“The Sound of Music” Louisa von Trapp in the classic 1965 star Heather Menzies-Urich has died of brain cancer at the age of 68.
She was diagnosed with brain cancer a month ago and died on Christmas Eve surrounded by her family, her son Ryan confirmed.
Canadian-American model and actress, known for her roles as Louisa von Trapp in the 1965 film The Sound of Music’ and Jessica death was announced by the estate of the musical’s creators, Rodgers and Hammerstein.
The actress was a teen when she played Louisa, who famously tried to trick Julie Andrews’ character into believing she was another sibling, Brigitta.
Rodgers & Hammerstein president Ted Chapin told US news site TMZ: “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’.
“And of ‘the kids’, Heather was a cheerful and positive member of the group, always hoping for the next gathering. We are all lucky to have known her, and she will happily live on in that beautiful movie. We will miss her.”
After The Sound of Music, she appeared in many television films and programmes, including the TV series of Logan’s Run – and even appeared nude in Playboy.
The film went on to win five Oscars, including best picture, and became a perennial favourite on Christmas day television schedules.
The songs Menzies-Urich performed in the film include So Long Farewell and the Lonely Goatherd.
In 1975 she married actor Robert Urich and the couple had three children. He died in 2002.
Carr famously performed the song “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” in the Academy Award-winning film The Sound of Music. She wrote two books about her experiences, titled Forever Liesl and Letters to Liesl.
Her spokesman, Harlan Boll, said Carr died of complications from a rare form of dementia in Los Angeles.