Heather Menzies-Urich

1949 - 2017


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actress Heather Menzies-Urich, who played one of the singing von Trapp children in the hit 1965 film, "The Sound of Music," has died. She was 68.

Her son, actor Ryan Urich, told Variety that his mother died late Sunday in Frankford, Ontario. She recently had been diagnosed with brain cancer.

"She was an actress, a ballerina and loved living her life to the fullest," Urich said.

Menzies-Urich played Louisa von Trapp, the third-oldest of the seven von Trapp children, in the film adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.

"The Sound of Music" captured five Academy Awards, including best picture.

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"Heather was part of 'the family.' There is really no other way to describe the members of the cast of the movie of 'The Sound of Music,'" Ted Chapin, president and chief creative officer of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization, said in a statement.

A Toronto native, Menzies-Urich's other film credits include "Hawaii" and "Piranha." On television, she appeared as a fugitive in "Logan's Run" and had guest spots on "Dragnet," ''Bonanza," ''Marcus Welby, M.D." and other series.

Variety reports that Menzies-Urich is survived by two other children, several grandchildren and a great grandchild.

Her husband, actor Robert Urich, died in 2002. After his death, Menzies-Urich established the Robert Urich Foundation to raise funds for cancer research.

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Love to both of these 2 wonderful loves of my childhood. God bless them both. My heart is forever asking the Lord to smile on them both for the love they both brought me

Every von Trapp child that leaves us feels like a loss in our own families, like we lost our own sibling. We will all miss "Louisa" or rather, Heather Menzies. She brought so much joy to our lives. My deepest condolences to her family, both in fact and von Trapp.

Deeply saddened by the loss of Heather.

I remember Heather from "Logan's Run" and I thought she was a Goddess with a kind heart and a beaming smile.

Never forget you.........

Sleep well in "Sanctuary."

God bless you.

Heather will always be our Louisa. Condolences to the Menzies-Urich families. She is now with her beloved husband and her older "sister" Charmian (Liesl). She was a beautiful person and we will always miss her........BB Anch AK

I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family for their loss of a talented woman, who will be remembered for her role in the Sound of Music. I hope you find comfort and help in God during this time of sorrow.

Dear Family of Heather Menzies-Urich: "When my life is through, and the angels ask me to recall, the Belle of them all. Then, I will tell them I remember You!"

DEAR CHILDREN OF HEATHER: "You are my Special Angel, sent from up above. The Lord, smiled down on me, and sent, an Angel to love!"

She literally helped me put my life back together after my mother passed away I still cannot believe she is gone. Besides being a great mother and actress, she was an angel to all her friends. Never pretentious and always real and down to earth and not afraid to say what she thought. I will miss her every day for the rest of my life Heather. I know how much she missed Robert and now they can be together again. RIP sweet angel.