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Anthea Kimberly "Kym" Karath (born August 4, 1958 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress, best known for her role as Gretl, the youngest of the Von Trapp children in The Sound of Music.
Anthea Kimberly Karath
August 4, 1958
|Years active||1963–1981; 1988|
(m. 1985; div. 2005)
Kym Karath started her career at the age of 3, when she appeared in Spencer's Mountain (1963) with Henry Fonda and Veronica Cartwright (she subsequently worked with Veronica's younger sister, Angela Cartwright, in The Sound of Music). Also in 1963, Karath was seen in The Thrill of It All with Doris Day and James Garner. In 1964, she was seen in Good Neighbor Sam with Jack Lemmon.
Kym is best remembered for her role in The Sound of Music, where she played the youngest child, Gretl Von Trapp.
During her appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Julie Andrews was asked about working with the Von Trapp children. She replied, "They were all lovely. However, the youngest one (Karath) was probably the most difficult for me, because she was just a tad heavy in those days. Today, she is this amazing gorgeous looking Monroe-esque young lady."
Karath's family was Greek; her father changed her original surname, Karathanasis, to Karath.
Karath graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Humanities, and shortly after that she moved to Paris, France, where she studied art history and modeled. At the age of 26, she married Philippe L'Equilbec; their son was born in 1991. Thereafter she left acting for a while and lived in Greenwich, Connecticut, before resuming acting in 2005.
Karath has said she still is not fond of water after nearly drowning in the boat scene in The Sound of Music, as she could not swim.
|1963||Spencer's Mountain||Pattie-Cake Spencer||Uncredited|
|1963||The Thrill of It All||Maggie Boyer|
|1964||Good Neighbor Sam||Denise Bissell|
|1965||The Sound of Music||Gretl Von Trapp|
|1965||Peyton Place||Susan||1 episode|
|1965||My Three Sons||Pammy||1 episode|
|1966||On The Run||the girls on the train||Un-sold pilot episode|
|1966||Dr. Kildare||Margaret Hanson||2 episodes|
|1966||Lassie||Kathy Vaughn||1 episode|
|1966||Lost in Space||Princess||1 episode|
|1966||Family Affair||Barbara||3 episodes|
|1970||Family Affair||Wynn Catter||Episode: "Goodbye, Mrs. Beasley"|
|1970||All My Children||Kristen||unknown episodes|
|1972||The Brady Bunch||Kerry Hathaway||1 episode|
|1973||The Waltons||Mabel||1 episode|
|1980||Archie Bunker's Place||Pretty Girl||1 episode|
|1981||Midnight Offerings||Monique||TV movie, (final film role)|