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
Died December 24, 2017(2017-12-24) (aged 68)
Carrying Place, Quinte West, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actress, model, activist
Years active 1964–1990
Spouse(s) John Cluett (m. 1969; div. 1973)
Robert Urich (m. 1975; d. 2002)
Children 3

Heather Menzies-Urich (born Heather Margaret Brotherston Menzies; December 3, 1949 – December 24, 2017)[1] was a Canadian-American model and actress, known for her roles as Louisa von Trapp in the 1965 film The Sound of Music[2] and Jessica 6 in the TV series Logan's Run.[3]

Early life[edit]

Heather Margaret Brotherston Menzies[4] was born in Toronto on December 3, 1949, to Scottish parents[5][6] who had emigrated to Canada after the war.[7] Her father was a struggling artist. By Menzies' 14th birthday, she had lived in Vancouver, Miami, London, and Southern California. She had one sister named Sheila.[5]

Menzies was a graduate of Hollywood High School, and she studied at Falcon Studio's University of the Arts.[8]

Career[edit]

Menzies' first appearance on-screen was in 1964, when she appeared in the TV series The Farmer's Daughter.[1] 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.[9] Menzies sang "So Long, Farewell" and the "Lonely Goatherd" in the film.[10]

Menzies went on to appear in a number of television series such as Alias Smith and Jones, T. J. Hooker, Dragnet, Bonanza, Marcus Welby, M.D. and The Bob Newhart Show. She starred as Jessica 6 in the short-lived TV series Logan's Run.[10][11] In addition, Menzies appeared in Hawaii, How Sweet It Is!, Hail, Hero!, Piranha, and Endangered Species.[9][11]

Menzies was featured in Playboy magazine during 1973 in a pictorial titled "Tender Trapp",[9] in reference to her The Sound of Music role. She was later cast in four television films: The Keegans,[12] James Dean,[13] Tail Gunner Joe,[14] and Captain America.[15]

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."[5][16] After his death in 2002, Menzies established the Robert Urich Foundation[17][18] 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.[19]

Death[edit]

Heather Menzies-Urich was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in November 2017.[2] She died on December 24, 2017.[20][21] Menzies-Urich was survived by three children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.[22]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
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]
1968 How Sweet It Is! Tour Girl Comedy film directed by Jerry Paris [25][26]
1969 Hail, Hero! Molly Adams
  • Drama film directed by David Miller
  • Based on the novel of the same name by John Weston
[26][27]
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes Extra
[26][28]
1972 Outside In Chris Drama film directed by Allen Baron and G. D. Spradlin [29]
1973 Sssssss Kristine
[30]
1978 Piranha Maggie Mckeown Satirical B horror film directed by Joe Dante [31]
1982 Endangered Species Susan Science fiction film directed and co-written by Alan Rudolph [32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "Ancestry Library Edition". www.ancestrylibrary.com. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Us Weekly (December 25, 2017). "'Sound of Music' Actress Heather Menzies-Urich Dead at 68". MSN. United States: Microsoft. Retrieved December 25, 2017. 
  7. ^ Fletcher, Bernie (29 June 2015). "Heather Menzies-Urich talks about The Sound of Music". BeachMetro. 
  8. ^ "Heather Menzies, 68". Classic Images (512): 46. February 2018. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ "The Keegans". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved December 25, 2017. 
  13. ^ "James Dean". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved December 25, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Tail Gunner Joe". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved December 25, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Captain America". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved December 25, 2017. 
  16. ^ Armstrong, Richard (November 27, 2017). "Interview with Heather Menzies Urich'". Classic Film & TV Cafe. United States. Retrieved December 25, 2017. 
  17. ^ 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. 
  18. ^ 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. 
  19. ^ 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. 
  20. ^ 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. 
  21. ^ Holly Yan; Stella Chan. "'Sound of Music' star Heather Menzies Urich dies at 68". Cnn.com. 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. ^ a b c 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. ^ Weston, John (1968). Hail, Hero! (1st ed.). Philadelphia: David McKay Publications. ISBN 978-0679501510. 
  28. ^ "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved December 25, 2017. 
  29. ^ "Outside In". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved December 25, 2017. 
  30. ^ "Sssssss". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved December 25, 2017. 
  31. ^ "Piranha". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved December 25, 2017. 
  32. ^ "Endangered Species". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved December 25, 2017. 

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