Heather Menzies, 5th from left, as Louisa von Trapp with Julie Andrews as Maria in The Audio of Songs. Photo: Moviestore/Rex/Shutterstock/ Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock


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Heather Menzies, 5th from left, as Louisa von Trapp with Julie Andrews as Maria in The Audio of Songs. Picture: Moviestore/Rex/Shutterstock/ Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock

The heart-warming 1965 music The Noise of Songs is such a seasonal favourite that any person gotten in touch with it in any type of capability has actually indulged in shown splendor for the remainder of their lives. Such held true of Heather Menzies, that has actually passed away of mind cancer cells aged 68. The blonde, blue-eyed 16-year-old played 13-year-old Louisa, the 3rd earliest of the 7 charming Von Trapp youngsters educated to sing memorable Rodgers as well as Hammerstein tracks by Maria, the fresh-faced vocal singing nun-turned-governess played by Julie Andrews. With Andrews and also the various other 6 kids, Menzies sang Do-Re-Mi, The Lonesome Goatherd, As Long, Goodbye, My Favourite Points, Edelweiss and also the title tune versus magnificent Tyrolean views.


In the movie Louisa is a little naughty, presenting herself to her brand-new governess as Brigitta, the name of an additional of the youngsters. When Maria asks her fees for aid in exactly how to be a governess, Louisa responds: "The initial point is to inform Dad to mind his very own company!" Maria is likewise advised that Louisa had actually concealed crawlers in the previous governess's bed. It goes without saying, no crawlers are concealed to scare Maria, that wins the youngsters, and also ultimately the captain, over.

As a grown-up, Menzies went far for herself amongst motion picture nerds by starring in 2 cultish, jokingly low-budget scary pictures, Sssssss (1973) as well as Piranha (1978 ), concerning awesome serpents and also meat-eating fish specifically, as far from The Audio of Songs as one might obtain. She included the last name of her star spouse teh last name of her star spouse, Robert Urich, to her very own after their marital relationship in 1975. (She was formerly wed to John Cluett from 1969 to 1973.)

Birthed in Toronto to stringent Presbyterian Scottish moms and dads, that had actually emigrated to Canada after the 2nd globe battle, Heather relocated with her family members to Los Angeles in 1960. She finished from Hollywood senior high school and also ultimately went to Falcon Workshop's College of the Arts in Hollywood. Prior to making her attribute movie launching in The Audio of Songs, she introduced her television job with an adolescent duty in an episode of My 3 Children (1964 ). She then showed up routinely as a visitor in collection such as The Farmer's Little girl, Dragnet, Gold Mine, The High Chaparral and also The Love Watercraft throughout the 70s and also 1960s, normally as an innocent lady. Yet this goody-goody personality was gotten rid of by a naked photoshoot for the August 1973 concern of Playboy, qualified The Tender Trapp.


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Menzies in 2004. Photo: Rex/ShutterstockThis was adhered to by Sssssss, in which she does a great deal of howling as the bespectacled child of a crazy researcher that has actually transformed her guy right into a serpent. She is a somewhat wacky p.i. in Piranha, a ridiculing spin-off of Jaws (1975) in which bathers are the target of carnivorous fish. On tv, she had actually an included duty as a revolutionary in all 14 episodes of Logan's Run (1978 ), a spin-off from the 1976 science fiction.

Menzies slowly minimized job when she was hectic raising her 3 youngsters, whom Urich and also she had actually taken on. After he passed away of cancer cells in 2002, she developed the Robert Urich Structure, dedicating a lot of her time to increasing cash for cancer cells study and also assistance for cancer cells individuals. She likewise went to normal Audio of Songs get-togethers, consisting of one at the 50th wedding anniversary testing in LA in 2015. Charmian Carr, that played her senior sibling, Liesl, in the movie, passed away in 2016.

She is made it through by her 3 youngsters, Ryan, Emily and also Allison.

Heather Menzies (Heather Menzies-Urich), star; birthed 3 December 1949; passed away 24 December 2017


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