What 'Make Room for Daddy' Star Angela Cartwright Looks like Nowadays
While Angela Cartwright proved to be a talented actress since childhood, she chose to indulge in her passion for art, photography, and her family during adulthood instead.
At three years old, Angela made her first appearance onscreen in “Somebody Up There Likes Me” in 1956, which led to her well-known castings in “The Danny Thomas Show” and the epic musical, “The Sound of Music.”
By the mid-1980s, Angela had primarily stepped away from showbiz to focus on her work as a professional photographer based in Studio City, California and take care of her family.
At her studio, she is the curator of a black-and-white photography gallery and also a founding member of the 4260 Black & White Photography Guild. The actress’s love for photography dated back to her childhood, something she picked up from her father.
“I love photography and have since I was a small child, and it was my Dad, who started taking photographs. I would take photos of my friends in their latest outfits and then develop the photos and print them in my Dad’s darkroom in the garage. That love of photography has stayed with me all my life, and I carried it into my art,” Angela said in 2013.
Along with her studio, Angela also designed her art wear line where her hand-painted photographs got transformed onto fabric to create her unique style of art wear.
The actress appeared in another four films after she initially left the business in 1985 and later shared that she didn’t miss the limelight of Hollywood in the least.
“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,” Angela said.
She did admit, when looking back at her career, that having given others cherished memories like in “The Sound of Music” in 1965, filled her with a sense of pride.
"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,” Angela added.
Her photography took off after the birth of her two children, Rebecca Gullion in 1981 and Jesse Gullion in 1985, when Angela found herself incorporating her work into different art endeavors like scrapbooking.
“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,” she said.
Through her different art projects, Angela developed several unique art techniques and published two books about them in 2007.
She co-authored, “In This House - A Collection of Altered Art Imagery and Collage Techniques” with the artist Sarah Fishburn, and released her second book in November 2007 called “Mix Emulsions - Altered Art for Photographic Imagery.”
Angela credited her parents for giving her and her sister, Veronica a regular down to earth upbringing, despite their joint success in Hollywood. Initially, from across the pond, her family left England for the US after Angela snagged her first acting role.
“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,” she said.
Almost four years Angela’s senior, her sister Veronica became an actress in own right. With an onscreen acting career that started in 1958, Veronica frequently appeared in films and television series for over six decades with an astonishing 150 acting credits and counting.
In 1963, Veronica and Angela got the chance to work together on “Spencer’s Mountain” alongside Kym Karath.
Similar to Angela, who got the part on “The Danny Thomas Show” at the age of five, her co-star on the hit 1950s sitcom Rusty Hamer did as well.
While both five-year-olds became household names because of the sitcom, their lives took different paths after the show ended in 1971.
He may have portrayed the role of a sunny, intelligent, curly-haired boy, but Rusty Hamer’s life took a tragic turn when mounting pressures took its toll.