Debbie Turner

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Debbie Turner
Born (1956-09-05) September 5, 1956 (age 61)
Pasadena, California, U.S.
Richard Larson (m. 1980)
Children 4

Debbie Turner (born September 5, 1956) is an American actress and former child star who played the role of Marta von Trapp in the film The Sound of Music.

Life and career[edit]

Turner was reared in Arcadia, California,[1] where she grew up as the third daughter of Canadian parents. Along with her older sisters Michele and Patricia, and younger brother Kel, she was active in television and commercials.[2] In 1964 she won the role of Marta Von Trapp in The Sound of Music.[3] Shortly after the film's debut, she left the film industry and returned to school to complete her education.

As an adult, she pursued interior design in Beverly Hills and Newport Beach, California, eventually opening a floral and event design company now known as "Debbie Turner Originals." That business encompassed a wide range of design styles, of which the initial focus was floral arrangements and events coordination. Since the early 1990s, she has been designing collectible Santa Claus Dolls as well. Her company was awarded the title "Preferred Florist" for the Republican National Convention held in Saint Paul, Minnesota in September 2008.

In 1985, Turner relocated to Chanhassen, Minnesota where she raised four daughters with her husband Rick. Though not currently active in the film industry, she regularly visits with her Sound of Music family and has made a number of television appearances, including The Oprah Winfrey Show where she discussed the 45th anniversary of The Sound of Music. In addition, Turner was selected as one of three float judges for the 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade.


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