Mrs. Cartwright

born: 04 August 1881
Comox, British Columbia,
died: 17 December 1963
North Vancouver, British Columbia,
(bronchial pneumonia, age 82)

Canadian actress. Her children were Dick Cartwright and Peggy Cartwright.

She married Dr. Conway Cartwright (1877-1952), who enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces from 1914-1919 spending over 4 years in the Ambulance Corps in France. The "job" almost worked him to death from exhaustion, paratyphoid fever, and myocarditis. He took his various weeks of leave time in Canada and the US to spend time with Annie and the 2 children.
In a 2001 interview, daughter Peggy said that when she contracted scarlet fever in Canada, the Dad relocated Annie and the kids to California so she could recuperate. The Mom entered both children in a dramatic school where they did public performances of dancing and athletics with great success. One day Sessue Hayakawa visited the school looking for a small child for a film. Peggy didn't get picked. Even though Mom, Annie, didn't want Peggy in movies, the girl showed such disappointment that the Mom allowed her to be listed with a casting agency. After success in movies (about 1925), the Dad moved the entire family back to Canada "so the children could be properly educated".
Real name: Annie Dora Crawford
Height: 5'4"
Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography.


From Hand To Mouth

Haunted Spooks

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The Harold Lloyd Encyclopedia by Annette D'Agostino Lloyd (book) (Birth Index BC Can: 1881 Aug 04 Annie Dora Crawford: Comox, British Columbia) (Death Registration BC: 1963 Dec 17 Annie dora Cartwright age 82: N. Vancouver, Can: Death Cert) (1910 Jan 20 marriage to Dr. Cartwright) (Passenger (w 2 kids) Can to Seattle, WA: 1918 Jul 25 Dora Cartwright: Ht.5'4") (1920 Oct 4: Ht.5'4") (1914-1919 husb Major Conway Cartwright WWI CEF file) (1919 Aug 13 LA: kids win swim contest) (1920 Sep 26: relationship to kids) (1932 Jun 11: photo of Annie & Peggy Cartwright) (2001 Oct 25 Daily Telegraph: Obit of Peggy w complete biography)
Jim Jarvis (bio notes and research)

This page was last updated on: 29 December 2023