A Fairy Tale or a Loveless Marriage?
Anyone familiar with this classic musical movie will remember how the nun in training, Maria – who was played by Julie Andrews – fell in love with the widowed Captain von Trapp while she was working as a governess for the children in the family. The relationship blossoms throughout the film, ending in a seemingly blissful marriage and a happy, loving family.
However, the real Maria, who Julie Andrews’ character was based on, clearly felt differently, as revealed in her 1949 memoir: “I really and truly was not in love. I liked him, but I didn’t love him. However, I loved the children, and so in a way, I really married the children. I learned to love him more than I have ever loved before or after.”