Charmain Carr, who played Liesl Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, has passed away at age 73.
According to a representative, the actress passed away due to complications from a rare form of dementia.
Charmain only had two major roles before leaving the film industry and opening a interior design firm. Her most famous is of course her role as Liesl in Sound of Music, but she also starred in the Stephen Sondheim television musical Evening Primrose.
She did, however, appear at Sound of Music commemorative events and also published two books about her experiences – Forever Liesl and Letters to Liesl.
Back in 2005, Charmain spoke to the Associated Press, saying: ““I tell people that they should consider sing-a-long Sound Of Music like going to a therapist. It’s just a kind of therapy. They can move around. They can dance and talk back to the screen. They can skip their appointment with the shrink that week.”
Twitter is full of outpourings of memories of the actress, including her co-star Kym Karath, who played Gretl in the film.
She tweeted: ““It is with infinite sadness that I share the tragic news that the precious & exquisite Charmian Carr, beautiful Liesl, has passed away. She has been like a sister throughout my life.”
Ted Chapin, president of the Rodgers and Hammerstein organisation, said: “It’s always sad when a member of the family passes away and in the case of the ‘family’ of the movie The Sound of Music, it’s especially sad when it is the first of the group to go.”
“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’.”
The Sound of Music lost a beloved member of the family w/ the passing of Charmian Carr. She will be forever missed. pic.twitter.com/ehqec4uWrr
— 20th Century Fox (@20thcenturyfox) September 18, 2016