Charmian Carr, American actress and singer, Died at 73

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Charmian Carr (birthname Charmian Anne Farnon) was born on December 27, 1942, in Chicago, Illinois, and died on September 17, 2016.

She was an American actress and singer.

She was best known for her role as Liesl, the eldest Von Trapp daughter in the film version of The Sound of Music.

She was the second child of vaudeville actress Rita Oehmen and musician Brian Farnon.

They divorced in 1957.

Charmian has two sisters, both actresses (Shannon Farnon and Darleen Carr).

Her family moved to Los Angeles when she was 10.

While a student at San Fernando High School, Carr was a cheerleader and played basketball and volleyball.

“Carr had never had a singing lesson and had never tried to act” before she was signed to be in The Sound of Music.

She appeared in Evening Primrose, a one-hour musical written by Stephen Sondheim, which aired on ABC Stage 67 in 1966

She worked with Van Johnson on a pilot for a television program, Take Her, She’s Mine.

Carr owned and operated an interior design firm, Charmian Carr Designs, in Encino, California.

Charmian Carr clients included Ernest Lehman, screenwriter for The Sound of Music; Michael Jackson, who hired her because he was a fan of the film; and other cast members from the film.

Carr wrote two books, Forever Liesl and Letters to Liesl.

Charmian Carr reunited with many of her co-stars from The Sound of Music on The Oprah Winfrey Show in October 2010 to celebrate the film’s 45th anniversary.

During 2014, Carr recorded “Edelweiss” with the great-grandchildren of the von Trapps on the album “Dream a Little Dream” by the Von Trapps and Pink Martini.

She married a dentist, Jay Brent, and left show business.

Charmian Carr and Jay had two daughters, Jennifer and Emily.

Then, later on she became the grandmother of two grandchildren: Emma and Derek.

She died in Los Angeles due to complications related to dementia.

Charmian Carr passed away at 73 years old.