February 28, 2000 12:00 PM

A Memoir of The Sound of Music

by Charmian Carr with Jean A.S. Strauss

Baby boomers who still tear up at “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” will probably be shocked to learn that Charmian Carr—who performed that song as Liesl von Trapp in 1965’s The Sound of Music—is now a grandmother and interior decorator pushing 60. But that’s about the only rude awakening in Carr’s PG-rated look back at the making of the Rodgers and Hammerstein movie classic. Rest assured, fans, the hills of Austria were hardly alive with the sound of the cast squabbling. And for Carr, a 21-year-old physician’s assistant when she was plucked for her first (and only) major movie role, playing Liesl seems to have been the high point of her life. The only sour notes are sounded by Christopher Plummer, who dissed the song “Edelweiss” as “schmaltzy” and was chilly toward all the kids but Carr (but he denies ever calling the film “the sound of mucus” as rumored). When Plummer flirted shamelessly with his onscreen daughter—and plied Carr with champagne in a Salzburg bar—well, those were a few of her favorite things. (Viking, $23.95)

Bottom Line: Sweetly sentimental

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