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Beloved Actress From The Sound Of Music Dies At The Age Of 73

We remember her best as romantic, young, Liesl von Trapp from 1965's film 'The Sound of Music.'

This weekend, Charmian Carr passed away from complications due to a rare from of dementia, The New York Times reports.

She was just 73.

Carr was 21 years old when she played the role of Liesl in The Sound of Music and likely remembered the most for her adorable duet with costar, Daniel Truhitte.


Carr was born in Chicago in 1942 to a family of entertainers. Although she had never tried singing or acting before being cast for the role of Liesl, she beat out more well-known actresses including Mia Farrow and Patty Duke who were trying for the role.

In an interview with The Times Recorder, Carr's modeling friend had secretly submitted her photo to producer-director Robert Wise. "My friend, without my knowing it, sent in my picture and explained in a note that I sang and danced." She told the newspaper, "I received a call from Mr. Wise to come for a tryout. It took me completely by surprise."

After "The Sound of Music," Carr completed one more film in 1966, "Evening Primrose," and then retired to family life. She raised two daughters and ran an interior design firm.

Friends and former cast members expressed their condolences and grief at the loss of their cast mate:

Angela Cartwrite played Brigitta,

Kym Karath played Gretl von Trapp, she can't believe the loss. Last year, during an interview commemorating the film's 50th anniversary, she said: "We're second family. As adults, we were deeply bonded, so our lives have really interwoven with each other."

Debbie Turner played Marta von Trapp.

Nicholas Hammond played the eldest von Trapp son, Freidrich.

Rest in Peace Charmian Carr.

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