The von Trapp saga was told in "The Sound of Music."

Maria Franziska, the last member of the von Trapp family that inspired "The Sound of Music," has died at 99 at her home in Vermont, a friend confirmed to the Austrian Times.

The family fled Salzburg when the Nazis arrived, and their musical performances in the U.S. made them famous. They were immortalized in the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway production "The Sound of Music," which later became an Oscar-winning movie starring Julie Andrews. 

Maria Franziska was the last of the seven brothers and sisters from the von Trapp family who was still alive, the report said.

Family friend Marianne Dorfer, who runs the von Trapp Villa Hotel in Salzburg, told the Austrian Times: "It was a surprise that she was the one in the family to live the longest because ever since she was a child she suffered from a weak heart. It was the fact that she suffered from this that her father decided to hire Maria von Trapp to teach her and her brothers and sisters. That of course then led to one of the most remarkable musical partnerships of the last century."

Read more about the von Trapp legacy here.

 


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