The hit musical from 1965 starred Julie Andrews as Maria Von Trapp, and told the story of her life in Austria as the governess, and eventual mother of the seven children of Captain Georg Von Trapp, played by Christopher Plummer. Her iconic scene singing “The Hills Are Alive” in the middle of the Alps is one of the most recognized in movie history, and the story has lived on and still fascinates people to this day.
The actors who played the seven children in the Von Trapp family all went on to have thriving careers, and will always be known for starring in one of the most memorable films of all time.
Here is an update on where they are today:
Charmain Carr – Liesl Von Trapp: After dancing around the gazebo and singing “16 going on 17″, Charmain Carr is still internationally recognized as Liesl, and still does radio and TV appearances related to the role. She wrote two books about her experiences making the film, and spent many years acting in commercials. She has two daughters who are full-grown now.
Nicholas Hammond – Friedrich Von Trapp: Nicholas went on to appear in several movies, including Spiderman and Mission Impossible. He graduated from Princeton University and now lives in Australia where he continues to work in film, theater, and television.
Heather Menzies – Louisa Von Trapp: Heather continued acting in movies after playing Louisa, and she also starred in the TV show, Logan’s Run. She was married for 28 years to late actor Robert Urich, and they had two children together. She now has two grandchildren, and now works for the Robert Urich Cancer Foundation.
Duane Chase – Kurt Von Trapp: Duane didn’t do any movies after The Sound Of Music, and instead went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Geology. He lives in Washington State with his wife of 12 years.
Angela Cartwright – Brigitta Von Trapp: Cartwright was probably one of the most recognized child actors out of the group, and also starred in Lost In Space and Make Room For Daddy. She has two children now and is the author of two photography books.
Debbie Turner – Marta Von Trapp: Debbie was a child actor from the time she was 6 months old, and starred in quite a few toy commercials for Mattel. After The Sound of Music, she left showbusiness and became a professional skier in Utah. She now has four daughters and a floral design business in Minnesota.
Kym Karath – Gretel Von Trapp: Kym was a child actor since the age of 3, and worked on several other movie and TV projects after her role as adorable Gretel, including Lassie, Lost In Space, and even The Brady Bunch. She moved to Paris for a while to pursue an interest in art history and also did a bit of modeling. She appeared on All My Children before taking time off to be a stay-at-home-mom. She is now getting back into acting again.
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