Carr, who played 'Sound of Music's Liesl, dies at age 73
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[September 19, 2016]
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -
Charmian Carr, beloved by fans for her role as the
rebellious daughter, Liesl Von Trapp, in the Academy
Award-winning film "The Sound of Music," has died at the
age of 73, her family said on Sunday.
Carr died on Saturday of complications from a rare form of
dementia in the Los Angeles suburb of Woodland Hills, the family
said in a statement.
Carr was in her early 20s when she played Liesl, the eldest of
the seven children of stern widower Captain Von Trapp, played by
Christopher Plummer, in the 1965 musical starring Julie Andrews.
Her romantic dance scene with screen boyfriend Rolfe in a gazebo
during a thunderstorm while singing "Sixteen Going On Seventeen"
was considered one of the movie's most charming scenes.
After "The Sound of Music," Carr appeared in the TV musical
"Evening Primrose" with Anthony Perkins but then stepped back
from acting to start an interior design business and raise a
But her enthusiasm for "The Sound of Music" remained
undiminished and in 2000, she started hosting sing-alongs of the
movie across the United States, which drew thousands of fans
dressed as their favorite characters.
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Carr also wrote two books - "Forever Liesl," in 2000, in which she
detailed the making of the movie, and "Letters to Liesl" in 2001,
which was inspired by the fan mail she received from around the
Carr was born in Chicago on Dec. 27, 1942, and moved to California
when she was 13. She is survived by two children and four
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Peter Cooney)
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