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January 4, 2011

Agathe von Trapp dies

Agathe von Trapp (center), the eldest daughter of Captain Georg von Trapp, and a member of the singing family made famous by ‘The Sound of Music’ died on Tuesday evening in Towson, Maryland of congestive heart failure. She was 97 years old.

Agathe, who is remembered by her youngest brother Johannes as a “quite shy and very private person” who was “talented in painting and graphic arts” is probably best known as her fictional character in the popular musical, Liesel.

In ‘The Sound of Music’ Liesel is presented as the oldest child of Captain von Trapp, however she was actually the second oldest, behind her brother, Rupert. Agathe also did not have a boyfriend when she was 16 – or 17 for that matter.

“That’s entirely in the minds of Rogers and Hammerstein,” Johannes said [via the Burlington Free Press]. “That is Broadway. And then Hollywood magnified it.”

Agathe settled some 50 years ago in Baltimore, where she lived with a friend, Mary Louise Kane. Together, they ran a kindergarten at Sacred Heart Parish in Glyndon, Md.

She is survived by her brother and three sisters, including 96-year-old Maria. Agathe will reportedly be buried in the family plot at the lodge.

Posted by acapnews at January 4, 2011 11:43 PM

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