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Sound of Music star Heather Menzies-Urich dies aged 68

Actor Heather Menzies-Urich dies
Menzies-Urich (third from left at rear) played second-eldest daughter Louisa. Photo: AAP
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Actress Heather Menzies-Urich, best known for portraying Louisa von Trapp in the classic 1965 film The Sound of Music, has died aged 68.

Menzies-Urich, the widow of actor Robert Urich, had been recently diagnosed with cancer, according to her son Ryan Urich.

Ryan said his mother died on Christmas Eve (US time), surrounded by her children and family members.

“She was an actress, a ballerina and loved living her life to the fullest,” he said.

“She was not in any pain but, nearly four weeks after her diagnosis of terminal brain cancer, she had enough and took her last breath on this earth at 7.22pm.”

Born in Toronto, Menzies-Urich’s first screen credit came in the TV series The Farmer’s Daughter in 1964. She was 15 when she was cast as the third-eldest of the seven von Trapp children in The Sound of Music, a box office smash that went on to win five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Her other feature films credits included Hawaii, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, Piranha, and Endangered Species. Her TV credits included Dragnet, Bonanza, Marcus Welby M.D., The Bob Newhart Show, and starring as Jessica 6 in the TV series Logan’s Run.

Actor Heather Menzies-Urich dies
Elisabeth von Trapp, cast member Heather Menzies-Urich and Johannes von Trapp at the film’s 40th anniversary. Photo: Getty

Menzies-Urich’s family moved from Canada to the Los Angeles area when she was a teenager. She was 14 when she landed the part of Louisa in the landmark 20th Century Fox production, directed by Robert Wise, that starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.

Menzies-Urich met her future husband while filming a commercial for Libby’s Corned Beef Hash in the mid-1970s. Robert died in 2002 of a rare form of cancer. Menzies-Urich created the Robert Urich Foundation and spent most of her time in recent years to the organisation that raises money for cancer research and support for cancer patients.