Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthSeptember 9, 1952
SpouseSteve Gullion
MarkOften played sweet, wholesome characters
FactEx-sister-in-law of Richard Gates.

Angela Margaret Cartwright (born September 9, 1952) is an English actress, author and artist. She is best known for her roles in the 1960s CBS television series Lost in Space and the 1968 film The Sound of Music.

Cartwright was born in Altrincham, Cheshire, England, the daughter of Mavis (née Hincks), a dancer, and Keith Cartwright, a businessman. She has three brothers: Gary, Graham and Nigel. Cartwright began her career as a child actress in the 1957 British film The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan.

Cartwright’s first major role was as Brigitta von Trapp in the 1965 film The Sound of Music, which starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. She later reprised her role in the stage musical version of The Sound of Music in London’s West End.

Cartwright’s other film credits include The Love Bug (1968), Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978).

On television, Cartwright starred as Penny Robinson in the CBS science fiction series Lost in Space from 1965 to 1968. She also guest-starred on such shows as The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Hart to Hart and Murder, She Wrote.

Cartwright has been married to actor John McEnery since 1970. They have two daughters: Rebecca and Amy.

Cartwright currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

General Info

Full NameAngela Cartwright
Date Of BirthSeptember 9, 1952
Height1.65 m
ProfessionPhotographer, Child actor


SpouseSteve Gullion
ChildrenRebecca Gullion, Jesse Gullion
SiblingsVeronica Cartwright


MoviesElf Sparkle and the Special Red Dress, Lost in Space, High School U.S.A., Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, The Sound of Music, Lad: A Dog, Somebody Up There Likes Me, The Bolt Who Screwed Christmas
TV ShowsMake Room for Granddaddy, Lost in Space, The Danny Thomas Show

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#Marks / Signs
1Soft Mid-Atlantic English Accent
2Dark Hair
3Often played sweet, wholesome characters


1I loved having "Debbie the Bloop" (Judy the Chimpanzee), as my co-star, but she didn't like the hat with ears that she had to wear and sometimes it made her cranky.
2[on the death of Danny Thomas]: He was quite a character, lot of people will remember him.
3[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.
4[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.
5[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.'
6I 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.
7[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!
8[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.
9Photography 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!


1Credits Danny Thomas and Jonathan Harris as her acting mentors.
2Surrogate stepdaughter of Danny Thomas.
3Revealed that she had a wonderful working relationship with Danny Thomas, on Make Room for Daddy (1953).
4Her 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.).
5Lives in California with husband and 2 children. She is a photographer, novelist, artist and occasional actress [March 2002]
6Her parrot was named after Danny Thomas.
7It was Irwin Allen's idea for her to be Penny Robinson on Lost in Space (1965).
8Friend of Bill Mumy, Rusty Hamer, Ron Howard and Tony Dow.
9Her acting mentors were the late Danny Thomas and the late Jonathan Harris.
10Ex-sister-in-law of Richard Gates.
11Best 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).
12A photography buff since age 15.
13Tested for a part in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) which eventually went to Pamela Franklin.
14Angela Cartwright Artist Papers, recently released, are collections of her images as artist papers, vellums and transparencies.
15She has a line of rubber stamps called "Unruly Girls Club" which are made from Angela's sketches.
16Has has taught classes on her art techniques.
17In 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.
18At 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.
19Did her own singing in The Sound of Music (1965).
20Introduced The Sound of Music (1965) co-star Heather Menzies-Urich to The Beatles.
21Is a fan of 24 (2001).
22Born in England but grew up in America.
23Angela 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).
24Distant cousin of The Sound of Music (1965) co-star Heather Menzies-Urich.
25Children: Rebecca Gullion (b. 1981) and Jesse Gullion (b. 1985).
26Younger sister of Veronica Cartwright, sister-in-law of Richard Compton.




Elf Sparkle and the Special Red Dress2010TV MovieMiss Cow (voice)
The Bolt Who Screwed Christmas2009ShortDaughter (voice)
Lost in Space1998Reporter #2
Airwolf1985TV SeriesMrs. Cranovich
High School U.S.A.1983TV MovieMiss D'Angelo
The Love Boat1982TV SeriesYanne
Scout's Honor1980TV MovieAlfredo's Mom
Beyond the Poseidon Adventure1979Theresa Mazzetti
Logan's Run1977TV SeriesKaren
Mr. & Ms. and the Magic Studio Mystery1975TV MovieSally
Room 2221972TV SeriesPhyllis
Adam-121971TV SeriesCindy Williams
Make Room for Granddaddy1970-1971TV SeriesLinda Williams
Medical Center1969TV SeriesAngela
My Three Sons1965-1969TV SeriesDebbie Hunter / Alice Vail
Lost in Space1965-1968TV SeriesPenny Robinson / Princess Alpha
The Danny Thomas Hour1967TV SeriesLinda Williams
The John Forsythe Show1965TV Series
The Sound of Music1965Brigitta
Danny Thomas Reunion Special1965TV MovieLinda Williams
Make Room for Daddy1957-1964TV SeriesLinda Williams
Lad: A Dog1962Angela
The Red Skelton Hour1961TV SeriesGuest Vocalist
Shirley Temple's Storybook1960TV SeriesJane
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1960TV SeriesIrenee Wellington
The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour1958TV SeriesLinda Williams
Whirlybirds1958TV SeriesSusan Davis
Something of Value1957Caroline (uncredited)
Somebody Up There Likes Me1956Audrey at Age 3 (uncredited)


20 to 12010TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
The Sound of Music1965performer: "The Sound of Music" 1959, "Do-Re-Mi" 1959, "My Favorite Things" 1959, "The Lonely Goatherd" 1959, "Edelweiss" 1959, "So Long, Farewell" 1959 - uncredited
Make Room for Daddy1957-1961TV Series performer - 6 episodes
Shirley Temple's Storybook1960TV Series performer - 1 episode


Starz Inside: The Face Is Familiar2009TV Movie documentary special thanks
Play2008/IShort special thanks
Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of Movies1996TV Movie documentary special thanks


Cake Wars2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest Judge
Pioneers of Television2011TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself / Penny Robinson in Lost in Space
The Oprah Winfrey Show2010TV SeriesHerself
On the Edge of Black and White2008DocumentaryHerself
Good Morning America2005TV SeriesHerself
Best Ever Family Films2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Ultimate Film2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
Movie Lover's Road Trip2003TV SeriesHerself
Child Stars: Then and Now2003TV Special documentaryHerself
After They Were Famous2001TV Series documentaryHerself
The Sound of Music Children2001TV Movie documentaryHerself
Child Stars: Their Story2000TV Movie documentaryHerself
Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 11999TV Movie documentaryHerself
Fox Studios Australia: The Grand Opening1999TV Movie documentaryHerself
Lost in Space Forever1998TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen1995TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Howard Stern Show1990TV SeriesHerself
When We Were Young...: Growing Up on the Silver Screen1989TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Joan Rivers Show1989TV SeriesHerself
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHerself
Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour1984TV SeriesHerself
Family Feud1983TV SeriesHerself
Behind the Scenes: Beyond the Poseidon Adventure1979TV MovieHerself
Good Old Days1977TV MovieHerself
The Hollywood Squares1971TV SeriesGuest Appearance
Talking Pictures1968TV MovieHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1965TV SeriesHerself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1960TV SeriesHerself
The Dinah Shore Show1960TV SeriesHerself
Startime1959TV SeriesHerself
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show1959TV SeriesHerself - Actress
Social Security in Action1958TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

The Untold Story of the Sound of Music2015TV Movie documentaryHerself / Brigitta Von Trapp
Pioneers of Television2008TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself / Linda Williams
20 to 12006TV Series documentaryBrigitta von Trapp
Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 21999TV Special documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Lost in Space 25th Anniversary Tribute1991Video documentaryHerself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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