Veronica was born in Bristol, England and emigrated to the United States as a young girl with her parents and sister Angela. She began her career modeling and doing print ads. She became the “Kellogg’s Girl” doing commercials for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, Sugar Smacks and Rice Krispies.
At the age of nine, Veronica appeared in In Love and War (1958), playing Robert Wagner’s sister. Following that she was a semi-regular on the CBS series, Leave It To Beaver, as Violet Rutherford, famed for giving Beaver his first kiss. Other shows followed such as The Eleventh Hour, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and the classic episode of The Twilight Zone called “I Sing the Body Electric” as young Anne. There were many guest appearances on various shows and then the NBC serial, Daniel Boone,” where she played Jemima Boone from 1964 to 1966.
At age 15, she won an Emmy for Best Actress in a television movie called Tell Me Not in Mournful Numbers (1964), an actual case-history of a young girl who was admitted to the Children’s Psychiatric Unit of Los Angeles County General Hospital, who thought, drew and spoke only in numbers.
Her film career began in the classic films, such as The Children’s Hour (1961), with Audrey Hepburn and Shirley McLaine and directed by William Wyler; Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963), starring Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy and Rod Taylor; and Spencer’s Mountain (1963), with Henry Fonda and Maureen O’Hara.
She made her transition into adult roles in such films as Inserts with Richard Dryfuss and Goin’ South (1978), the first of three films in which she starred opposite Jack Nicholson. Veronica appeared in two science fiction classics in the 1970’s, Philip Kaufman’s remake of Invasion of The Body Snatchers (1978) starring Donald Sutherland, Jeff Goldblum and Leonard Nimoy, and also Ridley Scott’s masterpiece thriller, Alien (1979).
In the 1980’s, Veronica starred as Betty Grissom in the epic dramatization of NASA’s space program based on Tom Wolfe’s novel, The Right Stuff (1983), also directed by Kaufman. She made an indelible impression on movie-goers in 1987 with her standout performance in The Witches of Eastwick, alongside Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon and Nicholson. Among Veronica’s other film credits are Man Trouble (1992), again with Nicholson, and Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995), based on a Clive Barker story.
In 1997 Veronica starred in Money Talks, opposite Chris Tucker and Charlie Sheen. She was also in Darren Stein’s wonderful comedy, Sparkler (1997), opposite Park Overall, and A Slipping Down Life (1999), opposite Guy Pierce and Lili Taylor.
Veronica has appeared in numerous television movies and series, including The Rat Pack (1998), The Lottery (1996), My Brother’s Keeper (1995) opposite John Lithgow, Dead In The Water (1991), and Robert Kennedy: His Life And Times (1985) in which she played Ethel Kennedy opposite Brad Davis. She also had a memorable recurring television role as the zealous prosecutor, Margaret Flanagan on L.A. Law.
Veronica has been nominated three other times for an Emmy Award, in 1997 for her guest starring role of Mrs. Huston in two widely acclaimed episodes of ER called “Whose Appy Now?” and “Faith.” In 1998, the Television Academy nominated her twice for her pivotal role of Cassandra Spender on Fox’s The X Files, for the episodes “Patient X” and “The Red and the Black.” In 1999, she returned in two more episodes as Cassandra.
Her many theater credits from New York to Los Angeles include Electra, Tally’s Folly, and The Master Builder, all of which she received brilliant reviews. Her performances in The Hands Of Its Enemy, The Triplet Collection and Homesteaders, each brought her DramaLogue Awards for Best Actress.
Most recently, Veronica was cast as a series regular in the FOX series 24:Legacy. She also had recurring roles in the hit ABC series Resurrection, as well as Amazon’s Bosch. She also stars in the MGM/Blumhouse film, The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014). Veronica also appeared on television as a series regular in the ABC series Eastwick. Other recent TV appearances include Grey’s Anatomy, Revenge, Memphis Beat, Drop Dead Diva, Nip/Tuck, CSI, Cold Case, October Road, Six Feet Under, Law & Order: SVU, Boston Legal, The Closer, Invasion, Will & Grace and other hit television shows.