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Maria von Trapp Dies
People ^ | 2/21 | K. C. Blumm

Posted on 02/22/2014 3:32:40 PM PST by Borges

Maria von Trapp, whose family's story was told in The Sound of Music, has died.

She was the last surviving member of the musical family of seven brothers and sisters and passed away in her sleep at home in Vermont at the age of 99 on Tuesday, PEOPLE confirms.

Von Trapp, who was the second-eldest daughter, and her family fled their home in Austria to escape from the Nazis in the 1930s and eventually ended up in the U.S., where their story inspired a Rodgers & Hammerstein musical and the popular 1965 movie starring Julie Andrews.

(Excerpt) Read more at people.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Germany; US: Vermont
KEYWORDS: austria; germany; maria; mariavontrapp; obituaries; obituary; thesoundofmusic; vontrapp

1 posted on 02/22/2014 3:32:40 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges

RIP, Maria.


2 posted on 02/22/2014 3:33:47 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Borges

The hills are alive, with the sound of music...

Godspeed, Maria von Trapp.


3 posted on 02/22/2014 3:40:17 PM PST by Monitor ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-front for the urge to rule it." - H. L. Mencken)
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To: Borges

Back in the late 80s, I went to Stowe, Vermont to attend a professional conference. I did some sight seeing while there - it was summer. I came across a “Ski Resort” that was started by the Von Trapp family. I had seen the movie, but until that time, I didn’t know they landed in the U.S. and Vermont. A very interesting story, but not at all as the movie portrayed.


4 posted on 02/22/2014 3:46:20 PM PST by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: Borges

Remember, folks, she isn’t THAT Maria von Trapp. This is one of the children (whose names were changed for the play and film). RIP.


5 posted on 02/22/2014 3:46:45 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Borges

Maria may have been the last remaining child of the marriage between Georg Johannes von Trapp and his first wife, Agatha Whitehead von Trapp.

However, Captain Georg and postulant Maria had three children after marrying, and of these, at least Johannes von Trapp (born 1939) appears to be alive.


6 posted on 02/22/2014 3:47:50 PM PST by Yossarian
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To: zot; Interesting Times; Alamo-Girl; SeraphimApprentice; NYer; Salvation; tired&retired

Rest in Peace Maria.


7 posted on 02/22/2014 3:49:53 PM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: Borges

Maria von Trapp teaching Julie Andrews to yodel:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6j376yOlm4

RIP.


8 posted on 02/22/2014 3:53:37 PM PST by Jedidah
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To: Borges

They should do a modern version of that movie: A family tries to escape the Marxist doctrines of a Kenyan tyrant.


9 posted on 02/22/2014 3:56:00 PM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: Jedidah

That Maria died in 1987.


10 posted on 02/22/2014 3:58:27 PM PST by Borges
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To: Yossarian

According to Wikipedia, all three children of the second marriage are still alive.


11 posted on 02/22/2014 3:58:31 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Borges

Kind of a blessing, in a way...

If I heard “Doe, a deer, a female deer...” one more time I’d be ready to climb a clock tower somewhere with a bunch of water balloons full of coyote urine...

RIP, Maria.


12 posted on 02/22/2014 4:04:05 PM PST by djf (OK. Well, now, lemme try to make this clear: If you LIKE your lasagna, you can KEEP your lasagna!)
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To: Borges

An amazing family .. RIP Maria .. your story will live on for years and years to come.


13 posted on 02/22/2014 4:06:52 PM PST by tomkat
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To: djf

It’s a brilliant song.


14 posted on 02/22/2014 4:07:03 PM PST by Borges
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
They should do a modern version of that movie: A family tries to escape the Marxist doctrines of a Kenyan tyrant.

Interesting you should mention that. From the Wiki page for Maria Von Trapp (the "Maria" of the movie):

"They experienced life under the Nazis after the annexation of Austria by Germany in March 1938. Life became increasingly difficult as they witnessed hostility towards Jewish children by their classmates, the use of children against their parents, the advocacy of abortion by both Maria's doctor and by her son's school, and finally by the induction of Georg into the German Navy.

15 posted on 02/22/2014 4:12:04 PM PST by Yossarian
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To: Jedidah

That was very nice to watch...thanks for posting!


16 posted on 02/22/2014 4:12:32 PM PST by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: Borges

RIP young Maria.


17 posted on 02/22/2014 4:17:13 PM PST by jocon307
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To: Borges

“It’s a brilliant song.”

Agreed and I love, love, love how they did it in the movie with the kids hopping up and down on those big steps.


18 posted on 02/22/2014 4:20:36 PM PST by jocon307
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To: Borges

It IS brilliant.

I once saw a film of Master Class in Songwriting with Richard Rogers. He explained how he used the lyrics to determine the intervals and rhythms of a song. I have NEVER forgotten it. That 20 minute session changed the way I compose music.


19 posted on 02/22/2014 4:43:22 PM PST by left that other site
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To: Yossarian

Actually, Georg was not inducted into the German Navy. He had been an Austrian Naval hero who was one of the earliest submarine commanders ever. He had been offered a commission by the Nazis and turned it down...then they got out because as Maria said “Saying no to Hitler 3 times was dangerous.” The family had also been invited to sing for Hitler’s birthday, as well as incident with their newly made doctor son. The son had just graduated medical school and was offered a fine position, but he intimated they expected him to preform acts which he was unwilling to do. i.e. abortions. So he also turned that post down. As for those of you wondering about an “Austrian Navy” bear in mind the old Austro-Hungarian empire was much larger than the present day borders of Austria. It included the sea coast of what because Yugoslavia. Interesting story in the book “The Trapp Family Singers” of how when Maria first became pregnant they travelled to a Munich specialist re: her pregnancy (who advised her to abort the baby she was carrying, i.e. Johannes, later born in the US in 1939) - that was about the time her husband was offered the commision and the other 2 incidents ... they decided to see the new “House of German Art” which was close by. God awful stuff, but Maria, smelled food, and it turns out they had a cafe, which was unheard of at the time in an art museum. They went and were seated. And noticed no one was smoking — very unusual for the time. When they asked their waiter what was going on, he pointed out that very close by was Hitler and a rather raucous party. She got to observe him relatively close up, and she and Georg decided he was extremely vulgar, with bad table manners and he laughed at his own jokes, and his adoring entourage was expected to roar with laughter at what he said.


20 posted on 02/22/2014 4:57:04 PM PST by gemoftheocean (...geez, this all seems so straight forward and logical to me...)
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To: Borges

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trapp_Family_Lodge


21 posted on 02/22/2014 5:03:56 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: gemoftheocean

Wow,
thank you for the interesting post.
So they saw Hitler in person.
Evil has a certain presence to it that is hard to ignore.


22 posted on 02/22/2014 5:31:34 PM PST by ncalburt ( Amnesty-media out in full force)
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To: gemoftheocean

Wow, thanks for that info.


23 posted on 02/22/2014 5:40:26 PM PST by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: ncalburt

“So they saw Hitler in person.
Evil has a certain presence to it that is hard to ignore.”

Yup. We are in the presence of the evil one since 2008 so we can relate...


24 posted on 02/22/2014 5:41:19 PM PST by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: GreyFriar

Thanks for the ping. May she rest in peace.


25 posted on 02/22/2014 5:55:07 PM PST by zot
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To: Yossarian
“Life became increasingly difficult as they witnessed hostility towards Jewish Republican children by their classmates, the use of children against their parents, the advocacy of abortion by both Maria's doctor and by her son's school, and finally by the induction of Georg into the German Navy.

Once Charlie Rangle gets his way with reintroducing the Draft, exactly how are the Democrats different from the Nazis?

26 posted on 02/22/2014 6:17:33 PM PST by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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To: Borges

RIP.


27 posted on 02/22/2014 6:19:40 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Borges

28 posted on 02/22/2014 6:28:06 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Yossarian

History repeats itself doesn’t it.


29 posted on 02/22/2014 6:43:49 PM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: gaijin

Whoa, I had no idea the beautiful and lovely Julie Andrews version of Maria von Trapp was actually Jack Klugman in disguise.


30 posted on 02/22/2014 6:44:55 PM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: gemoftheocean

Agreed. von Trapp was one of the most brilliant Submarine commanders of World War I. He would’ve been a major asset to Admiral Doenitz in the German Navy. Thank goodness he defected.


31 posted on 02/22/2014 7:38:46 PM PST by MuttTheHoople (Nothing is more savage and brutal than justifiably angry Americans. Don’t believe me? Ask the Germa)
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To: djf
Kind of a blessing, in a way... If I heard “Doe, a deer, a female deer...” one more time I’d be ready to climb a clock tower somewhere with a bunch of water balloons full of coyote urine...

That method {using Do Ra Me etc} at one time was used in many churches in the U.S. The congregation didn't sing the words to Hymns but rather sang phonetic notes. The name of it escapes me but I remember my grandmother singing like that sometimes. She was born in the late 1800's. It may have been something more common in Appalachia.

32 posted on 02/22/2014 7:53:57 PM PST by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Wish FR had a like function.

What you said. Sorry for being shallow and judging from a photo, but dang!


33 posted on 02/22/2014 8:04:18 PM PST by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: Borges

Auf Wiedersehen.


34 posted on 02/22/2014 8:11:38 PM PST by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: Monitor

I don’t remember all the particulars, but somehow, through a connection through one of the Notre Dame nuns in our high school had with the Trapp family...our school performed the *Sound of Music* on stage at the Bushnell B4 it opened on Broadway. Quite a remarkable experience for a bunch of teenagers.


35 posted on 02/22/2014 8:21:21 PM PST by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: djf

You.cried when you saw the movie didn’t you!!
Ha!!


36 posted on 02/22/2014 8:26:19 PM PST by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

My reaction too. I’m trying to behave on the day of her transition, but Whoa Nelly. At first I thought I was seeing a poorly done photoshop montage.


37 posted on 02/22/2014 8:34:13 PM PST by lee martell
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda; gaijin
Whoa, I had no idea the beautiful and lovely Julie Andrews version of Maria von Trapp was actually Jack Klugman in disguise.

The Maria Von Trapp who passed away this week and is in this photo was NOT the Maria portrayed by Julie Andrews.

Maria von Trapp who passed away this week was one of the children of Georg von Trapp's first marriage.

38 posted on 02/22/2014 8:45:59 PM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: lee martell

Please see my post 38.


39 posted on 02/22/2014 8:46:47 PM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: GreyFriar

Amen. I join in prayer for her loved ones.


40 posted on 02/22/2014 8:48:32 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Gabz

I appreciate your expansion on the topic. So this was a different woman from that same family also named Maria. Fine, but the idea that ANY WOMAN would have a face like that, and so incongruously perched atop a Swiss Miss get up remains, well, unsettling. Yes, I am being unserious here.


41 posted on 02/22/2014 9:17:31 PM PST by lee martell
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To: cva66snipe

There was something called shape note singing, I believe, where the shape of the note told you whether the note was do or re, etc. Is that what your grandmother did?


42 posted on 02/22/2014 9:25:55 PM PST by married21 ( As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: married21

Yea, I think that’s what it was called. Thank you a mystery is finally solved. This would have also been the method or a variant Maria Von Trapp used. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shape_note


43 posted on 02/22/2014 9:55:47 PM PST by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: right way right

Really, there is only one song from that movie that still tugs my heart...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7l8t85khtIw


44 posted on 02/22/2014 11:13:54 PM PST by djf (OK. Well, now, lemme try to make this clear: If you LIKE your lasagna, you can KEEP your lasagna!)
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To: djf
If I heard “Doe, a deer, a female deer...” one more time I’d be ready to climb a clock tower somewhere with a bunch of water balloons full of coyote urine...

How about the Homer Simpson version.

Dough - The stuff that buys me beer
Ray - The guy who sells the beer
Me - The guy who drinks the beer
Far - The distance to my beer
So - I think I'll drink some beer
La - La La La La La La beer
Tea - No thanks, I'm drinking beer
And that will bring us back to.....*sees empty glass*....D'OH!

45 posted on 02/22/2014 11:19:55 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: djf

Yeah, thats where I cried.
Dammit! Why did you go do that?


46 posted on 02/22/2014 11:20:28 PM PST by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: right way right

No kids, no fancy costumes, jumping around dance routines...

Just a flower.
A simple flower.

Years ago, my soon-to-be wife and I were walking a trail in the mountains. I had a camera and took a picture of this beautiful, single, simple yellow flower.

I still have that picture, but my wife died a while past, 41 years old, still beautiful.

I don’t need a movie to make me cry.

A single flower can do it...

Sorry.
Count your blessings while you have them!

regards,
djf


47 posted on 02/22/2014 11:27:11 PM PST by djf (OK. Well, now, lemme try to make this clear: If you LIKE your lasagna, you can KEEP your lasagna!)
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To: djf

Thank you.
May God bless your days too.


48 posted on 02/22/2014 11:45:35 PM PST by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: Borges

According to Lord Obama, she was fluent in Austrian.

I think the Language died with her. RIP


49 posted on 02/22/2014 11:49:39 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Nobody owes you a living, so shut up and get back to work...)
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