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Films Based on Unbelievable True Stories

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'The Sound of Music' (1965)

The hills are alive… with a totally amazing story. "The Sound of Music," a 1959 musical starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, is based on an actual singing family. The real Maria Augusta von Trapp was actually recruited to care for the seven children of Austrian naval commander Georg Johannes "Baron" von Trapp in 1905. The pair fell in love and wed in 1927, welcoming three children of their own (not featured in the movie). The family was forced out of their home due to the Nazi invasion, and eventually moved to the United States. The musical, written by Rodgers and Hammerstein, went on to win five Academy Awards. —XFINITY Entertainment Staff (Photo: Fox)

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