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Sound of Music


I am honored to have played a part in telling the von Trapp family's story on screen, and I cherish my memories of those days when we were working on the movie in Salzburg and Los Angeles.
Filming in Salzburg, Austria, was like being in a fairy tale. To me, this spectacular locale was one of the "stars" of the film, adding depth and beauty to the story we were telling. Here, in downtown Salzburg, Julie and I rehearse one of the three scenes ultimately cut from the final film. "Liesl" bumps into "Rolf" in the city and introduces him to her new governess, "Fraulein Maria".
Over the years, many of us who got to know each other while making the movie have stayed in touch. I consider the six other actors who portrayed the von Trapp children to be my second family. Here we are in Los Angeles in 1964. From left to right:
  • Duane (Kurt)
  • Debbie (Marta)
  • me
  • Angela (Brigitta)
  • Nicky (Friedrich) with his arm around Kym (Gretl)
  • Heather (Louisa).
Though it isn't often our busy schedules allow us to get together these days, it's always tremendous fun when we can. This is one of our more recent reunions in Los Angeles.

back row

  • Heather
  • me
  • Duane

front row

  • Kym
  • director Bob Wise
  • Angela and Debbie
Nicholas Hammond, who played my little brother Friedrich on screen, is like a real brother to me. Although Nicky moved to Australia over a decade ago, we still see each other whenever we get a chance. Here we are in Australia in the spring of 1998. We were able to get together just this past month when he was in Los Angeles on business.




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