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HEATHER MENZIES

Heather Menzies

Born Heather Menzies
December 3, 1949
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Died December 24, 2017 (aged 68)
Frankford, Quinte West, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actress, model, activist

Heather Menzies-Urich (December 3, 1949 – December 24, 2017) was a Canadian-American model and actress, known for her roles as Louisa von Trapp in the 1965 film The Sound of Music and Jessica 6 in the TV series Logan’s Run.

Menzies was born in Toronto on December 3, 1949, to Scottish parents who emigrated to Canada after the war. Her father was a struggling artist. By Menzies’ 14th birthday, she had lived in Vancouver, Miami, London, and Southern California. She had one sister named Sheila.

Menzies was cast in The Sound of Music at the age of 14 or 15 as Louisa. The songs Menzies performed in the film include “So Long, Farewell” and the “Lonely Goatherd”.[8] Her television credits included Dragnet, Bonanza, Marcus Welby, M.D., The Bob Newhart Show, and she also starred as Jessica 6 in the short-lived TV series Logan’s Run. Menzies was cast in Hawaii, How Sweet It Is!, Hail, Hero!, Piranha, and Endangered Species.

Menzies was featured in Playboy magazine during 1973 in a pictorial titled “Tender Trapp”, in reference to her The Sound of Music role. She was later cast in four Made-for-TV-Movies: The Keegans, James Dean, Tail Gunner Joe, and Captain America.

Personal life

Menzies married John Cluett in 1969 and divorced in 1973. She married Robert Urich in 1975. Urich and Menzies first met in 1974 while filming a Libby’s hash commercial in which they got “married.”

Death

Heather Menzies-Urich was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in November 2017. She died on December 24, 2017. Menzies-Urich was survived by three children and two grandchildren.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes Ref.

1965 The Sound of Music Louisa Musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise
1966 Hawaii Mercy Bromley Epic drama film directed by George Roy Hill
1968 How Sweet It Is! Tour Girl Comedy film directed by Jerry Paris
1969 Hail, Hero! Molly Adams
Drama film directed by David Miller
Based on the novel of the same name by John Weston

The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes Extra
Comedy film directed by Robert Butler
Uncredited

1972 Outside In Chris Drama film directed by Allen Baron and G. D. Spradlin
1973 Sssssss Kristine
Horror film directed by Bernard L. Kowalski
Re-released in 1975 as Red, White and Busted

1978 Piranha Maggie Mckeown Satirical B horror film directed by Joe Dante
1982 Endangered Species Susan Science fiction film directed and co-written by Alan Rudolph
Television

The Farmer’s Daughter (1964)
Dragnet (1967) as Ann Flynn, Edna Mae Dixon (“Blue Boy” episode), and others.
Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969)
The High Chaparral (1969)
To Rome With Love (1970)
Bonanza (1970) Episode: Thornton’s Account
The Smith Family (1971)
Alias Smith and Jones (1971) Episode: The Girl in Boxcar 3
Love, American Style (1971) Segment: “Love and the Motel Mixup”
Man in the Middle (1972)
The Bob Newhart Show (1973)
Doctor Dan (1974)
S.W.A.T. (1975)
Barnaby Jones (1976)
The Keegans (Made-for-TV-Movie) (1976) as Brandy Keegan[10]
James Dean (Made-for-TV-Movie) (1976) as Jan[11]
Logan’s Run (1977–1978) as Jessica
The Love Boat (1978)
Tail Gunner Joe (Made-for-TV-Movie) (1977) as Logan[12]
Captain America (Made-for-TV-Movie) (1979) as Dr Wendy Day[13]
Vega$ (1979–1981) as Charlotte Henderson
Gavilan (1982)
T. J. Hooker (1984) Episode: A Kind of Rage
Spenser: For Hire (1987)
American Dreamer (1990)