Maria is a free-spirited young Austrian woman, studying to become a nun. Due to her often singing and running seeming somewhat out of place in the abbey, she is sent to be governess to the seven children of Baron von Trapp.
Trivia: Maria Kutschera was a real person, NOT a fictional character. Born on January 26th 1905, died on March 28th 1987. She married Georg von Trapp and became the stepmother of his seven children. She also gave birth to three children of her own. She has been portrayed in films by different films (The Trapp Family, The Trapp Family in America, and The Sound of Music) and the anime series (The Trapp Family Story).