Charmian Carr's Best Moment: Rest in Peace
Julie Andrews might have been the icon and cheery governess come to stay and watch over the Von Trapp children, but Charmain Carr's role as rebellious and boy-smitten Liesl was the true treasure for girls watching The Sound of Music.
The actress and interior designer passed away over the weekend on September 17th at the age of 73. News of her death was posted to her official website, where the site's manager wrote about the loss of an icon: "Me and my family are so sad to have to post this message and will miss her dearly...She was such a nice, cheerful person. We always LOVED, The Sound of Music, and still do." The actress's representative revealed that she had battled with a rare form of a disease and died in Los Angeles from complications related to dementia.
Carr was a 21-year-old student with no acting or signing experience when she found fame playing the strong-headed 16 year old Liesl and eldest of the Von Trapp children in one of the most beloved musicals of all time. In one of the most memorable scenes from the movie, Carr danced around a gazebo during a rainstorm as she serenaded her secret paramour in the iconic number “Sixteen Going On Seventeen.” Watching you the lovely young Carr twirl in and around the pavilion with her light pink flowy dress was representative of what first love would feel like to young fans of the classic and to this day remains one of the movies most beloved and recognizable scenes of all time.
While avid fans of Carr's will know the actress went on to star in only one other acting role (in the television musical Evening Primrose), Carr has said that she had a deep tie to the character that made her famous. So much so that she went on to publish two books entitled Forever Liesl and Letters To Liesl, and went on to talk about the character and the influence the film and its fans had on her on various talk show appearances. Carr will be missed by her millions of fan of whom she attracted in her role in the Sound of Music, but her legacy continues through the iconic film. Here's the loveliest moment Carr left behind for fans to remember her by.