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Maria Von Trapp Dies at 99

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FILE - Baroness Maria Von Trapp rehearses Mary Small and Barney Hodges in a scene from the play “The Sound of Music,” which was based on her own life in Austria, Stowe, Vermont, Aug. 9, 1966.

FILE - Baroness Maria Von Trapp rehearses Mary Small and Barney Hodges in a scene from the play “The Sound of Music,” which was based on her own life in Austria, Stowe, Vermont, Aug. 9, 1966.

Maria von Trapp, the last surviving member of the singing family whose story was told in The Sound of Music, has died at 99.

A spokeswoman at the family's lodge in the U.S. state of Vermont says she died Tuesday.

Maria was a member of the Trapp Family Singers. They toured Europe before fleeing their native Austria when the Nazis marched into the country in 1938.

The family settled in Vermont, where in 1942 they opened an inn.

Maria von Trapp chronicled her family's story in a 1949 book, which was adapted into a Broadway musical called The Sound of Music.

The show was made into an internationally beloved film starring Julie Andrews.

Maria was represented in the film as the character Louisa.

Some information for this report comes from AP.
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