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Charmian Carr- Liesl von Trapp in The Racket of Music- dies, aged 73

The actor, who performed Sixteen Exiting on Seventeen in the 1965 movie, said parties should consider singing the musicals anthems like going to a therapist

Charmian Carr, who played Liesl von Trapp in The Clang of Music, has died at the age of 73.

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

Carr was better known for her role in the Rodgers and Hammersteins 1965 movie, in which she performed the carol Sixteen Proceeding On Seventeen. She was a college student when she auditioned for the film, which too starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.

The actor fully hugged gatherings admiration for the musical, routinely seeming at devotee episodes celebrating the movie, including sing-a-long executions at the Hollywood Bowl.

I tell people that they should consider sing-a-long Sound Of Music like going to a therapist, she told Associated Press before a 2005 impression. Its only a kind of therapy. They can move around. They can dance and talk back to the screen. They can skip their appointment with the wince that week.

Carr subsequently wrote a pair of books about her know-hows, Forever Liesl and Letters To Liesl. She went on to star with Anthony Perkins in Evening Primrose, the Stephen Sondheim television musical.

Kym Karath, who played Gretl, the youngest of the Von Trapp children, wrote on Twitter: It is with infinite sadness that I share the appalling report that the precious& elegant Charmian Carr, beautiful Liesl, has passed away.

Ted Chapin, president of the Rodgers and Hammerstein organisation, said in a statement: Its always sad when the states members of the family elapses away and in the case of the family of the movie The Voice of Music, its especially sad when it is the first of the group to go.

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Charmian Carr photographed in 2000. She had a successful job as an interior designer but espoused her famed character by appearing in sing-a-long Sound of Music happenings. Picture: Karen Robinson for the Observer

Charmian Carr played the oldest von Trapp child, and in some ways she maintained that capacity in real life guide, applauding, supporting and generally being there for the rest of her sisters and brothers.

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

When she withdrew from behaving, she set up an interior design business in south California. Her clients included Michael Jackson and Sound of Music screenwriter Ernest Lehman.

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The performers who played the Von Trapp children in the The Sound of Music in Salzburg on November 2000. Left to right: Kym Gareth( Gretl ), Charmian Carr( Liesl ), Heather Menzies( Louisa ), Nicholas Hammond( Friedrich ), Duane Chase( Kurt ), Debbie Thurner( Martha) and Angela Cartwright( Brigitta ). Photograph: STAFF/ Reuters

2oth Century Fox paid tribute to Carr on Twitter, letter: The Sound of Music lost a beloved member of their own families w/ the overtake of Charmian Carr. She will be forever missed.

Seth MacFarlane, the actor and chairman, wrote: So very saddened to hear of the deaths among Charmian Carr. She leaves behind one of the most memorable accomplishments in movie history.

Carr is lived by her four siblings, her two children and four grandchildren. She is also survived by the six other actors who became part of cinematic history once they are cast as the von Trapp children.

Read more: www.theguardian.com

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