Heather Menzies

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Heather Menzies-Urich
Heather Menzies Logan's Run 1977 (cropped).JPG
Menzies in Logan's Run (1977)
Born
Heather Margaret Brotherston Menzies

(1949-12-03)December 3, 1949
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
DiedDecember 24, 2017(2017-12-24) (aged 68)
Carrying Place, Ontario, Canada[1]
OccupationActress, model, activist
Years active1964–1990
Spouse(s)
John Cluett
(m. 1969; div. 1973)

Robert Urich
(m. 1975; died 2002)
Children3

Heather Menzies-Urich (born Heather Margaret Brotherston Menzies; December 3, 1949 – December 24, 2017)[2] was a Canadian-American model and actress, known for her roles as Louisa von Trapp in the 1965 film The Sound of Music[3] and Jessica 6 in the TV series Logan's Run.[4]

Early life[edit]

Heather Margaret Brotherston Menzies[5] was born in Toronto on December 3, 1949, to Scottish parents[6][7] who had emigrated to Canada after the war.[8] Her father was a struggling artist. By Menzies' 14th birthday, she had lived in Vancouver, Miami, London, and Southern California. She had a younger sister Sheila, and an older brother Neil who died in 2019.[6]

Menzies was a graduate of John Burroughs High School in Burbank, CA, 1967, and she studied at Falcon Studio's University of the Arts.[9]

Career[edit]

Menzies' first appearance on-screen was in 1964, when she appeared in the TV series The Farmer's Daughter.[2] She was cast in The Sound of Music as Louisa, the third-oldest of the von Trapp children, at the age of 14, with no prior acting experience.[10] Menzies sang "So Long, Farewell" and the "Lonely Goatherd" in the film.[11]

Menzies went on to appear in a number of television series such as Alias Smith and Jones, T. J. Hooker, Dragnet, Room 222, Bonanza, Marcus Welby, M.D. and The Bob Newhart Show. She starred as Jessica 6 in the short-lived TV series Logan's Run.[11][12] In addition, Menzies appeared in Hawaii, How Sweet It Is!, Hail, Hero!, Piranha, and Endangered Species.[10][12]

Menzies was featured in Playboy magazine during 1973 in a pictorial titled "Tender Trapp",[10] in reference to her The Sound of Music role. She was later cast in four television films: The Keegans,[13] James Dean,[14] Tail Gunner Joe,[15] and Captain America.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Menzies married John Cluett in 1969 and divorced in 1973. She married Robert Urich in 1975. Urich and Menzies first met in 1974 while filming a commercial in which they got "married."[6][17] After his death in 2002, Menzies established the Robert Urich Foundation[18][19] and spent most of her time in her last years devoted to the organization that raises money for cancer research and support for cancer patients.[20]

Death[edit]

Heather Menzies-Urich was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in November 2017.[3] She died on December 24, 2017, twenty-one days after her 68th birthday.[21] Menzies-Urich was survived by three children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.[22]

Filmography[edit]

TV and Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1964-1965 The Farmer's Daughter Nancy Beth 3 episodes
1964 My Three Sons Mona Episode: The Ballad of Lissa Stratmeyer
1965 The Sound of Music Louisa Musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise [23]
1966 Hawaii Mercy Bromley Epic drama film directed by George Roy Hill [24]
1967-1969 Dragnet Various roles 5 episodes
1968 How Sweet It Is! Tour Girl Comedy film directed by Jerry Paris [25][26]
1969 Hail, Hero! Molly Adams Based on the novel of the same name by John Weston
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes Extra * Comedy film directed by Robert Butler * Uncredited
Room 222 Girl in Newspaper Office Episode: Funny Boy
1970 Bonanza Martha Thornton Episode: Thornton's Account
To Rome With Love Andrea Episode: Beautiful People
1971 The Smith Family Janie Bradford Episode: Cindy
1972 Outside In Chris Drama film directed by Allen Baron and G. D. Spradlin [27]
1973 Sssssss Kristina Stoner
The Bob Newhart Show Debbie Borden Episode: Not with My Sister You Don't
1974 Doctor Dan Joyce Morgan TV Movie
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law Sally Waite Episode: The Break In
1975 S.W.A.T. Sheri Episode: Time Bomb
1976 Barnaby Jones Melinda Marks Episode: Fraternity of Thieves
The Keegans Brandy Keegan TV Movie
James Dean Jan TV Movie
1977 Tail Gunner Joe Logan TV Movie
The Six Million Dollar Man Alison Harker Episode: Fires of Hell
1977-1978 Logan's Run Jessica Main Role
1978 Piranha Maggie Mckeown Satirical B horror film directed by Joe Dante [28]
1978–1979 The Love Boat Various roles 2 episodes
1979-1981 Vega$ Victoria Ballinger / Charlotte Henderson / Lisa 3 episodes
1979 Captain America Dr. Wendy Day TV Movie
1982 Endangered Species Susan Science fiction film directed and co-written by Alan Rudolph [29]
T.J. Hooker Dr. Kincaid Episode: A Kind of Rage
Gavilan Dr. Katherine Maitland Episode: Pirates
1987 Spenser: For Hire Miss Westmore Episode: The Road Back
1990 American Dreamer Episode: A Face in the Cloud

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Sound of Music' actress Heather Menzies-Urich dies at 68". The Trentonian. Associated Press. 26 December 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b McNary, Dave (December 25, 2017). "'Sound of Music' Actress Heather Menzies-Urich Dies at 68". Variety. Los Angeles: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Heather Menzies-Urich, The Sound of Music's Louisa von Trapp, dies". BBC News. London: BBC. December 25, 2017. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  4. ^ French, Megan (December 25, 2017). "Celebrity Deaths in 2017: Stars We've Lost". Us Weekly. New York City: American Media, Inc. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  5. ^ "Ancestry Library Edition". www.ancestrylibrary.com.
  6. ^ a b c Reilly, Sue (October 23, 1978). "Actress Heather Menzies' Bets Ride on Husband Bob Urich, a Winner on TV in Vega$". People. United States: Time Inc. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  7. ^ Us Weekly (December 25, 2017). "'Sound of Music' Actress Heather Menzies-Urich Dead at 68". MSN. United States: Microsoft. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  8. ^ Fletcher, Bernie (29 June 2015). "Heather Menzies-Urich talks about The Sound of Music". BeachMetro.
  9. ^ "Heather Menzies, 68". Classic Images (512): 46. February 2018.
  10. ^ a b c Lockett, Jon (December 25, 2017). "Heather Menzies-Urich dead aged 68 – Sound of Music star who played Louisa von Trapp dies after battling brain cancer". The Sun. London: News UK. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  11. ^ a b Gregory, Julia (December 25, 2017). "Sound of Music actor Heather Menzies-Urich dies aged 68". The Guardian. London, UK: Guardian Media Group. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  12. ^ a b Epoch Newsroom (December 25, 2017). "'Sound of Music' Actress Heather Menzies-Urich Dies: Report". Epoch Times]]. New York City: Epoch Media Group. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  13. ^ "The Keegans". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  14. ^ "James Dean". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  15. ^ "Tail Gunner Joe". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  16. ^ "Captain America". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  17. ^ Armstrong, Richard (November 27, 2017). "Interview with Heather Menzies Urich'". Classic Film & TV Cafe. United States. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  18. ^ Yan, Holly; Chan, Stella (December 25, 2017). "'Sound of Music' actress Heather Menzies-Urich dies at 68". ABC News. New York City: ABC. Associated Press. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  19. ^ Press, Associated (2017-12-27). "Heather Menzies-Urich, actress in 'The Sound of Music,' dies at 68". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  20. ^ Levin, Gary (December 25, 2017). "Heather Menzies-Urich, who played a von Trapp sister in 'The Sound of Music,' dies at 68". USA Today. McLean, Virginia: Gannett Company. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  21. ^ Yan, Holly; Chan, Stella (December 25, 2017). "'Sound of Music' star Heather Menzies Urich dies at 68". CNN. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  22. ^ Benson, Lee (December 20, 2012). "About Utah: Park City woman Heather Menzies still feels 'Music'". Deseret News. Salt Lake City: Deseret News Publishing Company. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  23. ^ "The Sound of Music". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  24. ^ "Hawaii". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  25. ^ "How Sweet It Is!". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  26. ^ Strause, Jackie (December 25, 2017). "Heather Menzies-Urich, Star of 'Sound of Music,' Dies at 68". The Hollywood Reporter. Los Angeles: Eldridge Industries. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  27. ^ "Outside In". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  28. ^ "Piranha". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  29. ^ "Endangered Species". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved December 25, 2017.

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