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Charmian Carr (1942 - 2016)

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Charmian Carr (1942 - 2016)

Charmian Carr, an actress known best for playing the eldest daughter in “The Sound of Music” movie, died Sept. 17, 2016, according to multiple news sources. She was 73.

Carr's spokesman Harlan Boll said she died of complications from a rare form of dementia in Los Angeles.

Carr was born Charmian Farnon in Chicago. She won the role of Liesl Von Trapp in the 1965 movie version of “The Sound of Music” over other well-known actresses including Patty Duke and Mia Farrow. The director of the film, Robert Wise, thought that her last name was too long. He gave her a list of shorter names and she chose Carr.


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Carr appeared in a musical written by Stephen Sondheim in 1966 that aired on ABC. The musical titled “Evening Primrose” was shown on the “ABC Stage 67” series and also starred Anthony Perkins.

After Carr retired from acting, she started a design company called Charmian Carr Design whose clients included Michael Jackson.

Carr wrote two books related to her experience playing Liesl. “Forever Liesl” chronicled her experience filming “Sound of Music,” and “Letters to Liesl” was based on a large amount of fan mail she received over the years.

She is survived by her two daughters and four grandchildren.

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