Item description for Forever Liesl: A Memoir of The Sound of Music by Charmian Carr & Jean A. S. Strauss...
Overview The actress who played Liesl von Trapp in The Sound of Music discusses life on the set of this beloved film, her relationships with her film siblings, and her life since the making of the movie. Reprint.
Publishers Description The magic of The Sound of Music lives on in the minds and hearts of everyone it has touched. Now, Charmian Carr, who in 1965 captivated moviegoers as Liesl "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" von Trapp, tells what it was like to be a part of the film that has become a cultural phenomenon. It's all here: from how she got the role (and why she almost didn't) to romances on the set and wild nights in Salzburg; from the near-disaster during the gazebo dance to her relationships--then and now--with her six celluloid siblings. Charmian offers stories from fans and friends and a treasury of photographs. And she reveals why she left acting, what she learned when she met the real von Trapp children; and how The Sound of Music has helped her get through stormy times in her own life.
Forever Liesl celebrates the spirit of the movie and what it stands for: family love, romance, inspiration, nostalgia, and the joy and power of music.
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Entertainment Weekly - 05/04/2001 page 61
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Studio: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2001
Publisher Penguin (Non-Classics)
ISBN 0140298401 ISBN13 9780140298406 UPC 051488012009
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More About Charmian Carr & Jean A. S. Strauss
Charmian Carr was 21 years old when she played Liesl von Trapp in The Sound of Music. Now an interior designer, Carr continues to promote the movie on special occasions. She lives in Encino, California.
Reviews - What do customers think about Forever Liesl: A Memoir of The Sound of Music?
Forever Liesl: Forever wonderful! Sep 23, 2007
I received this book a few weeks ago and devoured it in the space of a few hours. For anyone who is as big a loser about The Sound Of Music as I am, there is no better way to nerd out than this :) I loved reading about Chris Plummer's acerbic wit and sarcasm, Julie Andrews' incredible professionalism, and anecdotes about all the "Von Trapp" children. Charmian's life story is quite sad at times, and about as far from the sweet and saccharine world of TSOM as it gets, but her stories about meeting the real Von Trapps and her experiences filming the movie are fantastic. I also found it interesting that she worked for Michael Jackson - she's had an interesting life! The letter from Nick Hammond is very sweet and touching, and it's clear she's very close to her celluloid siblings and greatly valued the experience of filming The Sound Of Music. Interesting fact - at the time of writing, she'd seen the movie a total of only nine times!
Captivating Reminiscence - Personal and Professional Apr 22, 2007
A personal book like this really depends on the appeal of the author herself - and here one hits the jackpot. Charmian Carr is so charming, sensitive, and modest that you can't help loving her through the book.
I had no idea the book would be this enjoyable.
This is a wonderful tale with five interwoven threads:
i) what it was like for a 21 year old working for a doctor in the San Fernando Valley - and who'd never done any professional acting, dancing or singing - to work on a movie that would gain the highest box office of all time and become a phenomenon around the world - wonderful details and anecdotes of the making of the movie, the comparison of the story with the history,
ii) the experiences of others working on the movie, as Ms. Carr truly put a lot of work into this book, reaching out to everyone to ask about their experiences, their anecdotes;
iii) AMAZING stories told by people around the world who've been affected by the movie over the years;
iv) the experiences of the cast since the making of the movie - those playing the von Trapp children stayed very much in each other's lives over the years; and
what I found most affecting:
v) the highly dramatic and in many ways quite tragic story of Charmian Carr's own growing up - particularly the story of her show business mother and father, as well as that of her sisters (you probably know beautiful younger sister Darleen from so many television series and mini-series) and their children.
What a great book - it's impossible to put down - and so acutely sensitive, so warm, so candid, so funny.
Forever Liesl Sound of Music book Jan 9, 2007
I liked this book. Like many others I love the Sound of Music. This book is written with a positive spin on everything, so it seems a little contrived. She emphasizes the ongoing relationship between the actors that played the kids in the movie. I would have loved to have known more detail about the experiences in Austria and more of the background of the movie production. If you like the movie, you will like this book.
Even if you haven't seen the movie.... Sep 2, 2006
OK, I confess! I'm probably one of the few people in the US who hasn't seen The Sound of Music (at least never beyond the first commercial when it's shown on TV). Being a perennial grouch, I've convinced myself that it's probably going to be tedious and corny. Nevertheless, I found this book delightful reading. My partner bought it for me when we were in Stowe, VT, on a hiking trip (they've got an entire Gift Shoppe there devoted to von Trapp stuff!), and I finished it pretty much in one sitting. Ms. Carr gives us a lot of insight into how movies are made; she sounds like an intelligent and perceptive person, and one who didn't get corrupted by her contact with Hollywood. Her account explains many of the reasons why people enjoy this movie.... maybe I'll give it another try next time it's on!
Sound of Music from Charmian Carr's (Liesel's) Perspective Jun 30, 2006
A good, quick read. Interesting insight into the making of the movie from a young lady who had never acted before the making of the Sound of Music.
A good portion of the book is captured in the new 40th Edition of the Sound of Music (DVD) released in 2005.