11/03/1998 AT 12:00 AM EST
When last seen, actress Charmian Carr was 16 going on 17, in 1965's "The Sound of Music." Today, Carr is 57 -- and an author. Her new book, "Forever Liesl: A Memoir of 'The Sound of Music,' " recounts what it was like to play Liesl von Trapp, the eldest child in one of the most popular movies of all time. (For one thing, she was 26 at the time the movie was shot.) The book reveals how she beat out Mia Farrow, Kim Darby, Lesley Ann Warren, Teri Garr, Shelley Fabares, Patty Duke and Geraldine Chaplin for the role. Only don't look for any nostalgia waxing from the movie's Maria, Julie Andrews, 64. "She wouldn't speak to me," Carr told USA Today. "I was very disappointed, because none of the others turned me down." Carr speculates that the singer's recent health problems were a factor; Andrews had throat surgery in 1997 and has reportedly lost her ability to sing. "I also think she still may want to distance herself a bit from the goody-two-shoes image she played."