Iconic ‘Sound of Music’ Actress Charmian Carr Dies at 73

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Charmian Carr, an actress best known for her role as Liesl von Trapp in The Sound of Music, has died. According to her representative, the star died after suffering from complications related to dementia. She was 73.

The iconic mid-1960s film features the story of the von Trapp family. You probably know the famous love story of 17-year old Liesl von Trapp who falls for a local boy.

Sadly, their romance is halted when he opts to join the Nazi army. On the flip side, the von Trapp family and Liesl found themselves escaping the army in a daring run to Switzerland. The story is told through a number of beautiful musical numbers, including “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and “Edelweiss.”

You can catch a glimpse of one of those performances in this video.

After her performance in The Sound of Music, Carr only starred in one other film, 1966’s Evening Primrose. Later in life, she became an interior designer and designed homes for stars like Michael Jackson. However, close friends of Carr say she never truly gave up her role as Liesl von Trapp.

“Charmian Carr played the oldest von Trapp child, and in some ways she maintained that role in real life – guiding, cheering, supporting and generally being there for the rest of her ‘sisters’ and ‘brothers,'” Ted Chapin, president of Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization, said in a statement.

Carr penned two books about her experience in this role, 2000’s “Forever Liesl” and 2001’s “Letters to Liesl.”

After hearing of Carr’s death, fellow von Trap family member Kym Krath stated that the death of her on-screen sister was “excruciating.”

Carr is survived by her two daughters, Jennifer and Emily, as well as four siblings and four grandchildren.

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Iconic ‘Sound of Music’ Actress Charmian Carr Dies at 73