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R.I.P., The Last Member of the von Trapp Family Singers

(Image: 20th Century Fox)

The 1965 musical film The Sound of Music told a somewhat fictionalized story of the von Trapp family. That family fled Austria when it was annexed by Nazi Germany. The von Trapps came to America and thrived as a singing group.

During World War II, the family established a hotel in Stowe, Vermont that is now the Trapp Family Lodge. The last member of that family, Maria von Trapp, died last week at the age of 99. She was the third oldest of the seven children. Ms. von Trapp taught Austrian folk dancing to and played the accordion for guests at the lodge.

You can read more about her and see pictures (and you should--she's very photogenic) at the New York Daily News.

-via The Hairpin


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