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‘Sound of Music’ star Julie Andrews reflects on recent reunion with von Trapp children: ‘We’re family’

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Julie Andrews has never said "so long, farewell" to her "Sound of Music" family. On Wednesday, the actress appeared on the "Today Show," where she discussed her close bond with the remaining cast of the 1965 film.

Several of the cast members who played the von Trapp children, including Nicholas Hammond (Friedrich), Duane Chase (Kurt), Angela Cartwright (Brigitta), Debbie Turner (Marta) and Kym Karath (Gretl) reunited earlier this month for the 86-year-old’s AFI Life Achievement Award ceremony. "We do keep in touch, but not on a really regular basis," Andrews explained. "I mean, Christmases, maybe birthdays and certainly get-togethers, but we just bonded so hard that I think we’re family anyway." The recent reunion was bittersweet for the star.

Christopher Plummer, who played Capt. Georg von Trapp, her love interest in the film, died last year at age 91. (L-R) Debbie Turner, Angela Cartwright, honoree Julie Andrews, Nicholas Hammond, Kym Karath and Duane Chase attend the AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Julie Andrews at Dolby Theatre June 9, 2022, in Hollywood. (Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images for AFI) "We were friends for years," said Andrews, adding that she "adored" him tremendously. "It really was the most beautifully crafted movie," she said. "I mean, the details in the movie, first of all, the scenery, children, song, music – all of it." The classic musical tells the story of the real-life von Trapp family, which escaped the Nazis in Austria.

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