Charmian Carr, best known as the character Leisl in the 1965 movie The Sound of Music, has died at the age of 73.
Carr was suffering from a rare form of dementia. She was living in Los Angeles and after leaving the film industry had been working as an interior designer.
Charmian was at school at San Fernando Valley State College when a friend at school sent her photo in for consideration for a role in The Sound of Music. Carr was chosen for the role of Leisl over Patty Duke, Shanon Tate and Mia Farrow.
After The Sound of Music, Carr appeared in the musical ‘Evening Primrose’ alongside Anthony Perkins. She then left show business completely.
Charmian set up her interior design firm in Encino, California. Michael Jackson hired her services because he was a fan of The Sound of Music.
Carr also wrote two books about her career, ‘Forever Leisl’ and ‘Letters To Leisl’. Her last recording was a remake of ‘Edelweiss’ from The Sound of Music with the great-grandchildren of the Von Trapp’s and Pink Martini in 2014.
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