‘Sound of Music’ actress dies


An actress who played one of the seven, singing von Trapp children in the timeless 1965 film, “The Sound of Music,” has died.

Heather Menzies-Urich played Louisa von Trapp, the third-oldest of the von Trapp children in the film adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.

Menzies-Urich’s son, actor Ryan Urich, said his mother had recently been diagnosed with brain cancer and died late Sunday in Frankford, Ontario at the age of 68, Variety reported.

“She was an actress, a ballerina and loved living her life to the fullest,” Urich said.

Ted Chapin, the president and chief creative officer of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization, said in a statement: “Heather was part of ‘the family.’ There is really no other way to describe the members of the cast of the movie of ‘The Sound of Music.’”

“The Sound of Music” garnered five Academy Awards, including best picture.

In addition to her role in “The Sound of Music,” Menzies-Urich’s film credits include “Hawaii” and “Piranha.” She also appeared on television, playing a fugitive in “Logan’s Run,” and had guest roles on “Dragnet,” ″Bonanza,” ″Marcus Welby, M.D.” and other series.

Menzies-Urich was a native of Toronto and is survived by three children, several grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Following the death of her husband, actor Robert Urich, in 2002, Menzies-Urich established the Robert Urich Foundation to raise funds for cancer research.

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