She played the role of third eldest child Louisa von Trapp in the Academy Award winning original film production of “The Sound of Music” and later married actor Robert Urich. Heather Nenzies-Urich died December 24, 2017 in Frankford, Ontario as a result of brain cancer only three weeks after her 68th birthday. Her son Ryan said that his mother was surrounded by family at the time of her death.

She had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer only four weeks before her death.

Appearing in only about three dozen productions, Heather made her acting debut in 1964 in an episode of “My Three Sons”. “The Sound of Music” was her debut as a featured actor in a film. Her other film and television appearances include “The Farmer’s Daughter”, “Dragnet”, “Room 222”, “Marcus Welby, M.D.”, “Bonanza”, “Love, American Style”, “Barnaby Jones”, “The Six Million Dollar Man”, “Logan’s Run”, “The Love Boat”, “T. J. Hooker”, and her final appearance in a documentary on the Von Trapp family.

After the death of Robert Urich from a rare form of cancer, Heather created the Robert Urich Foundation to which she spent much of her time helping to raise money for cancer research and support of cancer patients.

She was born Heather Menzies on December 3, 1949 in Toronto but the family moved to Los Angeles when Heather reached her teens.

Predeceased by her second husband Robert, Heather is survived by her children – Ryan, Emily, and Allison; grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.


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