Charmian Carr, 73, has reportedly lost the battle to life after suffering demetia. The actress featured in the classic film titled”The Sound of Music”, and shot to fame after playing the role of Von Trapp’s eldest daughter.
Image: Charmian Carr
The late actress played the role of a lovestruck Liesl, who was Von Trapp’s the eldest daughter in the musical family. She famously performed the song ‘Sixteen Going On Seventeen’ in the Academy Award winning film.
She later left acting in order to raise her two daughters Emily and Jennifer.
Carr was said to have started a fashion business named Charmian Carr Design, and among her loyal clients was famous music icon Michael Jackson, who was also a devoted fan of Sound of Music.
Carr proved herself a respectatble writer as she co-wrote two books about her life experiences: Forever Liesl (written in 2000) and Letter to Liesl (written in 2001).
An official statement from Ms Carr’s spokesman Harlan Boll said: “She died of complications from a rare form of dementia in Los Angeles.”
A tribute from 20th Century Fox posted on Twitter reads: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Charmian Carr.
“To the generations of The Sound of Music fans around the world, she was Liesl. To us she was ‘Charmy,’ a beloved member of the Fox family for more than 50 years. A true talent as well as a kind, gentle person she’ll be greatly missed but forever remain in our hearts.”
Left to mourn her are her two daughters; two sisters and two brothers; four grandchildren and a niece.
In the classic movie featuring Charmian Carr and fellow stars: Julie Andrew, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker and others, a woman left an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.