Wow can you believe that it has been 53 years since the release of the classic movie that touched everyone’s hearts, and vocal chords. The hills are definitely still alive. Let’s take a look at what Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and other members of the Von Trapp family look like since its release in 1965.
Eleanor Parker as The Baroness
The Baroness was the character that everyone loved to hate. She was fabulous, and her gowns were divine, but we could not wait until she was out of there and Maria won over the Captain’s heart.
Eleanor Parker Now
Eleanor Parker continued to act after The Sound of Music in movies including Caged, Detective Story, and The Man with the Golden Arm. She appeared on many television shows, including Fantasy Island, Hawaii 5-0, Bracken’s World and The Love Boat. She died in 2013 at the age of 91.
Richard Haydn as Max
Richard Haydn was the lovable Uncle Max, who played match maker for Maria and the Captain. He was a great addition to the family, and particularly the scene where the children do the puppet show ‘high on a hill was a lonely goat’. That scene is a great one.
Richard Haydn Now
Richard Haydn spent a long career as a character actor and also spent some time in the 1940’s directing his own movies (like Mr. Music with Bing Crosby). He starred in a scary episode of The Twilight Zone and played Herr Falkstein in Young Frankenstein. He also voiced the caterpillar in the original 1951 animated movie Alice in Wonderland. He died in 1985 at the age of 80.
Heather Menzies-Urich as Louisa Von Trapp
Louisa was one of the eldest Von Trapp family singers, and was memorably cold to Maria when she first arrived. She was one of the main culprits for playing pranks on Maria and getting her into trouble with the Captain.
Heather Menzies-Urich Now
Heather continued to act after The Sound of Music until her last film in 1990. She appeared in many TV shows such as Dragnet 1967, Vega$, The Love Boat, and as Jessica on Logan’s Run. She is an ovarian cancer survivor and now devotes her time working for the Urich Fund for Sarcoma Research at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Charmian Carr as Liesl Von Trapp
Liesl was the eldest of the Von Trapp children, and was a hopeless romantic. The famous scene where she sings ‘I A 16 going on 17’ will always go down as one of the greatest musical scenes in history. Little girls looked up to her as she was so beautiful.
Charmian Carr Now
After The Sound of Music, Charmain Carr went on to star in only one more movie — a 1966 TV movie called Evening Primrose. She later went on to publish a book called Forever Liesl. She fulfilled her love for design, by becoming an interior designer. Sadly she passed away in September of 2016, with fans worldwide mourning the loss of Leisl.
Nicholas Hammond as Friedrich Von Trapp
Friedrich was the handsome eldest son of the Von Trapp family, causing mischief with Louisa and Brigitta. When Maria first arrives, he lies to her about all of their names. Yet soon, just like the rest of them, he could not help but be won over by her warm and kind nature.
Nicholas Hammond Now
Nicholas Hammond’s Hollywood career continues to this day. He’s appeared in Gunsmoke, Hawaii Five-O, Falcon Crest, Dallas and as Peter Parker in 1979’s The Amazing Spider-Man. He also guest starred in “Dallas” and “Murder She Wrote”. He currently lives in Australia. He will always be Friedrich to us.
Angela Cartwright as Brigitta Von Trapp
Brigitta was definitely mischievous, but adorable. Maria definitely saw something in her from the beginning and warmed her up on their outing to the hills. She fell in love with singing straight away.
Angela Cartwright Now
Angela Cartwright went on to star in the TV shows Make Room For Daddy, Make Room For Grandaddy, and as Penny Robinson in the 1965 cult classic Lost In Space. She now focuses mostly on photography and design.
Duane Chase as Kurt Von Trapp
Kurt was the adorable youngest son of the family, and immediately warmed to Fräulein Maria. He was extremely lovable and innocent, and closet to Gretl.
Duane Chase Now
Duane Chase didn’t pursue acting after The Sound of Music. He joined the US forest service, and later got a degree in Geology- a fascination since his visit to Austria for the movie. He currently lives in Seattle, Washington and is a computer software analyst and designer.
Debbie Turner as Marta Von Trapp
Marta was slightly cheeky, but wanted to like Maria from the beginning. When the ex nun takes the children on their first outing, dressed to impress in curtains, she begins the scene singing, and throwing a tomato to Marta, who famously drops it. This is a turning point, as it is the start of the children warming to Maria.
Debbie Turner as Marta Now
Debbie Turner chose not to pursue acting after The Sound of Music and focused her passion on floral design. She now runs a floral shop in Minnesota. Her company Debbie Turner Originals has been recognized by several publications.
Kym Karath as Gretl Von Trapp
Gretl was the youngest of the Von Trapp clan and the cutest. She famously sung at the top of the stairs when it was the captain’s party singing ‘the sun has gone to bed and so must I”. This then became the song that the Von Trapp family singers sung, on the night of their escape from Austria to a new life in Switzerland. Gretl will always be remembered with her famous hairstyle.
Kym Karath Now
Kim appeared in many television shows over the years, including Lassie, The Brady Bunch, Archie’s Bunker’s Place, All My Children, and alongside Angela Cartwright in Lost In Space. Her career flourished and she still remains in the spotlight to this day.
Daniel Truhitte as Rolf
Rolf was the handsome messenger boy who falls in love with the beautiful Lesil. Their famous scene in the garden conservatory is a memorable one. However the likable character, joins the Nazis and therefore is an unsuitable match for the heart broken 16 year old woman. He turns the family in over to the Nazis which prompts their decision to flee in the night.
Daniel Truhitte Now
After The Sound Of Music, Daniel went into the Marine Corps. “On quitting the Marines, I toured with dance legend Juliet Prowse, and in 1977 I played Gene Kelly in the MGM Grand’s Las Vegas production of Hallelujah Hollywood.” Fun fact: he married Leisl’s stand in from the film, and they have been married ever since. He has been teaching voice for several decades. “I’m 70 now, but I can still dance and my voice is stronger than ever. I’ve heard thousands of stories of how the film has had an effect on people’s lives”. He recently stated in an interview.
Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp
Christopher played the strict father in the movie. His gorgeous looks made female viewers swoon for him, and as he warmed up throughout the movie by Maria, we couldn’t help but fall in love with him.
Christopher Plummer Now
Canadian-born Plummer has appeared in over 200 films during his career. Notable titles include: A Beautiful Mind, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Beginners, The Last Station, and Cleopatra. He also has been nominated for a Tony Award for Othello, J.B. and No Man’s Land. We still love you.
Julie Andrews as Maria
Julie Andrews will always be known for her role as the beautiful, kind and sweet nun Maria who is set away from the abbey to look after the Von Trapp family. Her songs will forever remain as some of the most iconic melodies. She wins over the cold hearted father, and cheeky children and they fall in love with her, just as the audience did and continues to do to this day.
Julie Andrews Now
Julie Andrews is one of the most adored and respected Hollywood actresses. Before The Sound of Music, Andrews started out on Broadway before nailing the role of Mary Poppins. After she went on to star in films like That’s Life, The Princess Diaries and as Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Did you know? She’s also the voice of the queen in the Shrek movies. She won the award for Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2010.
Sound Of Music Reunion
The cast of The Sound of Music had a heartwarming reunion, at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, where they celebrated the 50th anniversary of the 1965 musical movie, arguably America’s favorite family film. Andrews talked to E! News stating that the reunion brought back fond memories. “It reminds me those wonderful things have happened throughout my life and this is a bonus because none of us expected it,” Andrews said.