Make room for these 11 facts about Angela Cartwright

One of the greatest child stars of the 1960s

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As far as child actors go, Angela Cartwright was one of the most successful. At the age of five, Cartwright joined the popular sitcom The Danny Thomas Show and stuck around for seven seasons. Immediately after, Cartwright snagged a role in the musical The Sound of Music, which would go on to become one of the most successful films of all time.

The success didn't end there, with Cartwright swiftly returning to television for her most well known role as Penny Robinson on Lost in Space. The sci-fi series would last three seasons and go on to become a cult classic, cementing the child actor's place as one of the best of all time. 

1. She did her own singing in 'The Sound of Music'

The hills were alive with the sound of Cartwright's voice. The actress didn't require someone else to sing her lines in the legendary musical; she sang them herself. 

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2. She was born in England

Despite being a staple on American television in the 1950s and 1960s, Cartwright was born across the pond in Cheshire, England. Her family moved to the United States, after which Cartwright began to appear in films and on television. 

3. She's now a professional photographer

Cartwright has mostly stepped away from acting after a string of guest-starring TV roles in the 1970s and 1980s. Since then, Cartwright has worked as a professional photographer based in Studio City, California. She also enjoys scrapbooking. 

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4. She had a cameo in the 'Lost of Space' remake

Cartwright hasn't given up acting entirely. She made a cameo appearance in the 1998 movie Lost in Space as a reporter. 

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5. She's still close with her 'Lost in Space' costars

There's no bad blood between Cartwright and her Lost in Space costars. In fact, Marta Kristen, Mark Goddard, Cartwright and Bill Mumy reunited last year at Comic Con to celebrate the series' 50th anniversary. 

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6. She recently released a book with Bill Mumy

Cartwright and Mumy are particularly close. The two of them recently released the pictorial memoir Lost (and Found) in Space, featuring never-before-seen images of the sci-fi series, handpicked by the two costars. 

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7. She tried out a singing career

Back in the 1950s, the actress tried her hand at a music career by releasing an album called Angela Cartwright Sings. Before the album, Cartwright also released two singles, "My First Romance" and "Merry Go Round." 

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8. Her first film role was a big one

Cartwright played Paul Newman's daughter in the 1956 film Somebody Up There Likes Me. She played the uncredited part when she was only three years old.

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9. She was a huge Beatles fan

According to Tech Times, Cartwright would sing the group's songs on the set of The Sound of Music with costar Heather Menzies. It drove the rest of the cast crazy. 

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10. She appeared in the 'Make Room for Daddy' reboot

Who said remakes and reboots are a recent trend? In 1970, Cartwright reprised the role of Linda Williams in Make Room for Granddaddy. The series only lasted one season. 

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11. She's going back to Bavaria!

You can relive the entire Sound of Music experience with Cartwright on a trip next month to Austria and Bavaria. The "10-Day Sound of Music Tour in Austria and Bavaria" includes trips to filming locations, autograph sessions and hearing all the behind-the-scenes details from the actress herself. 


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