The hills are alive, with the sound of music, now doesn’t that make you want to start singing? The Sound of Music is a beloved American classic. The musical masterpiece won five Academy Awards and two Golden Globes and has rightfully earned its place as one of the greatest movies of all times. Even die-hard fans may be surprised by the secrets and scandals behind the scenes of the popular film. Continue reading to discover what the Von Trapp family are up to these days and the truths they kept hidden during filming!
The Real Maria Wasn’t in Love with Anybody
Maria and the entire von Trapp family were actually based on real people, but the movie did not get all the details exactly right. Maria, for instance, never fell in love at all. In The Sound of Music, it looks like Maria, fresh from the convent, falls head over heels in love with Captain Von Trapp the moment their eyes meet. Sadly, things didn’t happen quite that way.
In her biography from 1948, Maria in fact stated, “I liked him, but I didn’t love him. However, I loved the children, and so in a way I really married the children.” That is much less romantic than love at first sight, but still a nice sentiment.
There Was No Nazi Love Affair
In the theatrical version of the story, Liesl, the oldest von Trapp sibling, falls in love with a Nazi soldier, who later tries to turn them all in. This may be a nice plot twist, but it was completely made up by the screenwriters and never happened in reality. The writers felt that the love story would add some drama to the film.
The oldest von Trapp child was actually a boy named Rupert and not a girl named Liesl. When the movie came out, Rupert was 54 years old and working in Vermont as a doctor. Doctor Rupert liked to tell people that he was the inspiration for Liesl, without the Nazi love affair, of course.