Charmian Carr,the actress who portrayed the role of “Liesl” in the popular 1965 motion picture version of “The Sound of Music” Charmian Carr has passed away at the age of 73. 20th Century FOX released a statement on Monday sharing the news.
“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.” -20th Century Fox
Carr was attending San Fernando Valley State College, studying speech therapy and philosophy and working for a doctor, when her mother arranged for her to audition for a role in The Sound of Music. her mother hadn’t asked Charmian if she wanted to audition for the part, but Charmian was sure her mother would consider getting a part in a film more important than earning a college diploma.
Director Robert Wise thought Farnon (her real last name) was too long paired with Charmian. After he had given her a list of single syllable stage names, she chose Carr. She won the role of Liesl over Geraldine Chaplin, Patty Duke, among many other rumored stars at the time. The film was a very happy experience for her. However, during the filming of her dance scene with Rolf in the gazebo, the costumers had forgotten to put no-slip pads on her shoes, she slid through a window of the gazebo, and she “had to complete the scene in agony”.
After “The Sound of Music,” Carr’s only other major Hollywood role was starring with Anthony Perkins in the Stephen Sondheim television musical “Evening Primrose.” She played a mysterious young woman who lived in a department store.
Carr is survived by her four siblings, her two children and four grandchildren. She is also survived by the six other actors who played the roles of the von Trapp children in the beloved classic starring Julie Andrews.