‘Sound of Music’ stars, who performed von Trapp youngsters, reunite to honor Julie Andrews at AFI’s tribute


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The hills have been alive with the sound of music from the von Trapp youngsters once more.

On Thursday, Julie Andrews obtained the AFI Life Achievement Award at a Gala Tribute in Los Angeles. To mark the special day, the previous youngster stars who performed the von Trapp youngsters within the 1965 musical “The Sound of Music” got here collectively to have a good time the star’s decades-long profession.

Nicholas Hammond (Friedrich), Duane Chase (Kurt), Angela Cartwright (Brigitta), Debbie Turner (Marta) and Kym Karath (Gretl) walked the pink carpet on the Dolby Theater and even led a sing-along of “Do Re Mi” to the delight of the viewers. Earlier than the night time got here to an finish, the complete solid acquired collectively and fortunately posed for photographs.

The reunion was bittersweet. Charmian Carr and Heather Menzies-Urich, who portrayed Liesl and Louisa von Trapp within the film, died in 2016 and 2017. Christopher Plummer, who starred as Capt. Georg von Trapp, handed away final 12 months.

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Members of the “Sound of Music” solid, from left, Debbie Turner, Angela Cartwright, Julie Andrews, Nicholas Hammond, Kym Karath and Duane Chase attend the AFI Life Achievement Award tribute to Andrews on June 9, 2022, in Hollywood, California.
(Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Photos for AFI)

Andrews, 86, obtained an Academy Award nomination for her position as Maria, a younger girl who is distributed by her convent in Thirties Austria to change into a governess to the seven youngsters of a widowed naval officer.

Carol Burnett introduced Andrews with the AFI Life Achievement Award.

“This award is so very much deserved,” stated the comedienne, 89. “She has constantly given us her all. And her ‘all’ is awe-inspiring. Congratulations, chum.”

Upon accepting the respect, Andrews remembered the many individuals who made an influence on her life.

Julie Andrews accepts the AFI Life Achievement Award at the Dolby Theatre on June 9, 2022, in Hollywood. 

Julie Andrews accepts the AFI Life Achievement Award on the Dolby Theatre on June 9, 2022, in Hollywood. 
(Michael Kovac/Getty Photos for AFI)

“This night reminds me with great clarity how many people are involved with making movies,” she stated. “What a huge collaborative effort it takes to bring film to the screen. My husband Blake never liked when people referred to filmmaking as the business or an industry. He insisted that film was an art form and should always be called that. And I know that is exactly the way the AFI feels also.”

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The star-studded night featured tributes and speeches from Steve Carell, Gwen Stefani, Héctor Elizondo and Jane Seymour; in addition to taped messages from Dick Van Dyke, Anne Hathaway, Ariana DeBose, Hugh Jackman, Kristin Chenoweth, Kelly Clarkson, Nicola Coughlan and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Again in 2018, Cartwright spoke to Every day Publish Digital about what it was like working with Andrews in “The Sound of Music.”

“I loved her,” the 69-year-old stated on the time. “We all did. You can kind of tell in the movie. We totally enjoyed her. She embraced us right from the very beginning. She sang to us in between takes and we would dance. She just did ‘Mary Poppins’ so she would sing all these songs from that film. I mean, you can really tell that we adored her. She’s such a talent. She has such an amazing voice and it really was a great experience.”

Julie Andrews starred in

Julie Andrews starred in “The Sound Of Music,” which was directed by Robert Clever, 1965.
(Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Photos)

She additionally famous that the solid shares an in depth bond immediately.

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“It’s fascinating because sometimes you make a movie and you don’t really see each other anymore or stay in touch,” Cartwright defined. “But we’ve all stayed in touch. We’ve certainly gotten together for celebrations and reunions. Whenever we lose a cast member, it always feels like we lost a family member. We all know what’s going on in each other’s lives and we’ve continued to do that during the 50-plus years [since filming].”

The tribute will air June 16 at 10:00 p.m. on TNT.


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