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The Sound Of Music star Charmian Carr dies at the age of 73

Published 18/09/2016

Charmian Carr played Liesl von Trapp
Charmian Carr played Liesl von Trapp

The Sound Of Music star Charmian Carr has died at the age of 73.

The actress's spokesman said she died on Saturday in Los Angeles, of complications from a rare form of dementia.

Carr was best known for portraying Liesl von Trapp in Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1965 film, in which she performed the song Sixteen Going On Seventeen.

She was a college student when she auditioned for the film, which also starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.

Carr later wrote a pair of books about her experiences, Forever Liesl and Letters To Liesl.

The actress went on to star with Anthony Perkins in the Stephen Sondheim television musical Evening Primrose.

Kym Karath, who played Gretl, the youngest of the von Trapp children, wrote on Twitter: " It is with infinite sadness that I share the tragic news that the precious & exquisite Charmian Carr, beautiful Liesl, has passed away."

Twentieth Century Fox paid tribute to Carr on Twitter, writing: "The Sound of Music lost a beloved member of the family w/ the passing of Charmian Carr. She will be forever missed."

Actor and director Seth MacFarlane wrote: "So very saddened to hear of the death of Charmian Carr. She leaves behind one of the most memorable performances in movie history."

Carr fully embraced audiences' reverence for the musical, frequently appearing at sing-along performances at the Hollywood Bowl.

"I tell people that they should consider sing-along Sound Of Music like going to a therapist," she told the Associated Press before a 2005 appearance.

"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."

Carr went on to become an interior designer in southern California. Her clients included Michael Jackson and Sound Of Music screenwriter Ernest Lehman.

She was born in Chicago in 1942. Her mother was a vaudeville actress, and her father was a musician and orchestra leader. Her family moved to the San Fernando Valley when she was a child.

Carr is survived by her four siblings, her two children and four grandchildren.

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