Angela Cartwright, November 2005
|Born||Angela Margaret Cartwright
September 9, 1952
Altrincham, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom
|Spouse(s)||Steve Gullion (m. 1976)|
Angela Margaret Cartwright (born September 9, 1952) is an English-born American actress primarily known for her roles in movies and television. Cartwright is best known as a child actress for her role as Brigitta Von Trapp in the film The Sound of Music, as Danny Williams' (played by Danny Thomas) stepdaughter Linda in the 1950s TV series Make Room For Daddy (a role she played from 1957 to 1964), and as John's & Maureen's daughter (played by Guy Williams and June Lockhart respectively) Penny Robinson in the 1960s television series Lost in Space. Her older sister is actress Veronica Cartwright.
Early life and career
Angela Cartwright was born in Altrincham, Cheshire, England. She made her first film appearance at three years old as Paul Newman's daughter in Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), and appeared with Sidney Poitier in Something of Value (1957). After moving to the US, Cartwright appeared for seven seasons in the TV series Make Room For Daddy.
She played Penny Robinson opposite TV veterans Guy Williams, June Lockhart and Jonathan Harris in the hit TV series Lost in Space (1965–1968). She made appearances on several TV shows including My Three Sons, Adam-12, and The Love Boat.
She also appeared in several films, most notably in the role of Brigitta von Trapp in The Sound of Music (1965). She later appeared in Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979), directed by Lost in Space producer Irwin Allen. She was given a small speaking role in the 1998 Lost in Space theatrical remake. She was in the television movies Scout's Honour (1980) and High School U.S.A. (1983).
Cartwright has also appeared in the theatre and TV commercials. She was one of the first stars to take advantage of the World Wide Web and has had her own website for many years. She has published one successful book and will soon publish another one co-written with Bill Mumy, her co-star from Lost in Space.
Cartwright married Steve Gullion in 1976 and has two children, Jesse and Rebecca Gullion. She has been a photographer for 30 years. Her fine art is displayed at her studio in Studio City, Los Angeles.
Friendship with Danny Thomas
As a little girl of the 1950s, starting as an unfamiliar actress of her day, iconic comedian and singer Danny Thomas signed her to play his television stepdaughter on the Make Room for Daddy series for seven of the show's eleven seasons, which gave Cartwright a promising career. While there, she had a wonderful on- and off-screen relationships with him and co-star Marjorie Lord, who played Kathy 'Clancy' Williams, of 1960s television. Prior to co-starring on another successful series, Lost in Space, she also worked with Thomas, twice, on The Danny Thomas Special, in 1967, and three years later, she was reunited with both Thomas and Lord for the 1970 remake, Make Room For Granddaddy. After the series was canceled, Cartwright remained on good terms with Thomas, for 20 years.
The year before she lost her acting mentor, Thomas & Cartwright were all very devastated, when on January 18, 1990, their beloved co-star Rusty Hamer, who played Rusty Williams in the Make Room For Daddy series had committed suicide. Neither was able to attend the funeral, but paid their respects to Rusty. That was the last time Cartwright reunited with Thomas. The following year, on February 6, 1991, Cartwright was deeply saddened when she lost her surrogate "stepfather." Danny Thomas suffered a heart attack, and was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and died at 2:01 A.M. She attended the funeral that took place on February 9, 1991, at a funeral mass in Los Angeles, California.
In May 2013, 22 years after Thomas' death, she was interviewed by Classic Film & TV cafe. Cartwright said about her relationship with Thomas, "I thought Danny was hilarious and he was always cracking me up. He was loud and gregarious, nothing like my real Dad who is far more reserved than that. So, it was fun to be able to make smart remarks and get away with it. I would never have talked to my real parents that way, but in the make-believe world of the Williams family I got away with that." She also said Thomas had allowed her to be a part of The Sound of Music, the last year Make Room For Daddy was on the air. "I went on an interview for the part of Brigitta. I was still filming The Danny Thomas Show, but I knew the series was coming to an end. After several auditions, I was the first von Trapp cast. I asked Danny Thomas if he would let me out of my contract so I could be in the movie and he was very gracious to let me out of the last show of the season. He didn’t have to do that and I am very grateful he did."
A partial listing of Angela Cartwright's appearances in movies and television appears below.
- 1985 – Airwolf
- 1983 – High School U.S.A.
- 1982 – The Love Boat
- 1980 – Scout's Honor
- 1977 – Logan's Run ("The Collectors")
- 1972 – Room 222
- 1971 – Adam-12
- 1970 – Make Room for Granddaddy (1970–1971)
- 1967 – The Danny Thomas Hour
- 1965 – My Three Sons (1965–1969)
- 1965 – Lost in Space (1965–1968)
- 1965 – The John Forsythe Show
- 1961 – The Red Skelton Show
- 1961 - The Twilight Zone
- 1960 – Shirley Temple's Storybook
- 1960 - Alfred Hitchcock Presents
- 1959 – The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford
- 1958 – Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse
- 1958 – The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour
- 1958 – Whirlybirds (1958)
- 1957 – Make Room For Daddy (1957–1965)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Angela Cartwright.|
- Official web site
- Angela Cartwright at the Internet Movie Database
- Art Studio web site
- Penny Robinson Fan Club