The hills are no longer alive. Maria von Trapp, member of the infamous pre-Duggars family that escaped Nazi-occupied Austria and inspired Julie Andrews to spin around all over a bunch of hills, died this week of natural causes.
The von Trapp family story became known worldwide after Maria von Trapp Sr.'s book was turned into a movie in 1965. The family of Austrian troubadours sang hits like "All The Notes In the Major Scale" and "Goodbye, I'm Out" as they fought to leave Austria and inevitably set up a ski resort in Vermont.
Von Trapp died in Stowe. Johannes von Trapp, Maria's brother, told the Associated Press that "She was a lovely woman who was one of the few truly good people. There wasn't a mean or miserable bone in her body. I think everyone who knew her would agree with that." Everyone would also agree that the Carrie Underwood Sound of Music remake was tacky.