'Sound of Music' and 'Pretty Woman': Spirited women drive two beloved movies

March 26, 2015 3:56 PM

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There is a very specific portrait of a lady that has long enthralled Hollywood. A young woman of modest means falls for an older man of wealth. Both the woman and the man are transformed by love, and though it might seem indelicate to mention, the money factors in. A significant improvement in social station for the woman comes with the commitment.

That scenario is the spine of "The Sound of Music," which is being celebrated this month for hitting the 50-year mark and remaining such an enduring favorite.

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