… that Marni Nixon, better known as the woman who contributed the on-screen singing voice for Natalie Wood in West Side Story and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, made her on-screen debut in The Sound of Music. She played one of the singing nuns (Sister Sophia) at the Abby.
Visit our Tribute to West Side Story and our Tribute to My Fair Lady. And here's an interesting interview with her about her "ghost-singing".
… that the real Maria Von Trapp had a cameo appearance in The Sound of Music. She can be seen in the background when Maria walks through a brick archway during I Have Confidence number.
... that you can hear Julie Andrews and the real Maria Von Trapp sing Edelweiss on The Julie Andrews Show.
... that the movie, while beautiful and inspiring, was not a 100% accurate portrayal of how Maria Von Trapp became part of the Von Trapp family. For example, there were 10 Von Trapp children not seven. You can find out the rest of whole truth of this fascinating story in an article in the National Archives.
... that when the Von Trapps left Austria then ended up in the United States ... Vermont to be exact. The family eventually bought a Lodge in the city of Stowe. Today the Trapp Family Lodge is still owned and operated by descendents of the famous Von Trapp Family Singers and you can stay in this European-style chalet and soak in the history of this family.
... that is you are ever in Salzburg, Austria you can take the The Original Sound of Music Tour which will take you to all of the locations where The Sound of Music was filmed including the church where the wedding scene was filmed and the gazebo where the love scene was filmed.
... in Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett performed together at Carnegie Hall. One of the routines was this The Sound of Music spoof called "The Pratt Family". Very funny!
... in 1995, to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the release of The Sound of Music, Julie Andrews appeared on an ABC special where she shares some behind-the-scenes treasures:
... in 2005, to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the release of The Sound of Music, ABC Good Morning America hosted a reunion of Julie Andrews and the actors who played the seven Von Trapp children.
... in 2002, Ann Curry does an extended piece on The Sound of Music for The Today Show featuring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and some of the real Von Trapp descendants.
... Just for fun! A Sound of Music Flash Mob in Belgium's Central Station Antwerp:
The Sound of Music On Location
Grauman's/Mann's Chinese Theater Footprints
Julie Andrews is just one of the many legendary celebrities to leave hand and footprints outside the famous Grauman's (now Mann's) Chinese Theater.
Julie Andrews Prints
Mann's Chinese Theater
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA SEE MAP
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
In the early 1960's, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce developed the idea of the "Hollywood Walk of Fame." The sidewalks of the most famous streets in the heart of Hollywood were lined with "stars" recognizing celebrities' life-long contributions to the entertainment industry. Receiving a star is still to this day considered a huge honor. Here's where you can find the stars of Julie Andrews and Eleanor Parker:
Julie Andrews Walk of Fame Star (Motion Pictures)
6901 Hollywood Blvd.
Eleanor Parker Walk of Fame Star (Motion Pictures)
6340 Hollywood Blvd.