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Overview (3)

Born in Altrincham, Cheshire, England, UK
Birth NameAngela Margaret Cartwright
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born in England, Angela is the younger sister of actress Veronica Cartwright. As a child she was cast as the cute little stepdaughter, Linda Williams, on Make Room for Daddy (1953). She was on the show from 1957 to 1964. After that, she was cast as Brigitta in the popular Julie Andrews movie The Sound of Music (1965). Soon after, she returned to series TV as Penny Robinson, young teenage space traveler, in Lost in Space (1965), which ran from 1965-1968. Even with cheap special effects and a hokey story line, the show is still popular today. In 1970 Angela had a part in Make Room for Granddaddy (1970), a sequel to the original series, but the show was soon canceled. Since that time, she has made a life outside of films.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

Spouse (1)

Steve Gullion (22 May 1976 - present) (2 children)

Trade Mark (3)

Often played sweet, wholesome characters
Dark Hair
Soft Mid-Atlantic English Accent

Trivia (27)

Younger sister of Veronica Cartwright, sister-in-law of Richard Compton.
Children: Rebecca Gullion (b. 1981) and Jesse Gullion (b. 1985).
Distant cousin of The Sound of Music (1965) co-star Heather Menzies-Urich.
Angela and her sister, Veronica Cartwright, have both acted alongside Kym Karath. Veronica in Spencer's Mountain (1963) and Angela in The Sound of Music (1965) and an episode of Lost in Space (1965).
Born in England but grew up in America.
Is a fan of 24 (2001).
Introduced The Sound of Music (1965) co-star Heather Menzies-Urich to The Beatles.
Did her own singing in The Sound of Music (1965).
At her studio in Studio City, California, she is curator of an exclusively black & white photography gallery and is a founding member of the 4260 Black & White Photography Guild.
In early 2007 Angela partnered with artist Sarah Fishburn to co-author the book "In This House - A Collection of Altered Art Imagery and Collage Techniques". Her second book "Mixed Emulsions - Altered Art for Photographic Imagery" was released in November 2007.
Has has taught classes on her art techniques.
She has a line of rubber stamps called "Unruly Girls Club" which are made from Angela's sketches.
Angela Cartwright Artist Papers, recently released, are collections of her images as artist papers, vellums and transparencies.
Tested for a part in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) which eventually went to Pamela Franklin.
A photography buff since age 15.
Best known by the public for her roles as Linda Williams on Make Room for Daddy (1953) and as Penny Robinson on Lost in Space (1965).
Ex-sister-in-law of Richard Gates.
Her acting mentors were the late Danny Thomas and the late Jonathan Harris.
It was Irwin Allen's idea for her to be Penny Robinson on Lost in Space (1965).
Her parrot was named after Danny Thomas.
Lives in California with husband and 2 children. She is a photographer, novelist, artist and occasional actress [March 2002]
Her former series' lead, acting mentor and best friend, Danny Thomas, died on February 6, 1991. (Danny celebrated his 79th birthday on January 6, 1991, with friends and family, who appeared on The Tonight Show (1962), the following month and passed away, the following day.).
Revealed that she had a wonderful working relationship with Danny Thomas, on Make Room for Daddy (1953).
Surrogate stepdaughter of Danny Thomas.
Credits Danny Thomas and Jonathan Harris as her acting mentors.
She was highly influenced by Danny Thomas.

Personal Quotes (9)

Photography has been a passion of mine since I was 15. After my kids were born I found myself incorporating my photography into different art endeavors and from there it just blossomed. I have always had to have an outlet for my creativity and when my life became more about raising my family than the bright lights of show business exploring my photo art was a great outlet for me. My shadow in my art is one way I trace who I was and where I have been. My shadow and I have been on a journey for quite a while now!
[on encouraging the parents of their own children to be child stars]: Rejection is a big part of show business. It can be tough on anyone who doesn't have fairly good self-esteem. Especially kids, as they try to discover who they are. When I was a young kid, I thought everyone my age went to work everyday and was on television [I started when I was 3]. As I got older, I never considered that tons of people were watching me on television every week. I give a nod to my parents for keeping me as normal as I could be in an un-normal adult world. My parents kept me in check. I had to make my bed, set the table, and do my chores every day but those things were balanced with getting to laugh and be a kid, too.
[When responded if people would best remember her, as either the actress or the artist]: I hope they'll remember a character I played that touched people's lives in a positive way. I hope that through my work, artists will take some chances, break some rules, and make art that comes from inside of them. I would like to be remembered as a kind person, a great Mom, and a bit unruly - in a good way!
I was never one to seek out the spotlight. I am kind of a private person, so I don't miss that part of show business at all. Looking back on my career in television and making a movie like The Sound of Music (1965) from an adult point of view, it actually seems kind of unreal. I was involved in shows that people grew up with - that hold memories for them - and it's a cool feeling.
[on her on- and off-screen chemistry with Danny Thomas, who played Danny Williams]: Working with Danny Thomas was truly an adventure every week. Danny didn't always say the words as they appeared in the script. I learned more by osmosis than by sitting down together [with him]. He was a force to be reckoned with: an explorer of television. He was very loud and gregarious, but he always listened to me, too. He let me use the names of my real friends in the show: he wanted it to be real for me.'
[When thought if Danny Thomas would play second-fiddle to other actors who later played the role of TV dads, years after him, such as: Chuck Connors, Bill Bixby and Michael Landon]: I don't think so, I don't think Danny was really thinking about anybody else's series, at the time. I don't know if he reflected on just how much of the big snowball he started in family television. We shot "The Danny Thomas Show" at Desilu Studios, which was where Lucille Ball was doing I Love Lucy (1951), which of course is iconic. We had a lot of people on our show with over spin-offs, into their own series: It was Danny Thomas and Sheldon Leonard [that had a production company together] and we had on our show. Andy Griffith; and that was the spin-off to Mayberry. Andy was the sheriff that arrested Danny when he went [and I'd forgotten what he'd done, he'd done something in this little town of Mayberry, and so, he was arrested]. Let's see, The Joey Bishop Show (1961) was a spin-off from an episode that Joey Bishop was in. There was Bill Bixby, but I think Bill Bixby just became a star playing the grocery guy on our show, I think he was picked up for some series, but there were a lot of spin-offs in 2 different comedy shows, and comedy was really needed at that time. The 1/2 hr. sitcom that was just your whole family could sit down and watch, it was really enjoyable though, Danny had a big part in that in the beginning of [what I like to call] instead of old TV classics.
[Of Danny Thomas]: He was kind of like my second-family. I worked everyday with them and you know I had my own family that I went home to, but he was so totally different than my family because Danny was very kind of loud and had this sense of humor. Of course, I was given lines to say that I would never dream saying in my own home. It was kind of precocious Linda who could get away with zingers. We were close, when you work together as a group like that [when you're together], we did 26 shows, every season, you have a relationship. Danny was very inspirational to me, he taught me all the ins and out of comedy timing, listening to the audience, we shoot it live every Thursday night.
[on the death of Danny Thomas]: He was quite a character, lot of people will remember him.
I loved having "Debbie the Bloop" (Judy the Chimpanzee), as my co-star in Lost in Space (1965), but she didn't like the hat with ears that she had to wear and sometimes it made her cranky.

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