Dec 27, 2018
CALLING ALPHA CONTROL: ANGELA CARTWRIGHT
EPISODE SYNOPSIS: We welcome a special guest to Alpha Control; actress, author & artists; Angela Cartwright. Well-known to LIS fans as the lovely young actress who played Penny Robinson on the classic series, Ms. Cartwright has led a charmed life before, during & after her time spent Lost in Space. She joins us today for a very special interview to discuss her wide-ranging show business career, her spectacular art & books, as well as a little bit on our beloved original Lost in Space.
ANGELA’S BIO: Before we speak her, a little background on Angela. Born in Cheshire, England, Angela moved with her family to Los Angeles, CA and started her acting career at the tender age of 3 playing Paul Newman’s daughter in the movie Somebody Up There Likes Me. In 1957, at age four Angela was cast to play Danny’s daughter Linda Williams for 7 years on The Danny Thomas Show & wound up doing over 200 episodes of the hit television series.
Next came a spot in feature film history, when Angela was cast as Brigitta von Trapp in the legendary 1965 Rogers & Hammerstein Musical The Sound of Music. That film which starred Julie Andrews & Christopher Plumber became the #1 movie of that year; breaking box office records around the world, won 5 Academy awards & featured a soundtrack that went to #1 in the charts.
Having secured a place in movie history, she next won a role that ensured her life-long fame in TV history when she was cast as the Robinson’s sensitive & inquisitive middle child Penny on Lost in Space. During her three seasons on the show, Angela’s character was featured in some of the more atmospheric & whimsical episodes, which explored deeper themes of growing up under fantastic circumstances. She also got the pleasure of being the keeper of the series delightful pet Debbie; the Bloop.
After the show ended, Angela continued to act in numerous television shows, commercials and movies in what would eventually become her over her six-decade career in show business.
In addition to her career as a performer, Angela has had a life-long passion for art & photography. That passion led her to pursue a second career as an artist, as well as a jewelry & clothing designer; eventually establishing her own art studio, which can be explored online at Angela Cartwright studio. A prolific creator & teacher; her art works have been collected & exhibited around the world.
Angela is also a published author with titles that include; her award-winning coffee table book Styling the Stars: Lost Treasures from the Twentieth Century Fox Archive, her Art books: Mixed Emulsions, In This House and In This Garden. She also conceived and collaborated on The Sound of Music Family Scrapbook along with her fellow ‘Von Trapp’ siblings.
In addition, Angela and her Lost In Space co-star Bill Mumy collaborated on two books. The first is a pictorial memoir, Lost (and Found) In Space, which recollects their personal memories of the show thru words, photographs & unique illustrations. Her latest book, On Purpose, is a fantasy adventure novel for young adults that includes twenty-three of her illustrations.
When Not creating at home; Angela has traveled the world teaching her art techniques and led special trips to Salzburg, Austria sharing her Sound of Music experiences.
With all of that on her plate, somehow along the way Angela found the time to marry, raise two children and is today a Grandmother of three. Now, get ready to enjoy this delightful interview with the vivacious & beautiful Angela Cartwright.
PODCAST INFO: This interview was conducted on 13 DEC 2018.
LINKS: SHOWBIZ: angela-cartwright.com
ART SITE: acartwrightstudio.com
On Purpose : http://www.angela-cartwright.com/OnPurpose/