The Actress Who Captured Hearts In “The Sound of Music” Is Gone At The Age Of 68

Heather Menzies-Urich was a Canadian-American model and actress, best known for her roles as Louisa von Trapp in the 1965 film The Sound of Music and Jessica 6 in the TV series Logan’s Run.

Menzies-Urich, the widow of Robert Urich, died Sunday night after recently being diagnosed with cancer, her son Ryan Urich told Deadline’s sister pub Variety. She was 68.

He said his mother died on Christmas Eve, surrounded by her children and family members.

“She was an actress, a ballerina and loved living her life to the fullest,” Urich said.

“She was not in any pain but, nearly four weeks after her diagnosis of terminal brain cancer, she had enough and took her last breath on this Earth at 7.22pm.”

The Toronto-born Menzies-Urich had her first screen credit in the 1964 TV series The Farmer’s Daughter, but it was her role a year later as Louisa, one of the von Trapp children, in The Sound Of Music for which she is best remembered. The film, starring Julie Andrews, went on to win five Oscars, including Best Picture.

From The Sound of Music, she went on to appear in features including Hawaii, Piranha, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes and Endangered Species.

On the TV side, she was known for her starring role as Logan’s female companion Jessica in the Logan’s Run television series.

Her other TV credits include Dragnet, Bonanza, Marcus Welby M.D., The Bob Newhart Show, Vega$, The Love Boat, Spenser for Hire and T.J. Hooker, among others.

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