Winfrey reunites 'The Sound of Music' cast after 45 years

The entire cast of the 1965 Oscar-winning film reunited on the Oprah Winfrey Show for the first time in 45 years. The show also featured performance by the real Von Trapp great-grandchildren.

Nicholas Hammond, who played the eldest boy Friedrich in the movie, said the "kids" are still close and are currently working on a new project together.

"We realised that we have got this treasure trove of memorabilia that we have kept (from the shooting of the movie) — our home movies and photos and all of the stuff — and we are doing a book, the seven kids, and answering all the questions that everybody has asked," Hammond said.

"We thought now was our chance to kind of give that back to all the wonderful fans around the world." The book is expected to be out next year.

The actors reminisced about filming the movie and shared personal anecdotes during the one-hour show with Winfrey. Noting that the movie "made my career," Andrews, 75, said, "It was that big a movie, and we had no idea really at the beginning that it was going to be that huge."

Andrews was 28 and a new mom when she headed to Austria to shoot for her role as the nun-turned-governess 'Fraulein Maria.'

Andrews also spoke of her throat surgery in 1997, an operation that left her legendary voice permanently damaged.

"It was not a successful operation, and tissue was removed. I didn't have cancer, I didn't have nodules, I didn't have anything. So, sadly, I had to work to deal with the loss of a voice because it just didn't come back."

Plummer, who played the strict widower Captain Von Trapp, admitted having "fallen in love" with Andrews after seeing her on Broadway in 'My Fair Lady' a few years earlier.
Plummer said he was not thrilled with the role of Captain Von Trapp at first. "I wanted to do a musical, and that was what attracted it to me. But the part as written was not exactly Hamlet... There was not enough humour in it."

He said one of his main concerns with 'The Sound of Music' was that it had the potential to be "too sappy."

"It was pretty delicate stuff because it could have run overboard and become very mawkish and sentimental. So one day I called it 'The Sound of Mucus.'"
Plummer, 80, also recalled his drinking sessions in Austria during shooting, that had left him too big for his costume. The award-winning stage actor said he had never before done a group interview with the rest of the cast since the movie was released.On Winfrey's request, Plummer blew the iconic whistle on the show and as in the movie, the seven actors who played his children walked onto the set. The eldest daughter Liesl said she had a crush on Plummer. Charmian Carr was 21 when she played a 16-going-on-17-year-old Liesl. "He (Plummer) was so perfect, and he spoke with this perfect British accent."


The actors spent about nine months together while shooting and said they really forged a family. "We keep in touch at Christmas and the holidays," Andrews said.
When Heather Menzies-Urich, who played the second eldest daughter Louisa, lost her husband to cancer, she said her 'Sound of Music' siblings were there for her. "They all showed up," she said. "There is no DNA here, but they are a special kind of family. I am okay, and part of the reason I am okay is because of these guys right here."
Urich said she later posed for Playboy in the 1970s in a bid to shake off her squeaky clean image. "It did not work," she added.

'The Sound of Music', which captured the real life Von Trapp family's escape from Nazi-occupied Austria, won five Oscars including for Best Picture. Songs from the movie like 'My Favorite Things,' 'Climb Every Mountain' and '16 going on 17' are one of the best-selling soundtracks of all time.

A remastered 45th anniversary DVD and Blu-ray set, including sing-alongs, a map of filming locations, quizzes and a full length documentary, goes on sale on November 2.

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