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Overview (3)

Born in Rupperswil. Aargau, Switzerland
Died in Zollikerberg, Zollikon, Kanton Zürich, Switzerland
Birth NameRosa Mina Schärer

Mini Bio (1)

Lys Assia was born on March 3, 1924 in Rupperswil. Aargau, Switzerland as Rosa Mina Schärer. She was an actress, known for Oberstadtgass (1956), Die Beine von Dolores (1957) and Ball der Nationen (1954). She was married to Oscar Pedersen and Johann Heinrich Kunz. She died on March 24, 2018 in Zollikerberg, Zollikon, Kanton Zürich, Switzerland.

Spouse (2)

Oscar Pedersen (1963 - 1995) ( his death)
Johann Heinrich Kunz (11 January 1957 - 1957) ( his death)

Trivia (15)

In the late 1950s, she became one of the most successful singers in the German speaking countries. Her biggest hits were "O mein Papa", "Mi casa su casa" and "Wenn die Glocken hell erklingen".
Lived on her estates in Cannes, France and Switzerland.
Her second husband Oscar Pedersen, a Danish general-consul, owned several hotels in Europe, Japan and South America.
In 2012, Assia again entered the Swiss national selection Die grosse Entscheidungs Show to represent Switzerland in Malmö at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 with the song "All In Your Head" featuring the hip-hop band New Jack.
She began her stage career as a dancer, but changed to singing in 1940, after successfully standing in for a female singer.
There were rumors of Assia representing San Marino at the Eurovision Song Contest, however it was announced on 30 January 2013 that Valentina Monetta would represent San Marino.
In 1956 she was the winner of the very first Eurovision Song Contest, in which she sang for Switzerland. She had also been in the German national final of that year.
In September 2011, Assia entered her song "C'était ma vie" written by Ralph Siegel and Jean Paul Cara into the Swiss national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The song, however, only came eighth in a closely fought national selection. She attended the event in Baku as a guest of honour.
Assia married Johann Heinrich Kunz in 1957 in Zürich. Kunz died however within one year.
In 2003, she addressed millions of viewers via a satellite link from Cyprus, wishing the contestants the best of luck ahead of the Grand Final in Riga. Being asked by presenter Marie N., who also won the contest the year before, how she looked back at the 1956 contest, she spoke the legendary words: "It was fun - I won!".
In Stockholm, just days before the city hosted the 2016 contest, she took part in a special meet and greet event for fans and press, where she shared her memories in a variety of languages -she was fluent in at least six-.
In 2005, she performed during Congratulations, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest and in 2008 she started the voting in Belgrade.
Lys Assia remained a loyal supporter of the Eurovision Song Contest, being a guest of honour in many occasions, like in Gothenburg in 1985 when Eurovision was celebrating its 30th edition.
During her long and successful career, she performed for Queen Elizabeth II, the Egyptian King Faruk and Eva Peron.
In her final years, Lys Assia lived in her native Switzerland but suffered from ill health. "Life is too short to spend on unimportant things," she said to the German press. "Unfortunately, one notices this but usually only in retrospect. My life was very happy. We should never be jealous of other people's happiness.".

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