On this day: the death of Martina von Trapp

image-of-martina-von-trapp-martina-von-trapp-the-inspiration-for-the-character-of-gretl-in-the-sound-of-music-died-giving-birth-to-her-first-child-on-the-25th-of-february-1951

Martina von Trapp, the inspiration for the character of Gretl in The Sound of Music, died giving birth to her first child on the 25th of February, 1951. She was thirty at the time.

Martina was not particularly similar to her movie version, as she had dark hair and eyes, and was in her late teens when she left Austria, not five, as she is in the movie.

She was buried in Vermont, holding her stillborn daughter.

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “On this day: the death of Martina von Trapp

  1. How very sad. I had no idea.

    • Sonya Heaney says:

      I suppose it didn’t really fit in with the happy ending the film wanted to sell us! So little of the true stories of this family were represented in the movie.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s