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 Posted:   Dec 25, 2017 - 4:34 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/dec/25/sound-of-music-actor-heather-menzies-urich-dies-aged-68

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 25, 2017 - 4:42 PM   
 By:   Mike_J   (Member)

Way too young to die.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 25, 2017 - 4:55 PM   
 By:   Jim Cleveland   (Member)

I was just getting ready to post this:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/celebrity/sound-of-music-actress-heather-menzies-urich-dead-at-68/ar-BBHkKab?li=BBnb7Kz

I remember she was really gorgeous back in the 70's and 80's.
Like you said....WAY too young. frown

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 25, 2017 - 6:50 PM   
 By:   TacktheCobbler   (Member)

Strangely enough, I was rewatching Sound of Music that day. It's still sad and again, way too young.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 25, 2017 - 7:35 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

SOM meant so much to those kid actors. I recall reading how 14-year-old Nicholas Hammond was very upset during the last day of filming--it was the scene after they got soaked and the Captain is moved when he hears the children sing the title song--and you can see his shoulders shaking. He loved Christopher Plummer. So when Liesl died last year as has Louisa now, it must be devastating for them all fifty plus years later.

 
 Posted:   Dec 25, 2017 - 8:47 PM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

I like The Sound of Music, but whenever I hear of Heather Menzies, I think of Logan's Run. That's the show that announced her existence to me.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 26, 2017 - 6:01 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

whenever I hear of Heather Menzies, I think of Logan's Run.
Same here.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 27, 2017 - 10:23 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Me three!
I fancied the pants off her in that show. I was about 13, she was running around in THAT skimpy pink slip of a dress.
She was GORGEOUS!!!
Nice to see she had a relatively normal and happy life for a Hollywood starlet, even if she did lose her husband quite early (I liked him as an actor too and he came across as a nice dude).
Life is so cruel sometimes, but she seemed to have happiness in her limited time on earth.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 27, 2017 - 6:04 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

from today's (print) NY Times--

Heather Menzies-Urich, ‘Sound of Music’ Actress, Dies at 68
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS



Heather Menzies-Urich, third from the right, with the rest of the von Trapp family from “The Sound of Music.” Credit 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

Heather Menzies-Urich, an actress best known for playing one of the singing von Trapp children in the hit 1965 film “The Sound of Music,” died on Sunday in Frankford, Ontario. She was 68.

Her son, the actor Ryan Urich, told Variety that she died not long after learning she had brain cancer.

Ms. Menzies-Urich — who was known as Heather Menzies throughout her acting career — played Louisa von Trapp, the third-oldest of the seven singing von Trapp children, in “The Sound of Music,” one of the most successful movies on the 1960s. Adapted from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway musical, it starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer and won five Academy Awards, including best picture.

“Heather was part of ‘the family.’ There is really no other way to describe the members of the cast of the movie of ‘The Sound of Music,’ ” Ted Chapin, president and chief creative officer of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization, said in a statement.

Charmian Carr, who portrayed the eldest von Trapp daughter, Liesl, in the movie, died last year.
Heather Menzies was born in Toronto on Dec. 3, 1949. She moved to the United States with her family when she was 11 and attended Hollywood High School. “The Sound of Music” was her first film.

She went on to appear in “Hawaii” (1966), alongside her “Sound of Music” co-star Ms. Andrews, as well as “Piranha” (1978), “Endangered Species” (1982) and other movies. On television, she was a regular on the 1977-78 science-fiction series “Logan’s Run” and also seen on “Dragnet,” “Bonanza,” “Marcus Welby, M.D.” and other shows, including “Vegas,” which starred her husband, Robert Urich.

Ms. Menzies-Urich married Mr. Urich in 1975. He died of cancer in 2002. After his death, Ms. Menzies-Urich established the Robert Urich Foundation to raise funds for cancer research.

In addition to her son Ryan, she is survived by two daughters, Allison and Emily, several grandchildren and a great-grandchild, Variety reported.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2017 - 8:16 AM   
 By:   leagolfer   (Member)

I didn't know Heather that well, but Piranha by Dante was a good film as she played lead investigator tracing missing kids, people, it all stems from there at the reservoir, Logan's Run tv I can't really remember her as Jessica 6, but I'm keen to view her career, she was a talented lady, 68 is no age, really-sad.

R.I.P. Heather Menzies-Urich. Thank you.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2017 - 4:29 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

Me three!
I fancied the pants off her in that show. I was about 13, she was running around in THAT skimpy pink slip of a dress.
She was GORGEOUS!!!
Nice to see she had a relatively normal and happy life for a Hollywood starlet, even if she did lose her husband quite early (I liked him as an actor too and he came across as a nice dude).
Life is so cruel sometimes, but she seemed to have happiness in her limited time on earth.


She was also in Playboy's August '73 issue!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2017 - 4:31 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

from today's (print) NY Times--

Heather Menzies-Urich, ‘Sound of Music’ Actress, Dies at 68
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS



Heather Menzies-Urich, third from the right, with the rest of the von Trapp family from “The Sound of Music.” Credit 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

Heather Menzies-Urich, an actress best known for playing one of the singing von Trapp children in the hit 1965 film “The Sound of Music,” died on Sunday in Frankford, Ontario. She was 68.

Her son, the actor Ryan Urich, told Variety that she died not long after learning she had brain cancer.

Ms. Menzies-Urich — who was known as Heather Menzies throughout her acting career — played Louisa von Trapp, the third-oldest of the seven singing von Trapp children, in “The Sound of Music,” one of the most successful movies on the 1960s. Adapted from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway musical, it starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer and won five Academy Awards, including best picture.

“Heather was part of ‘the family.’ There is really no other way to describe the members of the cast of the movie of ‘The Sound of Music,’ ” Ted Chapin, president and chief creative officer of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization, said in a statement.

Charmian Carr, who portrayed the eldest von Trapp daughter, Liesl, in the movie, died last year.
Heather Menzies was born in Toronto on Dec. 3, 1949. She moved to the United States with her family when she was 11 and attended Hollywood High School. “The Sound of Music” was her first film.

She went on to appear in “Hawaii” (1966), alongside her “Sound of Music” co-star Ms. Andrews, as well as “Piranha” (1978), “Endangered Species” (1982) and other movies. On television, she was a regular on the 1977-78 science-fiction series “Logan’s Run” and also seen on “Dragnet,” “Bonanza,” “Marcus Welby, M.D.” and other shows, including “Vegas,” which starred her husband, Robert Urich.

Ms. Menzies-Urich married Mr. Urich in 1975. He died of cancer in 2002. After his death, Ms. Menzies-Urich established the Robert Urich Foundation to raise funds for cancer research.

In addition to her son Ryan, she is survived by two daughters, Allison and Emily, several grandchildren and a great-grandchild, Variety reported.


Eerily ironic that she would too die of cancer. R.I.P. Heather Menzies.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2017 - 1:26 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Heather Menzies made her feature film debut playing "Louisa," one of the Von Trapp children in 1965's THE SOUND OF MUSIC.

At the beginning of filming, Menzies was about three inches taller than Nicholas Hammond ("Friedrich"). He had to wear heel lifts to make him look taller. By the end of the shoot, Hammond had grown six inches (5'3" to 5'9"). He often filmed in no shoes, and Charmian Carr had to stand on a box to make her taller. All of the Von Trapp children grew a lot during filming, so heel lifts and various camera tricks were used to keep their heights steady.

In one scene, the children become so excited when their father, the Baron, returns that they fall out of a rowboat in the lake. Kym Karath ("Gretl") couldn't swim, so the original plan was to get Julie Andrews to catch her when the boat tipped up and they all fell in the water. However, during the second take, the boat toppled over so that Andrews fell to one side and Karath fell to the other. Heather Menzies had to save Karath instead. Because Karath had swallowed too much water after falling out of the rowboat, she threw up on Menzies. Andrews stated later she felt guilty about this incident for years.



Robert Wise directed the film. The most recent release of the RCA soundtrack for the film was its 50th Anniversary Edition in 2015.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2017 - 11:42 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Heather Menzies appeared with Julie Andrews again in the 1966 epic HAWAII. Menzies played "Mercy Bromley," the younger sister of Andrews' "Jerusha Bromley." George Roy Hill directed the film. Elmer Bernstein's re-recorded score was released on a United Artists LP. The LP was re-issued, along with the original soundtrack, by Varese Sarabande in 2003.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2017 - 11:50 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Debbie Reynolds co-starred with James Garner in 1968's HOW SWEET IT IS!. As the film opens, "Jenny Henderson" (Reynolds) discovers that her son has arranged to accompany his girl friend, on a European tour, and arranges to have "Grif" (Garner), her photographer husband, assigned to cover the tour for a magazine. Heather Menzies was one of a dozen girls (including Penny Marshall) who had a bit part as a "tour girl." Jerry Paris directed this comedy, which was released by National General's own newly formed distribution arm, National General Pictures. Pat Williams' score was released on an RCA LP, which was re-issued on CD by Vocalion in 2015.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2017 - 12:13 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Menzies had a bit part as "Molly Adams" in the 1969 generation gap drama HAIL, HERO!. Michael Douglas starred in the film, which was directed by David Miller. The score by Jerome Morris (his last) has not had a release.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2017 - 12:25 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

OUTSIDE IN told the story of a young man, "Ollie Wilson" (Darrell Larson) who, having fled to Canada to avoid being drafted into the army, comes home for his father's funeral. Heather Menzies co-starred in the film (and received her first poster credit) as "Chris," a young, naïve woman with whom Ollie starts an affair. The 1972 film was directed by Allen Baron. Randy Edelman's score (his first) was released on an MGM LP, but has not been re-issued on CD.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2017 - 12:47 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Heather Menzies co-starred with Strother Martin and Dirk Benedict in the 1973 snake horror film SSSSSSS. In the film, a college student (Benedict) becomes a lab assistant to a scientist (Martin) who is working on a serum that can transform humans into snakes.

A nude bathing scene, featuring Heather Menzies as "Kristine Stoner" and Dirk Benedict as "David Blake," was blurred, reflecting the character Kristine's poor eyesight and enabling the movie to earn a [PG] rating. Her glasses were also used as a tool to explain why Kristine could have intimate moments with David and not realize that he was changing into a cobra.

Bernard L. Kowalski directed the film, his last theatrical feature. Patrick Williams' score has not had a release.

Dirk Benedict, Heather Menzies, and Strother Martin


 
 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2017 - 1:18 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Heather Menzies had her only recurring role in a television series with the 1977 sci-fi show "Logan's Run", a spin-off from the 1976 MGM feature film of the same name. The series starred Gregory Harrison as title character "Logan 5," and Menzies as "Jessica 6."



The series maintained the basic premise and visual style of the film in that Logan and Jessica had escaped from the "City of Domes" so that they would not have to die once they reached the age of 30. However, the series differed from the plot of the movie in various ways, and depicted Logan and Jessica on the run in each episode in various locations on future Earth as they search for the mythical place known as "Sanctuary." Logan and Jessica were also assisted in each episode by an android called "Rem" (Donald Moffat) who did not appear in the film version.



In a 2017 interview, Heather Menzies stated that Dirk Benedict and her SOUND OF MUSIC co-star Nicholas Hammond also auditioned for the role of Logan 5. When asked for her opinion on the series' quick demise, she replied: " I think they needed to spend more money on the visuals. STAR WARS came out around that time and we couldn’t really compete with that."

"Logan's Run" debuted on CBS at 9 PM on Friday, 16 September 1977. It aired opposite Friday Night Movies on both ABC and NBC, where it faltered in the ratings. After just three episodes had aired, the show was moved to Monday nights at 8 PM, opposite "The San Pedro Beach Bums" on ABC, and "Little House on the Prairie" on NBC, which was the #7 rated series that season. That spelled the end of the series, which was removed from the schedule so quickly that the last 3 of its 14 produced episodes never aired on the West Coast. (They were shown years later on Turner Network Television.)

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2017 - 1:46 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Heather Menzies co-starred in the 1978 horror film PIRANHA. Menzies played "Maggie McKeown", a young investigator for a “skip tracing” company, who travels to the town of Lost River in search of two missing teenagers. When she questions recluse "Paul Grogan" (Bradford Dillman) and he mentions an abandoned military test site, Maggie convinces him to take her there.

In a nod to the film that inspired PIRANHA and other "animal attack" films like it, the video game that Maggie is playing toward the beginning of the movie is "Jaws." A waitress from the Holiday Inn where the director and crew were staying stood in for Heather Menzies during the topless shots because Menzies was concerned that her husband might not approve of the nude scene.

PIRANHA was director Joe Dante’s first solo directorial effort after editing trailers at New World Pictures. Roger Corman previously promoted Dante to co-direct HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD (1976) with Allan Arkush. Pino Donaggio's score was released on a Varese Sarabande LP. The LP was partially re-issued on CD by Varese in 1989 and fully re-issued in 2004.

Heather Menzies and Bradford Dillman


 
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