Lorli von Trapp Campbell, part of ‘Sound of Music’ family, dies at 90

Undated family photo of Lorli von Trapp Campbell.
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The second daughter of Maria von Trapp, whose Austrian family became known around the world after being depicted in the musical and beloved movie “The Sound of Music,” has died at 90.

Eleonore “Lorli” von Trapp Campbell died Sunday in Northfield, Vt. The death was confirmed by the Day Funeral Home in Randolph, Vt.

Campbell was born in Salzburg, Austria, the second daughter of Georg and Maria von Trapp and a younger half sibling to the older Von Trapp children who went on to be depicted in stage and film.


The family escaped Nazi-occupied Austria in 1938 and performed concert tours throughout Europe and America. The family settled in Vermont in the early 1940s and opened a ski lodge in Stowe.

The Austrian traditions her mother brought to Vermont from Europe played a big part in the family life, daughter Hope McAndrew said Thursday.

While McAndrew said they all knew every word from the songs from “The Sound of Music,” they also knew the songs the family sang while touring North America, long before the musicals and 1965 film, which won five Academy Awards, including best film. Julia Andrews and Christopher Plummer stared in the film.

Christopher Plummer, who portrayed Capt. Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music” and won an Oscar for “Beginners,” died early Friday with his wife at his side.

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“They did amazing Christmas concerts that she would describe to us. And they were really touching,” McAndrew said. “She had very fond memories of those Christmas concerts.”

“The Sound of Music,” was a musical play and movie based loosely on a 1949 book by Maria von Trapp, who died in 1987. It tells the story of an Austrian woman who married a widower with seven children and teaches them music.


Campbell’s father, Austrian naval Capt. Georg von Trapp and his first wife, Agathe Whitehead von Trapp, had seven children who were the basis for the singing family in the musical and film. Maria married the captain after Whitehead von Trapp died and taught her new stepchildren music. They are all now deceased.

Georg von Trapp and Maria von Trapp went on to have three more children, who were not depicted in the movie; Campbell was the second. Campbell’s siblings, Rosmarie von Trapp and Johannes von Trapp, live in Stowe.

Campbell’s first career was singing soprano as a member of the Trapp Family Singers, which traveled internationally and to nearly all of the United States, until she married Hugh David Campbell in 1954.

“The life of singing on tour is one that involves an extraordinary amount of discipline and hard work, and my mother lived as a teenager singing lead soprano, night after night after night, and toured much of the year, and it really shaped who she was,” Campbell’s daughter Elizabeth Peters said.

“She was a very disciplined, woman, and yet she missed out on many of the things that the rest of us enjoyed in high school and college years, and yet she was very grateful for all the travel and the experience she had,” Peters said.

After Campbell married in 1954, she and her husband, a coach and teacher, raised seven daughters.

In addition to her two remaining siblings, survivors include seven daughters, 18 grandchildren and six great-grandsons.