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Charmian Carr from ‘The Sound of Music’ Dies at 73

Carr is Known for Classic Song "Sixteen Going on Seventeen"

Actress Charmian Carr, who played oldest daughter Liesl in Oscar winning 1965 theatrical “The Sound of Music,” has died after complications from a rare form of dementia. She was 73.

Born on Dec. 27, 1942 in Chicago, Carr was attending San Fernando Valley State College, studying speech therapy and philosophy, and working for a doctor, when her mother arranged for her to audition for a role in “The Sound of Music.” After “The Sound of Music,” Carr’s only other major Hollywood role was starring with Anthony Perkins in the Stephen Sondheim television musical “Evening Primrose” in 1966. She played a mysterious young woman who lived in a department store.

The actress later went on to write a pair of books about “The Sound of Music”: “Forever Liesl and Letters to Liesl.”

Carr exited acting to become an interior designer in Southern California, where her clients included Michael Jackson and “Sound of Music” screenwriter Ernest Lehman. She is survived by several brothers and sisters, two children, a niece, and four grandchildren.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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