Last member of the Trapp Family Singers dies at 99

STOWE, Vt. (AP) — The last surviving member of the Trapp Family Singers made famous in "The Sound of Music" died this week at her home in Vermont. Maria von Trapp was 99.

The second-eldest daughter of Georg von Trapp, Maria was the basis for the Louisa character in the Broadway play and Oscar-winning film. (Her stepmother, also named Maria, died in 1987.)

Von Trapp's brother, Johannes von Trapp, said she died Tuesday. He called her a "lovely woman who was one of the few truly good people."

The family won acclaim throughout Europe for their singing and escape from Nazi-occupied Austria in 1938. Their story was turned into the film and Broadway musical. Maria von Trapp is the second youngest girl and was portrayed as Louisa in The Sound of Music.

The family moved to Vermont in 1942 after visiting during a singing tour and vacationing in Stowe. The family opened and still operates a lodge there.


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