The eldest daughter of the von Trapp family, well known from the popular "of Music," died at age 97 of congestive heart failure Tuesday. She had resided in Brooklandville, Md.
The Sound of Music. She herself was portrayed as the character "Liesl."Trapp (March 12, 1913--December 28, 2010) had been a member of the original Trapp Family Singers, whose lives inspired the Broadway musical and Award-winning movie
After her father's death in 1947, the family ceased performing. Of the Trapp Family Singers siblings featured in "The Sound of Music", only Maria Franziska (1914) survives. Other members of the troupe are half-siblings.
She penned her autobiographical Agathe von Trapp: Memories Before and After The Sound of Music in 2003. The work chronicles the true story behind the film and is illustrated with her hand-drawn maps and portraits along with family photographs.
Von Trapp had been unhappy with aspects of the popular fictionalization of her family's narrative. The Baltimore Sun in 2003 reported that she had cried upon seeing the Broadway opening because the story was not true to the facts of their family's reality. Her memoir reveals a close nuclear family who adored their gentle father and mourned the tragic loss of their mother.
Among other inaccuracies, the children's names and sexes were misrepresented; she did not, as the production portrayed, have a boyfriend as a teen; the nun who became her stepmother was never a governess to the children, nor did she teach them to sing; the family did not cross the Alps to escape the Nazis, they simply boarded a train.
Von Trapp is survived by a brother, Johannes von Trapp, and three sisters, Maria, Eleanor and Rosemarie, all of Vermont.