Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Agathe von Trapp ‘Liesl’ dead at 97

One of the seven von Trapp children who inspired the film The Sound Of Music has died, aged 97.

Agathe von Trapp died yesterday at a hospice in Baltimore after suffering heart failure last month.

Ms Von Trapp was the oldest daughter of Austrian naval officer Georg Ritter von Trapp.

His seven children by his first wife were the basis for the singing family in the 1965 film in which Julie Andrews starred.

Her widowed father had three more children with his second wife, Maria Augusta Kutschera.

They performed together as the Trapp Family Singers.

Agathe Von Trapp, a guitarist, was represented in the film by 16-going-on-17 Liesl, played by Charmian Carr. Although she admired the Oscar-winning film, Agathe felt it misrepresented her father as too strict and not as the loving, caring parent he was.

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