The Sound of Music's Liesl von Trapp star Charmian Carr is unrecognisable 56 years on from film debut

THE HILLS were well and truly alive with the Sound of Music back in 1965, when the infamous musical movie first hit our screens.

The hit film follows the story of Austrian nun-in-training Maria – played by Julie Andrews – who ends up working as a nanny for the rich Von Trapp family.

The tale is set in 1938 as the lead character ends up falling for the father of the seven von Trapp children, then becoming their step-mother.

It's been a whopping 56 years since the film was first released, and all of its stars look completely different to what they did back then, especially the von Trapps.

The seven-strong brood was made up of two sons and five daughters; Friedrich von Trapp, Louisa von Trapp, Kurt von Trapp, Brigitta von Trapp, Marta von Trapp, Gretl von Trapp and of course the eldest, Liesel von Trapp.

Charmain Carr was the actress who played the stand-out role of Liesel, whose character was infamously "16 going on 17", in the film, as the song explained.

At the time, the star was actually 23-years-old, and beat out some huge names such as Geraldine Chaplin and Mia Farrow for the role.

Despite her popularity in the role, Charmain didn't continue acting and retired from the profession in order to start a family and found her own business.

She ran a successful interior design business over in California, and raised her two daughters of the following years.

However, she didn't put her Sound of Music fame all in the past, dedicating time to write two books on the experience titled Forever Liesl and Letters to Liesl.

In her 70s, Charmain still looked every bit as gorgeous as she did in the Sound of Music, and although she might not be instantly recognisable, her bright blue eyes still stood out.

Sadly, she passed away on September 17, 2016, aged 73 in her home of Los Angeles, California, due to the effects of frontotemporal dementia.

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