Charmian Carr 💔

She died yesterday from a rare form of dementia. Here are just a few things about the lady who captured our hearts as Liesl.
  1. She was born Charmian Anne Farnon in Chicago, Illinois on December 27, 1942, the second of three children born to composer Brian Farnon and vaudeville actress Rita Oehman.
    Her parents would divorce in 1957.
  2. When she was ten, her family moved to Los Angeles.
  3. While a student at San Fernando High School, she was a cheerleader and played both basketball and volleyball, but never acted in a school play.
  4. She was studying speech therapy at San Fernando Valley State College and working in a doctor's office when her mother arranged for her to audition for a part in The Sound of Music.
    In a newspaper article, though, she stated it was a friend she modeled with who sent Robert Wise her picture along with a note explaining that she could sing and dance.
  5. She chose the last name of Carr from a list of one syllable names because director Robert Wise thought Farnon was too long of a surname to be paired with Charmian.
  6. She beat out Geraldine Chaplin, Patty Duke, Mia Farrow, Lesley Ann Warren, and Sharon Tate for the role of Liesl.
  7. The first scene she shot for The Sound of Music was when Liesl tried to sneak in through Maria's bedroom window.
    She ended up missing her first two cues because she couldn't hear over the thunder sound effect used for the scene.
  8. She had a major crush on Christopher Plummer and counted singing "Edelweiss" with him as one of her favorite memories from shooting the movie.
  9. While shooting "Sixteen Going on Seventeen", one of the costumers forgot to put no-slip pads on the bottom of her shoes so she ended up sliding through one of the gazebo's glass panes.
    They gave her two shots and tried to conceal the bandage with makeup but it can still be seen in a few scenes.
  10. Her younger sister, Darlene Carr provided Kurt's high note during "So Long, Farewell" in The Sound of Music.
  11. She appeared in the one-hour television musical Evening Primrose with Anthony Perkins in 1966.
    The musical was written by Stephen Sondheim.
  12. Both of her sisters became actresses.
    Her older sister, Shannon Farnon is best known for being the first actress to provide the voice for Wonder Woman in a Hanna-Barbera production while her younger sister Darlene Carr is best known for her guest appearances on shows like Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Waltons, and The Paper Chase.
  13. She eventually retired from acting in order to care for her family.
    She married dentist Jay Bruce in 1967 and had two daughters, Jennifer and Emily, with him. (They divorced in 1991.)
  14. She owned and operated her own interior design firm, Charmian Carr Designs, in Encino, California.
    Included among her clients were The Sound of Music screenwriter Ernest Lehman and pop star, Michael Jackson, who hired her because he was a fan of the film.
  15. She worked on a television pilot with Van Johnson called "Take Her, She's Mine".
  16. She wrote two book called Forever Liesl and Letters to Liesl.
  17. She reunited with many of her The Sound of Music co-stars on an October 2010 episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the film.
  18. In 2014, she recorded a version of "Edelweiss" with the great-grandchildren of the von Trapp family for their album"Dream a Little Dream".