‘Sound of Music’ star Julie Andrews reflects on recent reunion with von Trapp’s children: ‘We are family’

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Julie Andrews never said “so long, goodbye” to her “Sound of Music” family.

On Wednesday, the actress appeared on the “Today Show,” where she discussed her close bond with the other actors in the 1965 film.

Several of the actors who played the von Trapp children, including Nicholas Hammond (Friedrich), Duane Chase (Kurt), Angela Cartwright (Brigitta), Debbie Turner (Marta) and Kym Karath (Gretl) reunited earlier this month for the 86- AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards Ceremony.

“We keep in touch, but not really on a regular basis,” Andrews explained. “I mean, Christmases, maybe birthdays and definitely get-togethers, but we’ve bonded so much that I think we’re family anyway.”

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The recent reunion was bittersweet for the star. Christopher Plummer, who played Captain Georg von Trapp, his love interest in the film, died last year aged 91.

(L-R) Debbie Turner, Angela Cartwright, winner Julie Andrews, Nicholas Hammond, Kym Karath and Duane Chase attend the AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Julie Andrews at Dolby Theater on June 9, 2022 in Hollywood.
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(L-R) Debbie Turner, Angela Cartwright, winner Julie Andrews, Nicholas Hammond, Kym Karath and Duane Chase attend the AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Julie Andrews at Dolby Theater on June 9, 2022 in Hollywood.
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“We had been friends for years,” Andrews said, adding that she “adored” him immensely.

“It was truly the most beautifully crafted film,” she said. “I mean, the details of the movie, first of all, the scenery, the kids, the song, the music – all of that.”

The classic musical tells the story of the real von Trapp family, who escaped the Nazis in Austria. It went on to win the Best Picture Oscar. Andrews received an Oscar nomination for her role as Maria, a woman who is sent by her convent to 1930s Austria to become governess to a widowed naval officer’s seven children.

The meeting was not full. In addition to Plummer’s passing, Charmian Carr, who played Liesl, died aged 73 from a rare form of dementia in 2016. Her on-screen sister, Heather Menzies-Urich, who played Louisa, died aged 68. after being diagnosed with cancer in 2017.

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Actress Julie Andrews performs a musical number in the film "the sound of music," directed by Robert Wise, 1965.

Actress Julie Andrews performs a musical number in the film ‘The Sound Of Music’, directed by Robert Wise, 1965.
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In 2018, Cartwright spoke to Fox News Digital about what it was like working with Andrews on “The Sound of Music.”

“I loved him,” the 69-year-old said at the time. “We all did it. You can kind of tell it in the movie. We totally enjoyed her. She kissed us from the start. She sang to us in between takes and we were dancing. She just did” Mary Poppins” then she would sing all those songs from that movie. I mean, you can really tell we loved her. She’s got such a talent. She has such an amazing voice, and it was such a great experience.

She also noted that the cast shares a close bond today.

The actors playing members of the Von Trapp family in a promotional portrait for "the sound of music," directed by Robert Wise, 1965. Left to right: Nicholas Hammond as Friedrich, Kym Karath as Gretl, Angela Cartwright as Brigitta, Julie Andrews as Maria, Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp, Charmian Carr as Liesl, Heather Menzies as Louisa, Debbie Turner as Marta and Duane Chase as Kurt.

The actors playing the Von Trapp family members in a promotional portrait for ‘The Sound Of Music’, directed by Robert Wise, 1965. Left to right: Nicholas Hammond as Friedrich, Kym Karath as Gretl, Angela Cartwright as Brigitta, Julie Andrews as Maria, Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp, Charmian Carr as Liesl, Heather Menzies as Louisa, Debbie Turner as Marta, and Duane Chase as Kurt.
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“It’s fascinating because sometimes you make a movie, and you don’t really see each other or keep in touch anymore,” Cartwright explained. “But we all stayed in touch. We certainly got together for celebrations and reunions. Whenever we lose a cast member, we always feel like we lose a family member. We all know what happens in everyone’s life and we’ve continued to do so for over 50 years [since filming].”

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