22 February 2014
Maria von Trapp, last member of Sound of Music family, dies
Maria von Trapp was the second oldest
daughter of Capt von Trapp
The last surviving member of the Trapp Family Singers, the group whose story inspired The Sound of Music, has died at the age of 99, her family say.
Maria von Trapp died at her home in Vermont on Tuesday, her brother, Johannes von Trapp, told the Associated Press.
He said she was a "lovely woman who was one of the few truly good people".
Von Trapp and her family fled Nazi-occupied Austria in 1938 and ended up performing around the US.
Their story eventually inspired the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, The Sound of Music, and subsequent 1965 hit film. (...)
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