Maria von Trapp, 99, of the musical family
She was the last surviving member of the seven original Trapp Family Singers, the third child of Austrian Naval Capt. Georg von Trapp and his first wife, Agathe Whitehead von Trapp. Their seven children were the basis for the singing family in the 1959 Broadway musical and 1965 film, which won the Oscar for best picture. Maria von Trapp was portrayed as Louisa in the film and musical.
The Sound of Music was based loosely on a 1949 book by von Trapp's second wife, also Maria von Trapp, who died in 1987. It tells the story of an Austrian woman who marries a widower with seven children and teaches them music.
In 1938, the family escaped from Austria. After they arrived in New York, the family became popular with concert audiences. They eventually settled in Vermont, where they opened a ski lodge in Stowe.