1965’s “The Sound of Music” is arguably one of the most well-known movies ever made, and the young actors who were cast as the von Trapp children say the legendary film brought them together as friends for life.
The actors, known as The SoM 7, were all young when they joined star Julie Andrews for a musical journey that stole the hearts of millions around the world. During filming in Austria, the child actors befriended each other, as did their parents, and now, 50 years later, they say they remain just as close as ever.
“We're beyond friends. We're second family,” Kym Karath, who played the role of Gretl von Trapp, said, according to the Daily Mail. “As adults, we were deeply bonded, so our lives have really interwoven with each other.”
Nowadays, all seven von Trapp kids have gone on to succeed in a variety of industries outside of acting and entertainment. Charmain Charr, who played the oldest von Trapp child, is now 72 years old, has published two books, and designs custom furniture.
Kym Karath was only 5 years old when she played Gretl von Trapp, and now, at 56, she is just returning to acting after spending most of her life away from it.
The only one who seems to have stayed in the acting business is 64-year-old Nicholas Hammond, who played Friederich von Trapp, the eldest of the seven kids. Hammond continues collecting acting, directing, and producing credits to this day.
Angela Cartwright, 62, who played the role of Brigitta, is working as an artist and photographer in Los Angeles, while 64-year-old Duane Chase, who starred as Kurt, went in a completely different direction and ended up working as a software engineer.
Heather Menzies-Urich, now 65, won hearts as Louisa, but following the death of her husband Robert from cancer, she runs an organization that provides funding for cancer research. Lastly, 58-year-old Debbie Turner, who played Marta, owns a floral-design business in Minnesota.