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Biography #2 (for Alien)

Veronica Cartwright was born in England, and began her career as a child actress in the 1960s, appearing in various television shows including Leave it to Beaver, The Twilight Zone and Daniel Boone.

Her film career began with In Love and War, The Children's Hour, directed by William Wyler, Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, and Spencer's Mountain, with Henry Fonda and Maureen O' Hara.

She made her transition into adult roles in the films Inserts and Goin' South, the first of three films in which she starred opposite Jack Nicholson. In the 1970s, Cartwright appeared in two science fiction classics: ALIEN and Philip Kaufman's remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. She starred as Betty Grissom in the epic dramatization of NASA's space program based on Tom Wolfe's novel, The Right Stuff, also directed by Kaufman.

Cartwright's other film credits include The Witches of Eastwick, alongside Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon and Nicholson, Bob Rafelson's Man Trouble, again with Nicholson, Money Talks, and The Rat Pack.

Her many theater credits include Ezra Pounds' Electra, the two-character play Tally's Folly at Elitch Gardens in Denver, starring with and directed by Judd Hirsch, and The Master Builder, opposite Sam Waterston. Her performances in The Hands of Its Enemy, Homesteaders and The Triplet Collection brought her Dramalogue awards.

Cartwright received an Emmy in 1964 for Tell Me Not in Mournful Numbers. She was nominated again by the television academy for guest starring roles in ER and The X-Files.

Bio courtesy Fox for "Alien" (01-Jan-2000)