The 5 surviving former baby actors who performed the Von Trapp youngsters within the 1965 movie masterpiece The Sound of Music got here collectively to sing “Do Re Mi” to the legendary Julie Andrews, giving her the shock of a lifetime.
A type of enduring basic household films that has a particular place within the hearts of many Individuals is The Sound of Music. On the forty eighth AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute, the younger actors who performed the characters within the 1965 Academy Award-winning film got here collectively to pay tribute to Julie Andrews, a pal and co-star.
Because the tune Do-Re-Mi started to play, Andrews was stunned by Nicholas Hammond, who performed Friedrich within the musical, in addition to Duane Chase (Kurt), Angela Cartwright (Brigitta), Debbie Turner (Marta), and Kym Karath (Gretl). Within the film primarily based on actual occasions, Andrews performed Maria von Trapp, who started her profession as the youngsters’s governess.
The reunion, in response to Fox Information, was bittersweet. The actors who performed Liesl and Louisa von Trapp within the movie, Charmian Carr and Heather Menzies-Urich, handed away in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Capt. Georg von Trapp, performed by Christopher Plummer, handed away in 2021.
For her portrayal of Maria, a younger girl who is shipped by her convent to work as a governess for the seven youngsters of a widowed naval officer in Nineteen Thirties Austria, Andrews obtained an Academy Award nomination. Andrews obtained the AFI Life Achievement Award from Carol Burnett.
The comic declared that the respect was well-deserved. She has all the time given her all for us. And her “all” is superb. Many thanks, buddy.
Julie Andrews mirrored on the quite a few individuals who had an affect on her life after accepting the award.
This night introduced house to me how many individuals go into making a film, she stated. “What a large quantity of cooperation is required to make a film. When individuals referred to the movie trade or enterprise as “the enterprise,” my husband Blake didn’t prefer it. He insisted that films ought to all the time be known as artistic endeavors. And I’m conscious that the AFI feels precisely the identical manner.
In an interview with Fox Information Digital, Angela Cartwright, who performed Brigitta, mentioned what it was wish to work with Andrews on The Sound of Music.
The younger actress on the time admitted, “I cherished her. All of us did. Within the movie, you possibly can form of guess. We completely admired her. She welcomed us with open arms instantly. Between takes, she would sing to us, and we’d dance. She lately carried out “Mary Poppins,” which allowed her to sing the entire film’s songs. You may clearly see how a lot we cherished her. She is so proficient. It was a beautiful expertise, and she or he has such an exquisite voice.
Cartwright additionally talked about the continued closeness of the solid members.
Cartwright stated, “It’s fascinating as a result of typically you make a film and you actually don’t see one another anymore or keep in contact.” “Nonetheless, we’ve all stored in contact. We’ve undoubtedly gathered for occasions and reunions. Each time one of many solid members leaves, it’s like shedding a member of the household. We’ve all remained in contact over the previous 50+ years [since filming] and are conscious of one another’s lives.
The Story of the Trapp Household Singers, a e-book written by Maria von Trapp and revealed in 1949, served because the inspiration for each the Broadway musical and later the movie. The Sound of Music deviated from von Trapp’s life in numerous methods, as with all work that claims to be “primarily based on a real story.” As an illustration, Joan Gearin for the Nationwide Archives famous that the household was musical earlier than Maria arrived.
However as an alternative of scaling mountains, their harrowing escape from the Nazis concerned trains. The household supposed to go away Austria after Hitler’s regime took management as a result of they didn’t need to assist the Nazis’ goals. They arrived in America in 1938 and started touring the world till 1955.
Maria von Trapp by no means stopped engaged on musical and spiritual endeavors. In line with Smithsonian Journal, she solely obtained about $500,000 in royalties when the vastly profitable film about her life was launched. She nonetheless thought that the film would unfold hope and “nice good” by restoring individuals’s religion in God, which was one among her private priorities.