Known for movies

Short Info

DiedSeptember 17, 2016, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
SpouseJay Allen Brent
FactMiddle sister of Darleen Carr and Shannon Farnon.

Charmian Carr was born on December 27, 1942, in Chicago, Illinois. Her parents were both entertainers and she had two older sisters. Charmian was educated at the Professional Children’s School in New York City.

Charmian’s career began when she was cast as Liesl von Trapp in the 1965 film The Sound of Music. She was just 21 years old at the time. The film was a huge success and made Charmian a household name.

After The Sound of Music, Charmian appeared in a few more films and television shows. However, she largely retired from acting in the 1970s to focus on her family.

In recent years, Charmian has made occasional appearances at Sound of Music reunions and fan conventions. She has also written a memoir about her time on the film, entitled Forever Liesl.

Charmian is estimated to have a net worth of $3 million. She has been married twice and has three children.

General Info

Full NameCharmian Carr
DiedSeptember 17, 2016, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height1.6 m
ProfessionActor, Singer, Author, Businessperson
EducationCalifornia State University, Northridge


SpouseJay Allen Brent
ChildrenJennifer Brent, Emily Brent
ParentsBrian Farnon, Rita Oehmen
SiblingsDarleen Carr, Shannon Farnon


MoviesRodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of Movies, Evening Primrose, The Sound of Music
TV ShowsThe Sound of Music

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1At age 21, Charmian Carr is known for sweetly portraying the eldest daughter Liesl von Trapp in the 20th Century Fox - director Robert Wise's 1965 film version of the Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein Broadway musical "The Sound of Music." She famously performed the song "Sixteen Going on Seventeen." After "The Sound of Music," Carr's only other major Hollywood role was starring with Anthony Perkins in the Stephen Sondheim television musical "Evening Primrose." She played a mysterious young woman who lived in a department store. The actress later wrote a pair of books about her "The Sound of Music" experiences: "Forever Liesl" and "Letters to Liesl." She fully embraced audiences' reverence for the musical, frequently appearing at fan events commemorating the film, including sing-a-long performances at the Hollywood Bowl. "I tell people that they should consider attending a sing-a-long "The Sound of Music" like going to a therapist," she told The Associated Press before a 2005 appearance. "It's just a kind of therapy. They can move around. They can dance and talk back to the screen. They can skip there appointment with the shrink that week".
2Charmian Carr was born in Chicago in 1942. Her mother was a vaudeville actress, and her father was a musician and orchestra leader. Her family moved to the San Fernando Valley when she was a 13 year old child. Charmian Carr died at age 73 in September 2016. "It's always sad when a member of the 'family' passes away - and in the case of 'The Sound of Music,' it's especially sad when it is the first of the group to go," said Ted Chapin, president of the Rogers & Hammerstein organization, in a statement. "Charmian Carr played the oldest von Trapp child, and in some ways she maintained that role in real life - guiding, cheering, supporting and generally being there for the rest of her 'sisters' and 'brothers.' " Carr is survived by her four siblings, her two children and four grandchildren. She is also survived by the six other actors how became part of cinematic history when there were cast as the von Trapp children. "We're second family," said Kym Karath, who played the youngest von Trapp, the role of Gretl, in an Associated Press 2015 interview to commemorate the film's 50th Anniversary. "As adults, we were deeply bonded, so our lives have really interwoven with each other." Rogers & Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music" opened on Broadway on November 16, 1959, closing on June 15, 1963, after 1,443 performances.
3Lived in Encino,California where she ran her interior design business. [March 2002]
4Ran her business Charmian Carr Designs - among her clients was Michael Jackson, who gave her an interior-decorating job because he was a big fan of The Sound of Music (1965).
5Beat out Patty Duke, Mia Farrow and Sharon Tate for her role in The Sound of Music (1965).
6Distantly related to Heather Menzies-Urich who played her younger sister in The Sound of Music (1965).
7Director Robert Wise changed her last name to Carr because he thought 'Charmian Farnon' was too much of a mouthful. He handed her a list of one-syllable last names and told her to pick one. She liked three but ultimately chose Carr.
8Niece of Dennis Farnon and Robert Farnon.
9Daughter of actress Rita Oehmen and composer Brian Farnon.
10Daughters: Jennifer (32) and Emily (28), as of April 2002.
11Sister-in-law of Jameson Parker.
12Middle sister of Darleen Carr and Shannon Farnon.
13She and Brent have two daughters.
14Was working as a physician's assistant when she was cast in The Sound of Music (1965).




Mad Men2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
20 to 12010TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Evening Primrose1966TV Movie performer: "I Remember Sky", "When", "Take Me to the World", "Take Me to the World reprise"
The Sound of Music1965performer: "The Sound of Music" 1959, "Do-Re-Mi" 1959, "My Favorite Things" 1959, "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" 1959, "The Lonely Goatherd" 1959, "Edelweiss" 1959, "So Long, Farewell" 1959 - uncredited


Evening Primrose1966TV MovieElla Harkins
The Sound of Music1965Liesl


The Alien Legacy1999Video documentary acknowledgment
The Sound of Music: From Fact to Phenomenon1994Video documentary sincere appreciation


The Oprah Winfrey Show2010TV SeriesHerself
Loose Women2007TV SeriesHerself
On The Fly TV2007TV SeriesHerself
Good Morning America2005-2006TV SeriesHerself
Where Are They Now2006TV SeriesHerself - Guest
My Favorite Things: Julie Andrews Remembers2005Video documentaryHerself
After They Were Famous2001TV Series documentaryHerself
The Sound of Music Children2001TV Movie documentaryHerself
Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of Movies1996TV Movie documentaryHerself, presenter
The Sound of Music: From Fact to Phenomenon1994Video documentaryHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1965TV SeriesHerself
Salzburg Sight and Sound1965Documentary shortHerself, narrator

Archive Footage

The Untold Story of the Sound of Music2015TV Movie documentaryHerself / Leisl Von Trapp
The Bare Necessities: The Making of 'The Jungle Book'2007Video documentary shortPrincess Aurora
20 to 12006TV Series documentaryLiesl von Trapp


Nominated Awards

1966Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsNew Faces, Female14th place.
1966Gold MedalPhotoplay AwardsMost Promising New Star (Female)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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