Did you ever notice one of the Von Trapp children became a love interest for Peter Brady?
The youngest Sound of Music star was one of the many teens on The Brady Bunch.
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"Why am I always last?" Gretl von Trapp asks in The Sound of Music. "Because you are the most important," musical agent Max Detweiler tells her. It's charming lines like this that have made the 1965 musical such an enduring classic.
Gretl is the youngest of the von Trapp family in the Julie Andrews picture. The character was just a child, around six years old, but the producers managed to find an actor with years of experience. Kym Karath was merely three when she appeared in Spencer's Mountain, the 1963 film based on Earl Hamner Jr.'s novel, which later inspired the long-running series The Waltons. The movie cast Karath alongside Veronica Cartwright. Karath and the Cartwrights would cross paths again, of course. Angela Cartwright played her older von Trapp sister.
Karath would later reunite with Angela on Lost in Space — and appear on The Waltons, but that is not what we are here to talk about.
Did you ever notice that this erstwhile von Trapp was a Brady Bunch love interest?
Harvey Klinger. George Glass. Millicent. Jennifer Nichols. Dr. Vogel the Dentist. Every kid in the Brady clan had a memorable love interest… or two or three. Kerry Hathaway is one of many.
You remember Kerry as Jan's friend — and Peter's crush — in "Cyrano de Brady." Peter enlists Greg's help in wooing the blonde, a tactic taken straight from Cyrano de Bergerac. Of course, Kerry ends up falling for Greg.
Anyway, that was none other than Kym Karath as Kerry! She had only a few more appearances onscreen following this, including the aforementioned Waltons episode, "The Thanksgiving Story."
Karath could likely relate to her adolescent Brady Bunch costars. The von Trapps were essentially a similar bunch of young stars half a decade earlier. Akin to the six Brady Kids, the children cast in The Sound of Music dubbed themselves "the SoM 7."
"We're beyond friends. We're [a] second family," Karath said in The Daily Mail in 2016. "As adults, we were deeply bonded, so our lives have really interwoven with each other." Sounds familiar!