Sonja Henie
Norwegian figure skater
Sonja Henie
Sonja Henie was a Norwegian figure skater and film star. She was a three-time Olympic Champion in Ladies Singles, a ten-time World Champion (1927–1936) and a six-time European Champion (1931–1936). Henie won more Olympic and World titles than any other ladies figure skater. At the height of her acting career she was one of the highest paid stars in Hollywood.
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Blir sau på scenen - Romerikes Blad
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Historiske og fiktive kvinneskikkelser bringes til liv, deriblant Werna Gerhardsen, Gunvor Galtung Haavik og Sonja Henie. Kabareten spilles fram til 8. oktober. – Etter det skal jeg spille sau i «Rockeulven» på hovedscenen, forteller Fyrileiv
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Artful machinations of Robert Pease - Napa Valley Register
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Pease said that Bing Crosby opened movies with a Cord and other film stars of the era, including Sonja Henie, Tyrone Power and Carmen Miranda, owned them. Tom Mix, the hero of hundreds of cowboy flicks, died with his boots on in a Cord 812 convertible
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Stort - men ikke størst - NRK
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Eller havner det bak Vebjørn Rodal, Sonja Henie og flere av de andre store? Diskuter! - En idrettsprestasjon er en prestasjon der og da. Og da henger de store mesterskapene som VM og spesielt OL høyest- både for publikum og utøvere
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Withington Auction Inc - Antiques and Arts Weekly
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... ROBOTS & SPACE 19th C. 827 1652 1034 1666Doll's clothes, Edwardian Dresses, Baby Whites, Textiles & Fabrics, Shoes, Hats, Access; MOD: 50's Ginny Collection: (Grandma worked in the Medford Factor y), Barbies, Compos, Hard Plastic, Sonja Henie, Mme
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Olympic Museum's new name goes beyond '32 and '80 - The Adirondack Daily Enterprise
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The museum's collection also includes costumes from Olympic figure skating legend Sonja Henie, World Cup and World Championship trophies captured by US bobsled and luge athletes, artifacts from the famed 1980 US Olympic men's ice hockey team,
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Legend Esther Williams, Exclusive Interview - LA Canyon News
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Like ice skater Sonja Henie before her, Williams was one of the few female athletes to successfully cross over to widespread entertainment success. Her movie career played a major role in the promotion of competitive and synchronized swimming,
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Ele quis apagar o sol da meia-noite - O POVO Online
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A Noruega é também terra natal de duas atrizes de renome, a falecida patinadora Sonja Henie ea bergmaniana viva Liv Ullmann. O fato de ter um cinema em tamanho pequeno, mas decente, tornou-se uma peculiaridade que, de maneira nenhuma,
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Norway: A Quiet Corner Destroyed - Technorati
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This is the country of Isben, Sonja Henie, Vikingstad and Knut Hamsun and home to Nobel Peace Prize nominated by the Norwegian Parliament. Now it's going to be the country of Anders Breivik the psycho right-wing fanatic who callously murdered
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Story Notes for Caddyshack - AMCtv.com (blog)
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Sonja Henie is Norway's most famous figure skater of all time. A bullshot is made by mixing vodka, cold beef bouillon, salt, and pepper. Chase: "The way you do a swimming scene nude is you keep the water moving. That's the trick
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'Roadshow' uncovers Mpls. treasures - Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Leila Dunbar got a big hug after she appraised a Sonja Henie skating dress for $3000 to $5000. Others, such as Tracy Stone of Golden Valley, left with less exuberance. "I thought it was handmade in Norway," she said of the 6-ft tapestry she brought
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Book Review: 'Wonder Girl: The Magnificent Sporting Life of Babe Didrikson ... - Los Angeles Times
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I'm surprised that Babe didn't strap on a pair of skates and teach Sonja Henie a thing or two about figure eights. "Wonder Girl" was what some called her, but a wonder woman is what she was, no costume or magic lasso required. The man she married,
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Monaco Royals Headed For South Africa - Lez Get Real
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The 1936 Winter Olympics, which made an international star of a Norwegian skater named Sonja Henie, were overshadowed by the infamous 1936 Summer Games at Berlin, hosted by Adolf Hitler. Princess Charlene's native country is extremely proud of her
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Presentato lunedì 20 giugno “K3 Festival Internazionale del Cortometraggio ... - Il Giornale del Friuli Libero
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Alle 20 si proseguirà con l'ultima tranche della retrospettiva su Karpo Godina con Making of Sonia Henie (Facendo Sonja Henie) e I miss Sonja Henie (Mi manca Sonja Henie) entrambi del 1972, un corto che nasce dalla collaborazione di Godina con Milos
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Hugh Pope: Filmmaker, Tennis and Ice Follies Star - Travel Adventure Cinema
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In 1948, he joined the cast of Sonja Henie's Hollywood Ice Review. While on the road in 1953 his friend, Barbara-Ann Scott , Canada's 1948 Olympic gold medal figure skater, advised him to perfect his novelty act—Tennis On Ice—move to California and
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IRS: 91 Napa Groups Lose Non-Profit Status - Patch.com
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Other entries suggest that time may have thinned the ranks of those who would have filed IRS paperwork in past years: Brother, Can You Spare A Dime, Inc.; Ladies Auxiliary of the Fleet; Sonja Henie Institute for (unspecified)
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Adirondacks: miracle sur le vert - Canoë
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Au Winter Olympic Museum, Steve invite les visiteurs, depuis une bonne douzaine d'années, à découvrir les vestiges remontant jusqu'à la patineuse artistique norvégienne Sonja Henie. Si vous insistez, il pourra aussi vous parler de ses propres
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Professional Athletes in a Brave New World: Aldous Huxley Need Not Apply - Bleacher Report
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Or compare Sonja Henie to Michelle Kwan. Again, no disrespect to Henie—she was dominating in her day—but her skills seem pedestrian when juxtaposed with Kwan's. In fact, many pre-teens at the local ice rink can do the stuff Henie did in her day
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Skating on Air is Out! - Required Elements
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This critical text examines the ways in which media attention has gradually altered and affected the sport, from the early appearances of Sonja Henie, to skating's gradual audience growth via television, and to the ramifications of the scandals in the
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V Slovenski kinoteki retrospektiva zgodnjih filmov Karpa Godine - Dnevnik/si
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Med drugim bo v sklopu retrospektive na ogled film Manjka mi Sonja Henie, ki ga je Godina ustvaril na beograjskem FESTU leta 1972. Ugledne mednarodne in jugoslovanske goste, kot so Miloš Forman, Buck Henry, Tinto Brass, Paul Morrissey,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sonja Henie
    FIFTIES
  • 1969
    Age 56
    She died of the disease at age 57 in 1969 during a flight from Paris to Oslo.
    More Details Hide Details Generally regarded as one of the greatest figure skaters in history, she is buried with Onstad in Oslo on the hilltop overlooking the Henie-Onstad Art Centre.
  • FORTIES
  • 1956
    Age 43
    After her retirement in 1956, Henie and Onstad settled in Oslo and accumulated a large collection of modern art that formed the basis for the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter at Høvikodden in Bærum near Oslo.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to her marriages, Henie had a variety of love interests, including her skating partners Jack Dunn and Stewart Reburn, celebrated boxing legend Joe Louis, a much-publicized affair with Tyrone Power, and a later romance with actor Van Johnson and a very high-profile relationship with Liberace. Henie was diagnosed with leukemia in the mid-1960s.
  • 1953
    Age 40
    However, she made a triumphant return to Norway with the Holiday on Ice tour in 1953 and 1955.
    More Details Hide Details Henie was married three times, to Dan Topping (1940-1946), Winthrop Gardiner Jr. (1949-1956), and the Norwegian shipping magnate and art patron Niels Onstad (1956-1969) (her death).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1941
    Age 28
    Henie became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1941.
    More Details Hide Details Like many Hollywood stars, she supported the U.S. war effort through USO and similar activities, but she was careful to avoid supporting the Norwegian resistance movement, or making public statements against the Nazis. For this, she was condemned by many Norwegians and Norwegian-Americans. After the war, Henie was mindful that many of her countrymen considered her to be a quisling.
  • 1936
    Age 23
    Controversy appeared first when Henie greeted Hitler with a Nazi salute during an exhibition in Berlin some time before the 1936 Winter Olympics; she was strongly denounced by the Norwegian press.
    More Details Hide Details She did not repeat the salute at the Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, but after the Games she accepted an invitation to lunch with Hitler at his resort home in nearby Berchtesgaden, where Hitler presented Henie with an autographed photo with a lengthy inscription. After beginning her film career, Henie kept up her Nazi connections, for example personally arranging with Joseph Goebbels for the release of her first film, One in a Million, in Germany. During the occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany, German troops saw Hitler's autographed photo prominently displayed at the piano in the Henie family home in Landøya, Asker. As a result, none of Henie's properties in Norway were confiscated or damaged by the Germans.
    In 1936, following a successful ice show in Los Angeles orchestrated by her father to launch her film career, Hollywood studio chief Darryl Zanuck signed her to a long term contract at Twentieth Century Fox, which made her one of the highest-paid actresses of the time.
    More Details Hide Details After the success of her first film, One in a Million, Henie's position was assured and she became increasingly demanding in her business dealings with Zanuck. Henie also insisted on having total control of the skating numbers in her films such as Second Fiddle (1939). In addition to her film career at Fox, Henie formed a business arrangement with Arthur Wirtz, who produced her touring ice shows under the name of "Hollywood Ice Revue". Wirtz also acted as Henie's financial advisor. At the time, figure skating and ice shows were not yet an established form of entertainment in the United States. Henie's popularity as a film actress attracted many new fans and instituted skating shows as a popular new entertainment. Throughout the 1940s, Henie and Wirtz produced lavish musical ice skating extravaganzas at Rockefeller Center's Center Theatre attracting millions of ticket buyers.
    After the 1936 World Figure Skating Championships, Henie gave up her amateur status and took up a career as a professional performer in acting and live shows.
    More Details Hide Details While still a girl, Henie had decided that she wanted to move to Hollywood and become a movie star when her competitive days were over, without considering that her thick accent might hinder her acting ambitions.
    Indeed, after the school figures section at the 1936 Olympic competition, Colledge and Henie were virtually neck and neck with Colledge trailing by just a few points.
    More Details Hide Details As Sandra Stevenson recounted in her article in The Independent of 21 April 2008, "the closeness the competition infuriated Henie, who, when the result for that section was posted on a wall in the competitors' lounge, swiped the piece of paper and tore it into little pieces. The draw for the free skating then came under suspicion after Henie landed the plum position of skating last, while Colledge had to perform second of the 26 competitors. The early start was seen as a disadvantage, with the audience not yet whipped into a clapping frenzy and the judges known to become freer with their higher marks as the event proceeded. Years later, a fairer, staggered draw was adopted to counteract this situation". During her competitive career, Henie traveled widely and worked with a variety of foreign coaches. At home in Oslo, she trained at Frogner Stadium, where her coaches included Hjørdis Olsen and Oscar Holte. During the latter part of her competitive career she was coached primarily by the American Howard Nicholson in London. In addition to traveling to train and compete, she was much in demand as a performer at figure skating exhibitions in both Europe and North America. Henie became so popular with the public that police had to be called out for crowd control on her appearances in various disparate cities such as Prague and New York City. It was an open secret that, in spite of the strict amateurism requirements of the time, Wilhelm Henie demanded "expense money" for his daughter's skating appearances.
    Towards the end of her career, she began to be strongly challenged by younger skaters including Cecilia Colledge, Megan Taylor and Hedy Stenuf. However, she held off these competitors and went on to win her third Olympic title at the 1936 Winter Olympics, albeit in very controversial circumstances with Cecilia Colledge finishing a very close second.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1931
    Age 18
    She also won six consecutive European championships from 1931 to 1936.
    More Details Hide Details Henie's unprecedented three Olympic gold medals haven't been matched by any ladies' single skater since; neither are her achievements as ten-time consecutive World Champion. While Irina Slutskaya of Russia won her seventh European Championship in 2006 to become the most successful ladies' skater in European Championships, Henie retains record of most consecutive titles, sharing it with Katarina Witt of Eastern Germany/Germany (1983–1988).
  • 1927
    Age 14
    The results of 1927 World Championships, where Henie won in 3–2 decision (or 7 vs. 8 ordinal points) over the defending Olympic and World Champion Herma Szabo of Austria, was controversial, as three of the five judges that gave Henie first-place ordinals were Norwegian (1 + 1 + 1 + 2 + 2 = 7 points) while Szabo received first-place ordinals from an Austrian and a German Judge (1 + 1 + 2 + 2 + 2 = 8 points).
    More Details Hide Details Henie went on to win first of her three Olympic gold medals the following year. She defended her Olympic titles in 1932 and in 1936, and her world titles annually until 1936.
    Henie won the first of an unprecedented ten consecutive World Figure Skating Championships in 1927 at the age of fourteen.
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  • 1924
    Age 11
    During the 1924 program, she skated over to the side of the rink several times to ask her coach for directions, but by the next Olympiad, she needed no such assistance.
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    She then placed eighth in a field of eight at the 1924 Winter Olympics, at the age of eleven.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1912
    Born
    Born on April 8, 1912.
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