Charmian Carr, Liesl from 'The Sound of Music,' dies at 73

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Charmian Carr, known for her role as Liesl Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, died Saturday. She was 73.

Carr's family announced she died in Woodland Hills, California from complications from a rare form of dementia.

Carr was born on Dec. 27, 1942, in Chicago. She was 21-years-old when she sung the popular song "I Am Sixteen Going on Seventeen" as the oldest Von Trapp sister in the Academy-Award winning Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.

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Julie Andrews as Maria von Trapp sits on a sofa with Charmian Carr as Liesl von Trapp in the film adaption of the Rogers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music.
CANADA - CIRCA 1900: Starlet Charmian Carr. Has 'Sound of Music' role (Photo by Dick Darrell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Movie still from the 1965 film The Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. All the Von Trapp children gathered to open presents..
The actors playing members of the Von Trapp family in a promotional portrait for 'The Sound Of Music', directed by Robert Wise, 1965. Left to right: Nicholas Hammond as Friedrich, Kym Karath as Gretl, Angela Cartwright as Brigitta, Julie Andrews as Maria, Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp, Charmian Carr as Liesl, Heather Menzies as Louisa, Debbie Turner as Marta and Duane Chase as Kurt. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
1964: Actress Julie Andrews performs musical number in the movie 'The Sound Of Music' directed by Robert Wise. Though this is the opening scene of the film, it is the final sequence shot in Europe before the cast and crew returned to Los Angeles. Winner of 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
The Von Trapp family singing from the 1965 film The Sound of Music. (Photo by �� John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Jesse Jackson is seen during day two of the second annual Clinton Global Initiative held in the Sheraton hotel in New York City on September 21, 2006. (Photo by Samaruddin Stewart, AOL)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 17: (L-R) Actors Charmian Carr, Heather Menzies, Kym Kareth and Angela Cartwright pose in front of a picture of them from the 'Sound of Music' taken by Douglas Kirkland at the Grand Opening of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Winter 2008 Exhibitions at the Academy's Grand Gallery on January 17, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
Nicholas Hammond, Heather Menzies, Julie Andrews, Angela Cartwright and Duane Chase (front row) Charmian Carr, Debbie Turner and Kym Karath (back row) (Photo by Shawn Ehlers/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 27: Actress Charmian Carr attends the 25th annual Professional Dances Society Gypsy Awards at The Beverly Hilton on March 27, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 27: Actress Charmian Carr attends the 25th annual Professional Dances Society Gypsy Awards at The Beverly Hilton on March 27, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 30: (L-R) Charmian Carr and Kym Karath attend The Last 70mm Film Festival Series, 'The Sound Of Music' screening at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on July 30, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/WireImage)
Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer are flanked on all sides by their children, all members of the singing Von Trapp family, in this publicity handout from the 1965 adaption of the Rogers and Hammerstein musical, The Sound of Music.
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Carr only starred in one other film which was opposite Anthony Perkins in Evening Primrose (1966)

After Carr left the movie business, she started a design company called Charmian Carr Design which attracted Michael Jackson as a client.

Carr co-authored of two books: Forever Liesl (2000) which chronicled her experience filming Sound of Music and Letters to Liesl (2001) which was inspired by the thousands of fan mail she received over the years.

Carr is survived by her siblings Sharon, Darleen, Michael and Brian and her daughters Jennifer and Emily. She is also survived by her niece Julie, and her four grandchildren Emma, Derek, William and Tucker.

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