Charmian Carr (born Charmian Anne Farnon; December 27, 1942 – September 17, 2016) was an American actress and singer best known for her role as Liesl, the eldest Von Trapp daughter in the film version of The Sound of Music.
Carr was born Charmian Farnon in Chicago, Illinois, the second child of vaudeville actress Rita Oehmen and musician Brian Farnon. She has two sisters, both actresses (Shannon Farnon and Darleen Carr). While a student at San Fernando High School, Carr was a cheerleader and played basketball and volleyball.
Rita Farnon hadn’t asked Charmian if she wanted to audition for the part, but Charmian was sure her mother would consider getting a part in a film more important than earning a college diploma.
In a newspaper article published November 9, 1964, Carr related the story behind the tryout as follows: I was going to college and getting extra spending money by modeling in fashion shows in one of the stores. Director Robert Wise thought Farnon was too long a surname paired with Charmian.
One of the girls who modeled with me knew that Robert Wise, producer-director of The Sound of Music had been conducting a four-month search for someone to play the part of 16-year-old Liesl. After he had given her a list of single syllable surnames, she chose Carr.
My friend, without my knowing it, sent in my picture and explained in a note that I sang and danced. She won the role of Liesl over Geraldine Chaplin, Patty Duke, Mia Farrow, Lesley Ann Warren and Sharon Tate.
Carr married a dentist, Jay Brent, and left show business. Later on she became the grandmother of two grandchildren: Emma and Derek.
Carr died in Los Angeles on September 17, 2016, from complications related to dementia.
Richard Lester Benoit, 86, of Jensen Beach, passed away Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Martin Memorial Hospital South in Stuart, FL. He had been a resident of Jensen Beach for the past year coming from Crown Pointe, Indiana. Wasserott and her husband Jason; eight grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren.
He served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Survivors include his loving wife of 62 years, Carol Benoit, one son, Marc R. Visitation will be held from pm – pm, Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Aycock Funeral Home, 950 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach, FL 34957, Tel # (772) 334-1200.
The film was on the whole a very happy experience for her.