Forever Liesl: A Memoir of The Sound of Music

Forever Liesl: A Memoir of The Sound of Music

by Charmian Carr
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Forever Liesl: A Memoir of The Sound of Music by Charmian Carr

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140298406
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/2001
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 819,877
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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.

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Forever Liesl: A Memoir of The Sound of Music 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was 12 when the Sound of Music came out. My parents took me to see it the first day it played in Denver. I will never forget the impression it made on me. I wanted a pink dress just like Liesels and I wanted to find someone just like the captain to marry. I never got the dress, but I did find someone like the Captain (only better). The song 'Something Good' is still one of my favorites. I am delighed to know more about the cast and I'd like to say 'thank you' for giving the world such a treasure. . . .a wonderful gift in a world filled with so much drivel labeled entertainment.
Judy1160 More than 1 year ago
'Forever Liesl' is a wonderful book! I couldn't put it down. It was nice reading with a very insightful view to the "behind the scenes" of the making of the movie. I found out lots that I didn't know. Thank you Charmian!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Forever Liesl is a memoir of The Sound of Music¿s, Charmian Carr. Written by Charmian Carr with Jean A.S. Strauss, Carr tells a wonderful story about how it was to play the role of one of the Von-Trapp children. She remembers her experience in making the movie. Carr tells the reader about what actually happened to her on camera and off camera. She expresses what it was like to play Liesl and make the movie. Carr explains the first time she walked into the audition room, till the very end of making the movie. The end of the movie making was not really the end because her life is still went on with her favorite things, her children, and numerous Sound of Music memories. Since The Sound of Music has been one of my favorite movies, I had been looking forward to reading someone¿s memoir about what happens during the movie making. Forever Liesl was a delightful book to read about Charmian Carr and her adventures in making The Sound Of Music. I think that this book has a message for everybody who wants to believe in love, trust and freedom.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Charmian Carr's book is for the true Sound of Music fan. The one who waited in line on opening night. The one who introduced the movie to their children. The one who thinks about the movie with the fondest of rememberances. If you are that person, then you will absolutely love this book. The Sound of Music may not have been a great monumental work in film, but it has touched more lives and brought more families together than any of its predecessors. The book affirms this truth by giving us insight into some of the stories related to the film from those people whose lives it touched. If you're a 'true' fan, this book will bring back happy memories and give you insight into the lives of those who portrayed the Von Trapp family on the screen. If you want to experience the Sound of Music feeling all over again, read 'Forever Liesl'!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm always amazed at what the 'critics' think is good and what isn't. This book is geared towards those who know and loved the story told by Sound of Music. If others unfamiliar with the Sound of Music enjoy it, then all the better. I found this book to be entertaining, captivating and endearing. It allowed a glimpse into the lives of those involved and was an honest account by someone who lived the experience. What 'critics' think is irrelevant. They didn't live the experience. I can't imagine that any Sound of Music fan would not be touched in some way by reading this story. It's nice to know that not all child stars go on to long strung out lives of drugs and alcohol. Whether any of them pursued acting after this movie doesn't matter. What matters is they made one of the best all time movies. Some call it syrupy, but in this age of violence, we could use some 'syrup'. Have we become so used to violence that we can't enjoy a wholesome and sweet story such as this one? Happy reading fellow SOM fans!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really loved Charmian Carr's book. She just gives you about what actually happened to her on camera or off camera. I've been looking forward for someone from the movie to write a memoir about what happened. I really liked the part when she described the Wild Nights at the Bristol Hotel. I'm glad she really got to know Christopher Plummer (which is my hero and my all-time favorite actor.) and how she listened to his late-night piano recitals. I recommend it to all SOM fans!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the book and I have always loved The Sound of Music! Forever Liesl is great. The book tells you all about what it was like to be Liesl and making the movie. Every fan needs to own this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The reviews of the Library Journal and Publishers weekly make me wonder the age of the reviewers. Sound of Music was panned by everyone and ended up as a Classic. Forever Lisel belongs to those that were touched by the film and by all those that will be touched in the future. It is a human adventure that includes us all. It is easy reading. Learning more and enjoying Charmian was an extra treat. How could any Sound of Music fan not enjoy?
SallyPinkReviews More than 1 year ago
Charmian Carr shares her life experiences filming the “Sound of Music” and how those experience impacted her life with “Forever Liesel.” Charmian comes from a complicated home, but possesses a natural talent to entertain. This talent brings her to the attention of Saul Chaplin, a producer for the “Sound of the Music.” After several auditions, Charmian is hired. Her story is like a fairytale for many readers. Carr shares the highs and lows of being recognized as “Liesel” throughout her life, along with intimate tidbits that occurred while filming the movie. Written in a charming voice and an intimate style which is easy to read, one can hear Carr’s voice in their head as they turn the pages. If you’re a fan of the movie, you will Carr’s story which is “Forever Liesel.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Leisl is my fave!! She is soooooooooo pretty!! And i &hearts sound of music! What do yall think pf how carrie underwood did?
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I want to know what was the near disaster in the gazebo
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie has no violence, no sex, no hard actions, etc. but it has a message for everybody who wants to believe in love, trust and freedom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the overview and it sound like really good book. Im about 12 and ive seem the sound of music like six times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lisel, Brigitta, Louisa, Marta, Gretel
Guest More than 1 year ago
Worth the long wait, 'Forever Liesl' seemlessly interweaves several narrative threads: a detailed narrative on the making of 'SOM'; Ms. Carr's personal experience 'being' Liesl; the impact of the film on her life and family, as well as those of her co-workers; the impact of the film on various life-long fans. It is a tribute to Ms. Carr and her contributor Jean Strauss that the variety makes a kind of organic sense. The well-organized structure of the book is crucial to its success. Ms. Carr's narrative of the making of 'SOM,' crucially, renders irrelevant and very ill-informed the 'making of' book by Julia Hirsch. She corrects several real untruths paraded as fact by Ms. Hirsch. Indeed, research is the key to the success of Ms. Carr's narrative; that and her generosity to her co-workers. The 'making of' thread of the book does not represent her self-centered recital of 35 year old memories, but represents a real respect for research in archives and through interviews with co-workers. The comments by devilish Chris Plummer are worth the price of the book and his unvarnished honesty in the telling reflects his respect for Ms. Carr. An intriguing counterpoint to this story of Ms. Carr's one-time reel life, is the one juxtaposed of her real life. The heart of that story features her parents. Not indulging in 'Mommie Dearest' revenge, she narrativizes their struggles with restraint and good taste, though one would appreciate a bit less self-abegnation in the telling. Her own feelings about traumatic events might have been explored in more depth. The best chapter in the book is the most spare, and least melodramatic, though it could have been shamelessly exploitative of reader emotions. Her mother's decline into alcoholism -- not irrelevant to the larger 'SOM' story -- is perhaps more touching because the narrative is not emotionally indulgent. Less is more, and more moving. The least successful portions of the book are the fan stories. Here Ms. Carr is way too generous. Many of these barely skirt 'bearability.' They represent in extreme form what some snotty, ill-informed critics have assailed as the book's supposedly syrupy tone. Hey foks, this book is intended as a tribute to 'SOM,' not a trouncing of it. Ms. Carr is much too shrewd (she is now a very successful business woman, by the way) not to know what sells, as did the makers of the film itself. The book was written to sell...and it should, in this reviewer's opinion. Classy lady! Classy book!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Thirty-five years have passed since Julie Andrews frolicked on an Austrian hillside to the Sound of Music. Now one of the actress Charmian Carr who played a Von Trapp child has written her memoirs surrounding the filming of the classic film, and what has since happened to her and her six ¿siblings¿.

Though well written and includes some interesting tidbits, this fluffy account will only be enjoyed by the movie¿s most die-hard fans. Everyone else will be too young, question why FOREVER LIESL: A MEMOIR OF THE SOUND OF MUSIC was published, or like this reviewer suddenly feel old and wonder where three plus decades went?

Harriet Klausner