Kym Karath

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Kym Karath
Born Anthea Kimberly Karath
(1958-08-04) August 4, 1958 (age 59)
Los Angeles, California
Years active 1963–1981; 1988
Spouse(s) Philippe L'Equilbec (m. 1985; div. 2005)
Children 1

Anthea Kimberly "Kym" Karath (born August 4, 1958 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.)[1] is an American actress, best known for her role as Gretl, the youngest of the Von Trapp children, in The Sound of Music.


Kym Karath started her career at the age of three, appearing in Spencer's Mountain with Henry Fonda and Veronica Cartwright in 1963 (she would subsequently work with Veronica's younger sister Angela Cartwright in The Sound of Music). Also in 1963, she was seen in The Thrill of It All with Doris Day and James Garner. In 1964, she was seen in Good Neighbor Sam with Jack Lemmon.

Kym is best remembered for her role in The Sound of Music, where she played the youngest child, Gretl Von Trapp.

During her appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Julie Andrews was asked about working with the Von Trapp children. She replied, "They were all lovely. However, the youngest one (Karath) was probably the most difficult for me, because she was just a tad heavy in those days. Today, she is this amazing gorgeous looking Monroe-esque young lady."

After The Sound of Music Kym primarily appeared in American television, including appearances in Family Affair, The Brady Bunch and Lost in Space. She remains friends with the other 'Von Trapp' children today, and in 2000 she went back to Salzburg with them, filming a documentary about the making of the film.

She is still currently working with them in new upcoming films. In 2015, she guest judged a "Cake Wars" episode in which Kym Karath also guest judged for "The Sound of Music" 50th anniversary.

Personal life[edit]

Karath's family was Greek – her original surname was Karathanasis, but it was changed to Karath by her father. She has an older sister, Francie, who auditioned for the eldest Von Trapp child in The Sound of Music, a role that eventually went to Charmian Carr.

Karath graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Humanities, and shortly after that she moved to Paris, France where she studied art history and modeled as well. At the age of 26, she married Philippe L'Equilbec; their son, Eric was born in 1991. Thereafter she left acting for a while and lived in Greenwich, Connecticut, before resuming acting in 2005.[1][2]

Karath has said she still is not fond of water after nearly drowning in the boat scene in The Sound of Music, as she could not swim.[2]



  1. ^ a b "'The Sound of Music' Never Ends". New York Times. July 17, 2005. Retrieved Feb 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "The Von Trapp Family Reunites!". ABC News. Nov 11, 2005. Retrieved Feb 12, 2013. 

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