Forever Liesl: A Memoir of The Sound of Music

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The actress who played Liesl von Trapp in The Sound of Music discusses life on the set of this beloved film, her relationships with her film siblings, and her life since the making of the movie. Original.

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Charmian Carr played eldest von Trapp daughter Liesl in the mega-successful film version of The Sound of Music, and judging from her earnest memoir, the story's sentimental wholesomeness rubbed off on her permanently. It's a "great movie," she avers, acknowledging that the critics thought otherwise; she was "honored" to be part of it, and her onscreen siblings became her lifelong friends. Carr's reasonably interesting chronicle of shooting the film is interspersed with personal narratives by people who love it: a nine-year-old boy who found comforting parallels between the distant but ultimately loving Captain von Trapp and his own recently deceased father; a girl who got the video for Christmas just after her brother had surgery; and so on. The author tempers all that sweetness and light with frank accounts of her parents' divorce, her mother's alcoholism, and later conflicts with the studio over financial remuneration for promoting the movie. Adult costars Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews come across as consummate professionals less enthralled by the experience than their youthful supporting cast. But in general the book is determinedly upbeat and definitely not for the cynical. Those who share Carr's rapturous regard for The Sound of Music and even those who don't but are willing to be touched by sincere emotion will enjoy her stroll down memory lane. --Wendy Smith

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"The Sound of Music" was voted by People's Choice Awards as one of the three most popular films of the Twentieth Century. For over three decades it has enchanted untold millions worldwide. Here, finally, is the story of how this film changed the lives of those who made it, and those who fell in love with it. "Letters to Liesl" is sure to become a 'favorite thing' for any lover of the film.

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