Forever Liesl: A Memoir of the Sound of Music

Charmian Carr, Author, Jean A. S. Strauss, With
Charmian Carr, Author, Jean A. S. Strauss, With Viking Books $23.95 (245p) ISBN 978-0-670-88908-2
Reviewed on: 01/31/2000
Release date: 02/01/2000
Hardcover - 488 pages - 978-0-7862-2558-3
Paperback - 256 pages - 978-0-14-029840-6
Paperback - 978-0-14-771560-9
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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.)
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