STOWE, VT. - Maria von Trapp, a member of the musical family whose escape from Nazi-occupied Austria was the basis for "The Sound of Music," has died at 99 at her home in Vermont, her brother said Saturday.
Maria von Trapp was the last surviving member of the seven original Trapp Family Singers. Their story was turned into the film and Broadway musical.
In 1938, the family escaped from Nazi-occupied Austria. After they arrived in New York, the family became popular with concert audiences. The family eventually settled in Vermont, where they opened a ski lodge.
Von Trapp played accordion and taught Austrian dance with sister Rosmarie at the lodge.