She’s been part of some of the most memorable families of all time in The Sound of Music, Lost in Space and Make Room for Daddy. Yet even after growing up as a Von Trapp, Robinson and Williams kid, Angela Cartwright’s favorite role by far is playing Grandma in her suburban LA home.
“I love being a grandmother,” Angela, 63, shares with Closer. “It’s like reliving those young years without the stress of being a parent! Both of my kids did good, because they found good mates and have strong family values.”
Angela (third from left) with her The Sound of Music costars in 1965. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Family is a big theme in Angela’s life, and it’s one of the many reasons she and her husband-of-39-years, Steve Gullion, have stayed in their three-bedroom, four-bath Tudor home for 33 years.
“We’ve had so many happy times here,” says Angela, whose kids, Becca, 34, and Jesse, 30, live nearby. “We say all the time, ‘Why would we want to move?’ We raised our kids here, and it’s a very comfortable house.”
Angela and her sister Veronica in October 2006. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
She’s made sure of that by filling the 3,024-square-foot space (built in 1936) with lots of personal touches. There’s the bar she and her actress sister, Veronica, covered with broken tiles (“I think Wolfgang Puck stole the mosaic idea, because I did it way before him!” she jokes), drawings by her 19-month-old grandson, Sheaden, hanging on the refrigerator in the English country–style kitchen and family photos everywhere.
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