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 Maria Agatha Franziska Gobertina Von Trapp

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Maria Agatha Franziska Gobertina Von Trapp

Birth
Zell am See, Zell am See Bezirk, Salzburg, Austria
Death 18 Feb 2014 (aged 99)
Stowe, Lamoille County, Vermont, USA
Burial Stowe, Lamoille County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID 125436140 View Source
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Entertainer. She was the second-oldest daughter of Georg Ludwig von Trapp and Agatha Whitehead von Trapp. She was a member of the Trapp Family Singers, whose lives were the inspiration for the musical play The Sound of Music. She was portrayed as the character "Louisa." Along with her five siblings, father, and stepmother, Maria Augusta von Trapp, she was part of the world-renowned Trapp Family Singers, who inspired the 1959 Broadway musical and the 1965 Academy Award-winning Best Picture The Sound of Music. Von Trapp sang second soprano in the choir, together with her sister Martina von Trapp. The von Trapps fled Austria after the German annexation of Austria, fearing reprisals resulting from declining to sing at Hitler's birthday party and Georg von Trapp's refusal to accept a commission in the German Navy. They came to the United States in 1938, settled in Vermont in 1942, and performed throughout the country. Baron von Trapp died in 1947. The family continued to tour and concertize until 1955, at which time Maria von Trapp and her stepmother became lay missionaries in Papua, New Guinea. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1948 and now lives on her family's lodge in Stowe, Vermont. From July 22 to July 27, 2008, she visited her childhood home in Salzburg/Aigen and her birthplace in Zell-am-See. Accompanying her were her half-brother Johannes and her sister-in-law Erika (Werner's widow). During their visit, the group met with Ernst Florian Winter, the husband of her sister Johanna von Trapp (1919–1994). She was the last survivor of the seven original von Trapp children.

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