Beloved English actress Julie Andrews receives the American Film Institute’s highest honor for a career in film.
The 48th AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute Gala celebrated Julie Andrews on Thursday, June 9 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.
As part of the celebration, the actors who played the von Trapp children in The Sound Of Music (1965) gathered to pay tribute to Andrews, who was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her role as Maria von Trapp in the classic musical drama.
Reunited: Five of the seven actors who played the von Trapp children in The Sound Of Music attended the 48th annual AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Julie Andrews, including Duane Chase, Kym Karath, Angela Cartwright, Debbie Turner and Nicholas Hammond
Honored: English actress Julie Andrews, 86, received the American Film Institute (AFI) Life Achievement Award at a gala at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on Thursday
In the film, the mother abbess (Peggy Wood) sends Maria (Julie Andrews) to the villa of retired naval officer Captain Georg von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) to be governess to her seven children: Liesl , Friedrich, Louisa, Kurt, Brigitta, Marta and Gretl.
Some 57 years after its release, five of those seven child actors were able to attend the ceremony honoring Andrews.
Before the ceremony, these five actors walked the red carpet for a series of photographs together.
And what’s more: they all coordinated their black and white clothing choices for the festive event.
The von Trapp children: The seven von Trap children played a central role in The Sound Of Music; Principal Lady Julie Andrews is pictured with co-stars (left to right) Debbie Turner, Angela Cartwright, Duane Chase, Kym Karath, Heather Menzies, Nicholas Hammond and Charmian Carr
Reunited: The five actors who played the von Trapp children color-coordinated in black and white; pictured are Duane Chase, 71, Kym Karath, 63, Angela Cartwright, 69, Debbie Turner, 65, and Nicholas Hammond, 72; sadly, the two remaining child actors Charmian Carr (Liesl) and Heather Menzies (Louisa) both passed away in recent years
Playing the role of Kurt von Trapp in the film, Duane Chase, now 71, looked handsome in a black suit and bow tie with a white shirt.
Kym Karath, 63, showed off her fashion sense in a gorgeous, curve-hugging black dress. She played Gretl, the youngest of the Von Trapp children.
Angela Cartwright, 69, stood in the middle during the red carpet shoot in a pretty sheer black dress. She portrayed Brigitta in the iconic musical, which ended up receiving 10 Oscar nominations.
Debbie Turner, 65, who had the honor of playing Marta, opted for a black and silver dress.
And the man who played Friedrich, Nicholas Hammond, also opted for a classic combination of black suit and black bow tie. The 72-year-old actor would also add a white shirt to the ensemble.
The Sound Of Music garnered 10 Academy Award nominations, including five, including Best Picture and Best Director for Robert Wise; actors Kym Karath, Angela Cartwright, Debbie Turner and Nicholas Hammond strike another pose
Child star: Alongside The Sound Of Music, Angela Cartwright is also known for her role as Linda Williams, the stepdaughter of Danny Williams in the 1950s series The Danny Thomas Show and Penny Robinson in the 1960s series Lost In Space
Sadly, the two remaining child actors to play the von Trapp children have passed away.
Charmian Carr, who played Liesl, died in September 2016 at the age of 73. And the actress who played Louisa, Heather Menzies was 68 when she died in December 2017.
The AFI event for Andrews was originally scheduled for 2020, but was postponed due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Julie Andrews has sent spirits soaring through the generations,” said Bob Gazzale, IFA President and CEO. “This new date for her AFI tribute enriches our anticipation of celebrating her in a dignified way at a time when the world needs it most.”
Andrews, 86, is a three-time Oscar nominee, including Best Actress for The Sound Of Music; winner once for her role in Mary Poppins (1964).
The Surrey, England native’s performance in The Sound Of Music won her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical.
Iconic films: Cartwright made her first film appearance at the age of three as the daughter of Paul Newman in Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)
Legendary: Andrews has earned three Oscar nominations during his career, including for The Sound Of Music; his only win was for Mary Poppins (1964)
The Sound Of Music, which was an adaptation of the 1959 play of the same name, was released on March 2, 1965.
Besides Andrews and the child stars, the film also starred Christopher Plummer, Richard Haydn, Peggy Wood, Eleanor Parker, Anna Lee, Portia Nelson, Ben Wright, Daniel Truhitte, Norma Varden, Gil Stuar, Marni Nixon, Evadne Baker and Doris . Lloyd.
It became a real hit, earning the distinction of being the first movie to gross over $100 million. Over the years, the film would end up earning over $286 million at the box office.
Adjusted for inflation, The Sound Of Music grossed an estimated $2.366 billion at 2014 prices, placing it among the ten highest-grossing films of all time.
Bonafide hit: The Sound Of Music became the first film to surpass $100 million at the box office; pictured stars Charmian Carr, Kym Karath, Nicholas Hammond, Julie Andrews, Debbie Turner, Angela Cartwright and Duane Chase