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

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

Charmian Carr, who played Liesl von Trapp in The Seem 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 persona in the Rodgers and Hammersteins 1965 movie, in which she played the chant Sixteen Going On Seventeen. She was a college student when she auditioned for the film, which too starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.

The actor amply embraced gatherings adoration for the musical, frequently appearing at devotee affairs commemorating the film, including sing-a-long conducts 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 look. Its just a kind of regiman. They can move around. They can dance and talk back to the screen. They can skip their appointment with the cringe that week.

Carr afterwards wrote a pair of journals about her knowledge, Forever Liesl and Letters To Liesl. She went on to star with Anthony Perkins in Evening Primrose, the Stephen Sondheim video musical.

Kym Karath, who played Gretl, a very young of the Von Trapp children, wrote on Twitter: It is with infinite sadness that I share the heartbreaking word that the precious& delicate Charmian Carr, beautiful Liesl, has passed away.

Ted Chapin, president of the Rodgers and Hammerstein organisation, said in a statement: Its always lamentable when a member of the family transfers away and in the case of the family of the movie The Audio of Music, its specially sad when it is the first of the group to go.

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Charmian Carr photographed in 2000. She had a successful vocation as an interior designer but embraced her far-famed character by appearing in sing-a-long Sound of Music episodes. 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 steer, encouraging, supportive 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 chairman. Her kinfolk moved to the San Fernando Valley when she was a child.

When she receded from acting, she set up an interior design business in southern 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, create: The Sound of Music lost a beloved member of their own families w/ the come of Charmian Carr. She will be forever missed.

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

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

Read more: www.theguardian.com

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