Charmian Carr, the actress and singer who portrayed eldest Von Trapp daughter Liesl in The Sound of Music, has died in California. She was 73.
Carr sang the classic I Am Sixteen Going on Seventeen in The Sound of Music but was actually 21 at the time of filming.
She also appeared opposite Anthony Perkins in the Stephen Sondheim TV musical Evening Primrose but subsequently quit acting.
Carr later established her own company, Charmian Carr Design, and wrote two books, Forever Liesl and Letters to Liesl. She was also a host and guest at many Sound of Music-themed events over the years.
Paying tribute, Kym Karath, who played youngest daughter Gretl in The Sound of Music, described her friend and co-star as “precious” and “exquisite”.
Film studio 20th Century Fox, which produced and distributed the big screen version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, said: “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.”
Carr is survived by her two daughters; two sisters and two brothers; four grandchildren and her niece.