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‘Sound of Music’ fans light up Twitter after ABC’s 50th anniversary homage

Julie Andrews and Diane Sawyer talked about “The Sound of Music” in an ABC special Wednesday night.
Julie Andrews and Diane Sawyer talked about “The Sound of Music” in an ABC special Wednesday night. ABC

“Sound of Music” fans clamored for more than just the one hour that ABC and Diane Sawyer spent on Wednesday night paying homage to the 50th anniversary of the movie.

Julie Andrews, who played Maria von Trapp in the movie, spent much of the hour talking about the making of the iconic film.

Truth time: We here at Stargazing are huge fans of the movie and we bawled as we watched, especially when Andrews walked down the long aisle of the cathedral where she got married in the movie. Tears glistened in Andrews’ eyes as she recreated the moment for ABC’s cameras.

We weren’t the only ones crying.

The show revealed behind-the-scenes tidbits about the film. For instance, it was cold, windy and rainy when they shot the movie’s famous opening scene on that mountaintop meadow. That one scene alone took one week to finish.

“We actually went up the mountain in big, open carts, pulled by oxen. I would sit on top of all the camera equipment, and then they'd hoist me up and up we'd go,” Andrews said on “The Untold Story of ‘The Sound of Music.’”

The tall, slender birch trees she wanders through while singing “The Hills Are Alive” were fake. So was the laughing brook in that scene.

The hour left fans on Twitter eager to travel to Austria and moved many to share what the movie means to their personal lives and to express their love for the lovely Julie herself. A sampling of the outpouring:

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