Kym Karath began her acting career at the age of 3, appearing in "Spencer's Mountain" with Henry Fonda and Maureen O'Hara, "The Thrill Of It All" with Doris Day and James Garner, and "Good Neighbor Sam" with Jack Lemmon before winning the role of the youngest Von Trapp…more
While filming The Sound of Music, there was a scene where Julie Andrews and the seven children had to fall out of a canoe and into a lake. The first time this was shot, Kym almost drowned, but one of the actors managed to pull her out. Several hours later, when they filmed it again, she threw up on one of the other kids after swallowing too much of the cold, dirty water. To this day, Kym admits that she never really learned how to swim, and the whole idea is "terrifying" to her.
The cast from The Sound of Music had many delicious foods served to them while filming the movie. Kym's favorite was the fried artichokes. Charmian Carr and Christopher Plummer, who played her sister and father in the film and both had to carry her for certain scenes, have joked that she was actually a lot heavier than she looked, thanks to all the food she ate.
Kym Karath: (about filming "The Sound of Music") I was only five, so I don't really remember everything about those days in Salzburg...most of my memories of that time are sensory. I remember the smell of the make-up and the gel they'd use on my hair. And, of course, the smell of fried artichokes! And the costumes. They were made out of the most beautiful fabrics...I made drawings of all the costumes. I still have all those pictures I made in Salzburg.
Kym Karath: (about starting elementary school when "Sound of Music" came out) That was hell. Other kids would tease me: 'Oh, look, it's little Gretl!' They'd start singing my lines from 'So Long, Farewell.' It went on for years.