The last living sibling of the seven brothers and sisters who were portrayed in the musical and film “The Sound of Music,” Maria Franziska von Trapp, has died, reports The New York Times. She was 99.
She died Tuesday at her home in Stowe, Vermont, with her death confirmed by her half-brother, Johannes von Trapp.
Maria von Trapp, the third-oldest child of Baron Georg von Trapp, was the reason the family hired a governess — also called Maria — as she had become too ill to walk to school after contracting scarlet fever.
The 1965 film was based on the real story of the governess’ arrival at their house. The baron, whose first wife had died, fell in love with the governess, and the family created a singing group that later fled Nazi-occupied Austria.
In the film, Maria von Trapp was called Louisa and portrayed by Heather Menzies. The score was written by Rodgers and Hammerstein.
The real von Trapp family eventually settled in Stowe, where they created an inn called the Trapp Family Lodge.
The report notes: “The younger Ms. von Trapp [Maria] told Reuters in 2008 that she and her siblings were shocked that the movie portrayed their father as strict and obsessed with discipline. He was ‘so completely different,’ she said, and ‘always looked after us a lot, especially after our mother died.’”