‘Sound of Music’ star Julie Andrews says she remained ‘great friends’ with Christopher Plummer until his death


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Julie Andrews remembers her beloved friend, “Sound of Music” co-star Christopher Plummer.

The actress recently spoke with Vanity Fair, where she thanked the late actor for helping “get rid of the really sweet parts of the movie.”

“It’s really thanks to Chris Plummer who gave the film his glue,” said the 86-year-old. “He was the firm, stern father of the kids and the antagonist I had to work with. Chris was such a wonderful actor.”

Plummer played Andrews’ famous love interest, Captain von Trapp, in the 1965 musical. She said their bond lasted long after filming wrapped.

‘SOUND OF MUSIC’ STAR JULIE ANDREWS REFLECTS ON RECENT REUNION WITH VON TRAPP’S CHILDREN: ‘WE ARE FAMILY’

Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer in ‘The Sound Of Music’, directed by Robert Wise, 1965.
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“We became great friends, really until he passed away quite recently,” she said. “We saw each other a lot, we knew each other, he remained a friend, and it was very pleasant.”

Last month, Andrews opened up about his friendship with Plummer shortly after the film’s surviving actors reunited at his AFI Life Achievement Awards ceremony.

Nicholas Hammond, Duane Chase, Angela Cartwright, Debbie Turner and Kym Karath, who played the von Trapp children, surprised Andrews on stage.

“We keep in touch, but not on a very regular basis,” she told “Today” host Hoda Kotb. “I mean, Christmases, maybe birthdays and definitely get-togethers, but we’ve bonded so much that I think we’re family anyway.”

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Julie Andrews' "music sound" co-stars, from left, Debbie Turner, Angela Cartwright, Nicholas Hammond, Kym Karath and Duane Chase attend the AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Julie Andrews on June 9, 2022 in Hollywood.

Julie Andrews’ ‘Sound of Music’ co-stars, from left, Debbie Turner, Angela Cartwright, Nicholas Hammond, Kym Karath and Duane Chase attend the AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Julie Andrews on June 9, 2022 at Hollywood.
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Andrews noted that she “adored” Plummer, adding that “we had been friends for years.”

The reunion was bittersweet for Andrews. Plummer died last February at the age of 91. Charmian Carr, who played Liesl, died in 2016 aged 73 from complications from a rare form of dementia. Her on-screen sister Heather Menzies-Urich, who played Louisa, died in 2017 at age 68 after being diagnosed with cancer.

At the time of Plummer’s death, Andrews sent a statement to Fox News Digital which read, “The world lost a consummate actor today and I lost a cherished friend. I cherish the memories of our work together and everything the humor and fun we have shared over the years.My heart and condolences go out to his lovely wife Elaine and daughter Amanda.

In 2018, Angela Cartwright, who played Brigitta, spoke to Fox News Digital about what it was like working with Andrews on “The Sound of Music.”

‘SOUND OF MUSIC’ STARS, WHO PLAYED VON TRAPP CHILDREN, GATHER TO HONOR JULIE ANDREWS AT AFI’S TRIBUTE

Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer attend the screening of "The sound of music" during the TCM Classic Film Festival on March 26, 2015 in Los Angeles.

Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer attend the ‘The Sound of Music’ screening during the TCM Classic Film Festival on March 26, 2015 in Los Angeles.
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“I loved him,” the 69-year-old said at the time. “We all did it. You can kind of tell it in the movie. We totally enjoyed her. She kissed us from the start. She sang to us in between takes and we were dancing. She just did” Mary Poppins” then she would sing all those songs from that movie. I mean, you can really tell we loved her. She’s got such a talent. She has such an amazing voice, and it was such a great experience.

She also noted that the cast shares a close bond today.

“It’s fascinating because sometimes you make a movie, and you don’t really see each other or keep in touch anymore,” Cartwright explained. “But we all stayed in touch. We certainly got together for celebrations and reunions. Whenever we lose a cast member, we always feel like we lose a family member. We all know what happens in everyone’s life and we’ve continued to do so for over 50 years [since filming].”


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