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The hills were alive again with the music of the von Trapp children.
On Thursday, Julie Andrews received the AFI Life Achievement Award at a Tribute Gala in Los Angeles. To mark the special occasion, the former child stars who played the von Trapp children in the 1965 musical “The Sound of Music” came together to celebrate the star’s long career.
Nicholas Hammond (Friedrich), Duane Chase (Kurt), Angela Cartwright (Brigitta), Debbie Turner (Marta) and Kym Karath (Gretl) walked the red carpet at the Dolby Theater and even led a chant of “Do Re Mi” for the delight of the public. Before the night was over, the entire cast got together and happily posed for photos.
The reunion was bittersweet. Charmian Carr and Heather Menzies-Urich, who played Liesl and Louisa von Trapp in the film, died in 2016 and 2017. Christopher Plummer, who played Captain Georg von Trapp, died last year.
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Andrews, 86, received an Oscar nomination for her role as Maria, a young woman sent by her convent in 1930s Austria to become governess to a widowed naval officer’s seven children.
Carol Burnett presented Andrews with the AFI Life Achievement Award.
“This award is so well deserved,” said the 89-year-old actress. “She has consistently given us everything. And her ‘everything’ is impressive. Congratulations, mate.”
In accepting this honor, Andrews remembered the many people who impacted her life.
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“Tonight reminds me with great clarity how many people are involved in making movies,” she said. “What a huge collaborative effort it takes to bring cinema to the screen. My husband Blake never liked people calling cinema a business or an industry. He insisted that cinema was a art form and should always be called that. And I know that’s exactly how the AFI feels.”
The star-studded evening included tributes and speeches from Steve Carell, Gwen Stefani, Héctor Elizondo and Jane Seymour; plus recorded messages from Dick Van Dyke, Anne Hathaway, Ariana DeBose, Hugh Jackman, Kristin Chenoweth, Kelly Clarkson, Nicola Coughlan and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
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’ so she could 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. .
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She also noted that the cast shares a close bond today.
“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].”
The tribute will be broadcast on June 16 at 10:00 p.m. on TNT.
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