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Facts About The Real Von Trapp Family That Will Change Everything

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The live stage production of The Sound of Music airs on NBC at 8 P.M tonight. And never in my life have I been more excited to live tweet a trainwreck. Is there a chance that this will go off without a hitch and I’ll be eating my cape tomorrow? Yes, I guess. But let’s think postively guys! Things could work out for us. In fact, if God is real and my prayers are being read in a timely manner, it’s possible Carrie Underwood could pull a Miguel. Just jump into a crowd of people and land right on top of someone. Personally, I’d put that above whiskers on kittens and wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings on my list of favorite things. Also, sidenote, really wild geese? You’re so easily pleased Maria.

While we sadly cannot fast forward through today and be on our respective couches watching this together, I thought I’d blow your mind instead. You did want your mind blown today, didn’t you? I always try to blow mine at least once before the weekend begins. So please,  join me as we talk about the real von Trapp family. Turns out they’re better suited for a Lifetime movie than a network musical (dramatic pause), which is why it’s so fun to see some of the true facts.

Let’s begin.

1. Maria future von Trapp didn’t come straight from her lady monastery to play nanny diaries with all the kids. She came specifically to tutor one of the children after she contracted scarlet fever. And no you Little Women enthusiasts, her name wasn’t Beth. And no death enthusiast, she didn’t die. (fact via)

2. Georg von Trapp wasn’t an uncaring father who needed to be taught to love his children. Although that did make the movie much more exciting. So much suspense as he decided if he liked his own children. Sure they could sing, but this was before the days of Hanson and the Jonas Brothers. A family act wasn’t what it is today. (fact via)

3. Maria and Georg WhistleBlower didn’t marry for love. Or even for like. According to Maria’s very own autobiography, she married for stability. Which I think we all know means a permanent plus one. Is there anything worse than seeing “plus one” on an invite and not having anyone to take? Sure, sure, she ended up loving him. But they were never star-crossed lovers drawn together by the music. (fact via)

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  • Alexis Rhiannon

    You have the seedlings for two song parodies in this, and I’m gonna need to see the full parody version.

  • KMHinsman .

    Jenni, I read Maria’s book also and I think you missed a few things. The von Trapp family were almost penniless when they came to America so they had to tour and perform for a few years to make enough money to live on. It wasn’t until they became well-known on shows like Ed Sullivan etc. that they made enough on record sales. That’s how they got the money to buy the farm in Vermont. It wasn’t turned into a resort until many years later. Capt. von Trapp was at least 20 or 25 years older than Maria and he already had 6 kids – but they did have one or 2 kids together before he died. The oldest daughter actually went back to Austria and married someone after the war was over and things had settled down. BTW I love the puppet show song in TSOM – it’s very similar to actual folksongs that are sung even today in Salzburg and the mountain areas.

    • Jenni

      I did not see the age gap fact in all my research! Now I have to get the book…

  • Also Jenni

    I remember seeing a documentary about TSOM and there is a scene in the movie where Maria (Andrews) is walking toward the camera with bags in her hand (I think, been a while since I’ve seen the movie) and in the background is the real Maria. The reason for this is apparently she was pestering the director endlessly about how she should really be in the movie, and he caved in. He told her it would be a prominent view of her and she was appeased. But, in the movie she is so far in the background they had to circle her in the documentary for you to even see her.
    Also, I think one of the daughters had to run away from home from her bedroom window because Maria had such an iron hold on the family. After watching the documentary my dad made the comment that it should be included with every version of TSOM just to give a realistic view to the movie.

    • Stacey Judith

      Hollywood really does like to romanticize everything!!!

  • MommaJen

    I could not take it for more than 30 minutes. She has a beautiful voice but her acting is atrocious.

    • Jenni

      Atrocious. I can’t stop watching.

    • MommaJen

      I REALLY wanted to like it. At least the music is good and one can hope for a nip slip or some sort of malfunction to add some excitement :)

    • Jenni

      We should be so lucky!

    • MommaJen

      someone posted on Twitter that Carrie Underwood couldn’t act her way out of a brown paper package tied up with string lol

    • Jenni

      touche.

    • suebon

      Her acting was better then anyone else in the show! The kids were next. I thought the seasoned “actors and actresses” sucked big time!

  • pastor sheila

    Leave me to my ignorance! Why do we feel the need to Von Tramp everyone? Let me believe in the sweet little “almost” nun and the precious little ones who grew up sane and ever so grateful for their perfect life of raindrops on roses …. bright copper kettles filled with food to warm their insides while taking off their warm woolen mittens after being out in the snowflakes that fall on their nose and eyelashes. Leave me here in the heartland of Illinois experiencing a winter wonderland outside drinking my hot tea and eating fresh fruitcake and singing at the top of my lungs “The Hills are Alive With the Sound of Music” and “Do…re…Me…” We are enjoying the musical along with our memories of Julie Andrews and are impressed with Carrie Underwood and the rest of the cast. At least we’re not swarmed tonight with gangsters, shootings, sex and God knows what else. God bless us everyone! Ohhhhh….wrong movie!! Ha Ha Pastor Sheila

    • FauxRealFaux

      Amen, I will forever refer to Ms. Julie Andrews and Ms. Maria. I mean what do you with a lady like Julie?

    • whiteroses

      Sure…. but it’s not the truth. Some of us rather enjoy the truth.

  • FauxRealFaux

    Gosh, I love the puppet show part of the movie and you not liking that part is downright unAmerican! Either you are with the Yoodle or not! Shssh.

  • Dawn

    Omg…..do you people have nothing better to do than to trash others!!! Uh…get a freaking life!

    • FauxRealFaux

      Please go on television so I can trash you! JK! *wink*

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