as the Kellogg’s Girl, doing commercials for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, Sugar Smacks and Rice Krispies.
In 1958, at the age of nine, Cartwright’s career as a child actress began with her unaccredited role in Love and War (1958) as Allie O’Neill. In 1959, Cartwright went on to appear in the television series Leave It to Beaver, playing the repeated role of Violet Rutherford in three episodes and Peggy MacIntosh in one episode, and her character Violet Rutherford was made famous as she was the girl to give Beaver Cleaver his first kiss.
In addition to Cartwright appearing in The Twilight Zone, she did many other significant works as a child actress, such as starring in the films, The Children’s Hour (1961) and The Birds (1963). She also had guest roles in Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Make Room for Daddy, and many TV series and movies. Another notable TV role Cartwright did as a child was when she starred in the 100th episode of The Twilight Zone, in the episode titled “I Sing the Body Electric” (1962). As a teenager, Cartwright had minor roles in The Eleventh Hour, One Man’s Way (1964), and other TV shows and movies—but one of her prominent roles was Jemima Boone in the TV series Daniel Boone. Her roles would change later in her adult life.
At the age of twenty-nine, Cartwright played the role of Nancy Bellicec in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), a remake of the 1956 film. Cartwright followed that success by starting in Alien (1979) as Lambert. Though Cartwright did not like the role of Lambert, due to the character’s emotional flaws, she was awarded the 1980 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress as Joan Lambert in the Ridley Scott’s horror classic. Cartwright would go on to star in other movie roles, one being the recent remake of The Body Snatchers novel, The Invasion (2007), and guest star in many popular shows, such as L.A. Law, The X-Files, Chicago Hope, Will & Grace, Touched by an Angel, Judging Amy, Six Feet Under, The Closer, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and many others.
Cartwright has been married three times: Richard Gates (m. 1968; div. 1972); Stanley Goldstein (m. 1976; div. 1980); and American writer/director/producer Richard Compton (m. 1982; died 2007). Cartwright had a son, Dakota, with Compton. Cartwright is also the sister-in-law of Steve Gullion and the aunt of actors Jesse Gullion and Rebecca Gullion.