Rosmarie Trapp, a member of the singing family made famous by the musical and film ‘The Sound of Music’ and the last surviving daughter of Baron Georg Johannes von Trapp, the family patriarch, died May 13 at a home retirement home in Morrisville, Vt. She was 93 years old.
The Trapp Family Lodge, the family business in Stowe, Vermont, announced his death on Tuesday.
Mrs Trapp (who dropped the “von” from her name years ago) was the daughter of Georg and Maria Augusta (Kutschera) von Trapp, the future nun who became governess with the family and eventually married the Baron.
Rosmarie is not featured in ‘The Sound of Music’, which focuses on the seven children Georg von Trapp had with his first wife, although she was actually almost 10 when the family fled Austria in 1938 after that country fell under Nazi rule. Among the many liberties “The Sound of Music” took with the family history was the timeline – Georg and Maria actually married in 1927, not a decade later.
Either way, Rosmarie has traveled and performed with the Trapp Family Singers for years and was present at the lodge in Stowe, where she arranged songs for guests. She admitted, however, that it took her a while to embrace the fame the musical thrust upon her after her Broadway debut in 1959, beginning a three-year run, and then being adapted into a 1965 film. , which won Best Picture. Oscar.
“I used to think I was a museum,” she told the Chicago Tribune in 1997, while evangelizing on behalf of the Fellowship of the Crucified, a Pennsylvania-based church, “but I can’t escape it”.
“Now I use it as a tool,” she added. “I’m no longer a victim of it.”
Rosmarie Agathe Erentrudis von Trapp was born on February 8, 1929 in the Aigen district of Salzburg, Austria. (She adopted Barbara as a middle name when applying for her Social Security card.) The family began singing publicly in 1930s Europe, but the Baron had no interest in cooperating with Hitler once the Nazis took over, and so the family left. Austria, take a train to Italy. (The original “Sound of Music” performance was fictionalized.)
The family gave their first concert in New York, at Town Hall, in December 1938 and soon moved to the United States, first to Pennsylvania, then to Vermont.
“We chose America because it was furthest from Hitler,” Ms. Trapp told Florida’s Palm Beach Post in 2007, when she spoke to students in the musical theater program and teachers. Holocaust Studies class at William T. Dwyer High School in Palm. Gardens by the beach.
The family singing group continued to perform well into the 1950s. Toward the end of the decade, Mrs. Trapp and other members of her family traveled to New Guinea to do missionary work for several years. Mrs Trapp’s father died in 1947 and her mother died in 1987.
Mrs. Trapp’s brother, Johannes von Trapp, is the last living member of the original family singers and her only immediate survivor.
The Trapp Family Singers’ repertoire, of course, did not include any of the songs later composed by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II for “The Sound of Music,” but when Mrs. Trapp gave talks like the Florida High School one, she would gladly take requests for a number or two of the musical. What did she think of the film?
“It was a good movie,” she told the Post in 2007. “But it wasn’t like my life.”