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Thompson, Kay (9 Nov. 1912 [also reported as 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, and 1913]–02 July 1998), writer and entertainer, was born Katherine (also reported as Kitty) Fink in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of a jeweler. The names of her parents are not recorded. Educated in St. Louis public schools, Kay was a high school classmate of ...

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Trapp, Maria von (26 January 1905–28 March 1987), author, governess, and singer, was born Maria Augusta Kutschera on a train headed for Vienna, Austria, the daughter of Karl Kutschera and Augusta Rainer. She was orphaned at the age of seven. Raised by a court-appointed guardian whom von Trapp described as anti-Catholic and socialist, she graduated from the State Teachers College for Progressive Education in Vienna in 1923. Following her education she became a candidate for the novitiate of the Benedictine order at a Salzburg, Austria, convent....