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Anthea Kimberly "Kym" Karath (born August 4, 1958 in Los Angeles, California)[1] is an American actress, best known for her role as Gretl, the youngest of the Von Trapp children in The Sound of Music.

Kym Karath
Anthea Kimberly Karath

(1958-08-04) August 4, 1958 (age 61)
Years active1963–1981; 1988
Philippe L'Equilbec
(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."[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

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.[1][2]

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.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
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


Year Title Role Notes
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)


  1. ^ a b "'The Sound of Music' Never Ends". New York Times. July 17, 2005. Retrieved Feb 12, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "The Von Trapp Family Reunites!". ABC News. November 11, 2005. Retrieved Feb 12, 2013.

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