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Forever Liesl : a memoir of The sound of music
Carr, Charmian, 1942-2016.
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New York : Viking, 2000.
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x, 245 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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The Sound of Music is more than a classic movie. It is a cultural phenomenon. Seen by over one billion people, it won five Academy Awards, ran for almost five years in its initial release, was named the most popular film of all time by the People's Choice Awards, and became the longest running video bestseller in history. Now, one of the film's cast tells what it was like to be part of all that. Brimming with heartwarming anecdotes and funny moments, Forever Liesl celebrates the spirit of the movie and what it stands for: family love, romance, inspiration, courage, and the joy and power of music.

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Charmian Carr was born Charmian Anne Farnon in Chicago, Illinois on December 27, 1942. She was an actress who appeared as Liesl von Trapp in The Sound of Music and in the 1966 Stephen Sondheim television musical Evening Primrose. She stopped acting to raise her children and later ran her own design business. She wrote two books during her lifetime entitled Forever Liesl and Letters to Liesl. She died from complications of a rare form of dementia on September 17, 2016 at the age of 73.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Published to coincide with the 35th anniversary of The Sound of Music, this memoir by the actress who portrayed Liesl von Trapp offers a detailed account of the creation of the classic, which won five Academy Awards. Carr was 21 at the time she was chosen to play the 16-year-old daughter of Baron von Trapp (Christopher Plummer), a wealthy widow who falls in love with a nun-cum-governess (Julie Andrews). Diehard fans of the tuneful romance may savor these somewhat dated anecdotes, such as the one about the day five-year-old Kym (who played Gretl von Trapp) nearly drowned during a shoot on an Austrian lake or how the famous opening shot of Andrews twirling in a meadow was captured by a camera man strapped to a helicopter. However, those who share Plummer's reputed opinion that the film lacks depth (he referred to the song "Edelweiss" as "boring, schmaltzy and trite") will find wading through this archival minutia tough slogging. One of the more interesting facts imparted in this otherwise syrupy account is the anger Carr and other cast members felt toward the studio, which took advantage of them by convincing them to do free promotion and to sign releases that prevented them from receiving any money generated by sales of the highly profitable sound track. B&w photos. Agent, Lynn Franklin; 10-city author tour. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

It's difficult to believe that even the upcoming 35th anniversary of The Sound of Music could justify this memoir by the girl who played Liesl Von Trapp. The title is apt: although Carr gave up acting to marry a dentist not long after her debut, she doesn't seem to have gotten very far beyond this period of her life. She spends a lot of the book drawing parallels between the film and "life itself," telling her own story alongside the stories of others--she lets us know what happened to her former castmates (curiously, Julie Andrews is absent from her acknowledgments) and reprints testimonials from Sound of Music fans about how important this film was to their lives. A perhaps too-detailed look inside the making of The Sound of Music (there is a whole chapter on why Carr only likes dark chocolate), this is a fairly breathy puff piece. A marginal purchase.--Rosellen Brewer, Monterey Bay Area Cooperative Lib. Syst., Pacific Grove, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prologuep. 1
Mariap. 5
Somewhere He Opens a Windowp. 11
Blue Eyesp. 19
Let's Start at the Very Beginningp. 27
Dark Chocolatep. 39
Sharonp. 47
The Bristol Hotel and Other Adventuresp. 55
The Hills Are Alivep. 71
The Gazebop. 87
Darleenp. 99
The Premierep. 107
The Ambassadorp. 117
The Sound of Fathersp. 129
Marriage and Familyp. 137
Interior by Designp. 147
My Favorite Thingsp. 157
Celluloid Siblingsp. 165
Rolfp. 177
Nickyp. 185
Juliep. 193
The Final Curtainp. 201
Bob and Saulp. 211
The Trapp Family Singersp. 221
Edelweissp. 231
Epiloguep. 239
Acknowledgmentsp. 243