Actress who Played Louisa von Trapp in ‘The Sound of Music’ Dead at 68

Heather Menzies-Urich 20th Century Fox

Canadian actress Heather Menzies-Urich, best known for her roles as Louisa von Trapp in the 1965 Oscar-winning film “The Sound of Music” and Jessica in the TV series Logan’s Run, has died.

Menzies-Urich, 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.

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.

Menzies-Urich created the Robert Urich Foundation in honor of her late husband, who died in 2002 of a rare form of cancer. She spent most of her time in recent years devoted to the non-profit organization that raises money for cancer research and patient care.

SOURCE: Deadline – Denise Petski