Just came across a video of Julie Andrews and the real Maria Von Trapp as well as a radio interview that Maria did with CBC in Canada when she visited Expo in 1967.
I'm posting some pictures that I took while visiting Stowe, Vermont, which was Maria's home once she left Austria and moved to the United States.
>>listen to radio interview
Maria von Trapp appearing on 'The Julie Andrew Hour' in 1973
Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont
Mural inside lodge showing von Trapp family tree
We got a thrill in 1975 when our family got to meet her!
(I think she was happy that we knew her story and were not just there to look for Julie Andrews. That's me on the left looking unimpressed but I definitely was in awe at the time!)
Took my daughter to Stowe in 1996. This chapel is built up the mountain from the lodge.We climbed a steep, narrow path to get to it so I wondered how they managed to construct it back in 1950. Werner von Trapp built it in thanksgiving for his safe return from wartime service.
The final resting place of Maria and the Captain...
A view looking down into the valley from the lookout at the Trapp Family Lodge
Back: Eleanore, George, Maria, Johannes, Johanna, Hedwig
Front: Agathe, Werner, Martina, Rosemarie, Maria, Rupert
(taken in 1942)
Maria, Rosemarie, Eleanore, Johanna, Martina, Agathe, Hedwig
with Fr. Franz Wazner
The real von Trapps had no input into nor made any money from the enormously successful musical and movie.
>>The Sound of Music: The Making of America's Favorite Movie
>>Timeline of Trapp Family at the Lodge's website
(Read more about the real Maria,