Julie Andrews and Her Costars Who Portrayed the Von Trapp Family Had a Sound of Music Reunion
You know what we love even more than raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens? A Von Trapp family reunion! Julie Andrews reunited with her on-screen family from the Sound of Music because, as Andrews said, they're family.
On June 9, Andrews, who is now 86, was awarded an AFI Life Achievement Award for her incredible contributions to film. During the ceremony, there were tributes from her Mary Poppins co-star Dick Van Dyke and from Anne Hathaway who played her granddaughter in the Princess Diaries.
The most memorable moment from the ceremony, though, was when the now-grown child actor co-stars from The Sound of Music started a "Do Re Mi" sing-along from the stage. When Nicholas Hammond (Friedrich), Duane Chase (Kurt), Angela Cartwright (Brigitta), Debbie Turner (Marta) and Kym Karath (Gretl) started singing "Do a deer a female deer, Re a drop of golden sun", the audience, including Andrews herself, couldn't help but sing with them.
On Wednesday, Andrews stopped by the Today show and shared what it was like to see her on-screen family again. Turns out that they do have family get-togethers, just without the cameras rolling. "We do keep in touch, but not on a really regular basis," Andrews explained on Today. "I mean, Christmases, maybe birthdays and certainly get-togethers, but we just bonded so hard that I think we're family anyway."
Sadly, some members of the on-screen Von Trapp family were missing. Christopher Plummer who played patriarch Baron von Trapp in the film died in 2021. Charmian Carr, who appeared as Liesl, died in 2016, and Heather Menzies-Urich, who played Louisa, died in 2017.
Andrews and her on-screen children keep their memories alive, though, through their family reunions. When they gather and reminisce on their days filming, their chats are full of what Andrews described as "very, very many memories: funny ones, real ones, lovely ones."