Actress who played Louisa von Trapp dies aged 68

WASHINGTON (dpa)- The actress who played Louisa von Trapp in "The Sound of Music" has died just four weeks after being diagnosed with brain cancer.
Heather Menzies-Urich died Sunday aged 68, the estate of the musical's creators, Rodgers and Hammerstein, said on Monday.

"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," the statement said.
She was diagnosed with brain cancer late last month and died on Christmas Eve, news site TMZ quoted her son Ryan as saying.
"She was an actress, a ballerina and loved living her life to the fullest," he told TMZ.
Menzies-Urich was 15 when "The Sound of Music," which starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, was released in 1965. It went on to win 10 Oscars, including best picture.
She played the mischievous third Von Trapp child Louisa. She reinvented herself in the 1970s with a much sexier image, posing for a nude pictorial for the August 1973 issue of "Playboy," according to her biography at
Born December 9, 1949 in Toronto, she married actor Robert Urich in 1975. She acted with him on several occasions. Most of her roles beyond "The Sound of Music" were guest appearances on television shows.
Menzies-Urich was a cheerful and positive member of the group of seven children, the statement from Rodgers and Hammerstein said.
"We are all lucky to have known her, and she will happily live on in that beautiful movie. We will miss her," it concluded.

Monday, December 25th 2017

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