The Sound of Music Child Actors Who Played Von Trapp’s Children Reunite for AFI’s Tribute to Julie Andrews

Beloved English actress Julie Andrews is receiving the American Film Institute’s highest honor for a career in film.

The 48th AFI Life Achievement Gala Tribute celebrated Julie Andrews on Thursday, June 9 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

As part of the celebration, the actors who played the von Trapp children in The Sound of Music (1965) gathered to honor Andrews, who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as Maria von Trapp in the classic musical drama.

Reunited: Five of the seven actors who played the von Trapp children in The Sound Of Music participated in the 48th Annual AFI Life Achievement Awards honoring Julie Andrews, including Duane Chase, Kym Karath, Angela Cartwright, Debbie Turner and Nicholas Hammond

Honored: English actress Julie Andrews, 86, received the American Film Institute's (AFI) Life Achievement Award during a gala at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on Thursday

Honored: English actress Julie Andrews, 86, received the American Film Institute’s (AFI) Life Achievement Award during a gala at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on Thursday

In the film, the Mother Abbess (Peggy Wood) sends Maria (Julie Andrews) to the villa of retired naval officer Captain Georg von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) to be a governess for his seven children – Liesl, Friedrich, Louisa, Kurt, Brigitta, Martha and Gretl.

Some 57 years after its release, five of those seven child actors were able to attend the ceremony honoring Andrews.

Before the ceremony, these five actors took to the red carpet for a series of photos together.

Plus, they all coordinated their black and white fashion choices for the festive event.

The von Trapp children: The seven von Trap children played a pivotal role in The Sound of Music;  Lady Julie Andrews is pictured with co-stars (left to right) Debbie Turner, Angela Cartwright, Duane Chase, Kym Karath, Heather Menzies, Nicholas Hammond and Charmian Carr

The von Trapp children: The seven von Trap children played a pivotal role in The Sound of Music; Lady Julie Andrews is pictured with co-stars (left to right) Debbie Turner, Angela Cartwright, Duane Chase, Kym Karath, Heather Menzies, Nicholas Hammond and Charmian Carr

Reunited: The five actors who played the von Trapp children color coordinated in black and white;  pictured are Duane Chase, 71, Kym Karath, 63, Angela Cartwright, 69, Debbie Turner, 65, and Nicholas Hammond, 72;  unfortunately, the two remaining child actors Charmian Carr (Liesl) and Heather Menzies (Louisa) have passed away in recent years.

Reunited: The five actors who played the von Trapp children color coordinated in black and white; pictured are Duane Chase, 71, Kym Karath, 63, Angela Cartwright, 69, Debbie Turner, 65, and Nicholas Hammond, 72; unfortunately, the two remaining child actors Charmian Carr (Liesl) and Heather Menzies (Louisa) have passed away in recent years.

Playing the role of Kurt von Trapp in the film, Duane Chase, now 71, looked gorgeous in a black suit and bow tie with a white shirt.

Kym Karath, 63, showed off her fashion sense in a beautiful black dress that hugged her curves. She played Gretl, the youngest of Von Trapp’s children.

Angela Cartwright, 69, stood in the middle during the red carpet photo shoot in a beautiful sheer black dress. She played Brigitta in the iconic musical, which ended up receiving 10 Oscar nominations.

Debbie Turner, 65, who had the honor of playing Marta, opted for a black and silver dress.

And the man who played Friedrich, Nicholas Hammond, also went with a classic black suit and black bow tie combo. The 72-year-old actor would also add a white shirt to the ensemble.

The Sound Of Music received 10 Academy Award nominations, winning five, including Best Picture and Best Director for Robert Wise;  actors Kym Karath, Angela Cartwright, Debbie Turner and Nicholas Hammond are seen striking another pose

The Sound Of Music received 10 Academy Award nominations, winning five, including Best Picture and Best Director for Robert Wise; actors Kym Karath, Angela Cartwright, Debbie Turner and Nicholas Hammond are seen striking another pose

Child Star: Along with The Sound Of Music, Angela Cartwright is also known for her role as Linda Williams, the stepdaughter of Danny Williams on the 1950s series The Danny Thomas Show and Penny Robinson on the 1960s series Lost In Space

Child Star: Along with The Sound Of Music, Angela Cartwright is also known for her role as Linda Williams, the stepdaughter of Danny Williams on the 1950s series The Danny Thomas Show and Penny Robinson on the 1960s series Lost In Space

Sadly, the two remaining child actors to play the von Trapp children have passed away.

Charmian Carr, who played Liesl, died in September 2016, aged 73. And the actress who played Louisa, Heather Menzies was 68 years old when she passed away in December 2017.

The AFI event for Andrews was originally scheduled for 2020 but was postponed due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘Julie Andrews sent spirits flying through the generations,’ said Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO. ‘This new date for your AFI Tribute enriches our expectation to celebrate it in a dignified way at a time when the world needs it most.’

Andrews, 86, has been nominated for an Oscar three times, which included Best Actress for The Sound of Music; winning once for her role in Mary Poppins (1964).

The Surrey, England native’s performance in The Sound of Music won her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Comedy or Musical.

Iconic Films: Cartwright made her first film appearance at age three as Paul Newman's daughter in Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)

Iconic Films: Cartwright made her first film appearance at age three as Paul Newman’s daughter in Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)

Legendary: Andrews earned three Oscar nominations during his career, including for The Sound of Music;  her only win was for Mary Poppins (1964)

Legendary: Andrews earned three Oscar nominations during his career, including for The Sound of Music; her only win was for Mary Poppins (1964)

The Sound Of Music, which was an adaptation of the 1959 play of the same name, was released on March 2, 1965.

Along with Andrews and the child stars, the film also starred Christopher Plummer, Richard Haydn, Peggy Wood, Eleanor Parker, Anna Lee, Portia Nelson, Ben Wright, Daniel Truhitte, Norma Varden, Gil Stuar, Marni Nixon, Evadne Baker and Doris. Lloyd.

It became a genuine success, earning the distinction of being the first film to gross over $100 million. Over the years, the film would eventually earn over $286 million at the box office.

Adjusted for inflation, The Sound Of Music grossed an estimated $2.366 billion at 2014 prices, placing it among the top ten highest-grossing films of all time.

Genuine success: The Sound of Music became the first film to reach $100 million at the box office;  Pictured are stars Charmian Carr, Kym Karath, Nicholas Hammond, Julie Andrews, Debbie Turner, Angela Cartwright and Duane Chase.

Genuine success: The Sound of Music became the first film to reach $100 million at the box office; Pictured are stars Charmian Carr, Kym Karath, Nicholas Hammond, Julie Andrews, Debbie Turner, Angela Cartwright and Duane Chase.

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