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Sonja Henie (1912–1969)


The daughter of a fur wholesaler in Norway, Sonja Henie received her first pair of ice skates when she was six. At 14 she was the Norwegian Skating Champion. At 15 she would win the Olympic gold medal in Skating, a feat she would repeat in 1932 and 1936. In 1936 she would turn professional and tour with her own ice show. She was signed by 20th ... See full bio »

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Known For

Sun Valley Serenade Karen Benson
(1941)
(1948)
Thin Ice Lili Heiser
(1937)
One in a Million Greta Muller
(1936)

Filmography

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 1948 The Countess of Monte Cristo
Karen Kirsten
 1945 It's a Pleasure
Chris Linden
 1943 Wintertime
Nora Ostgaard
 1942/I Iceland
Katina Jonsdottir
 1941 Sun Valley Serenade
Karen Benson
 1939 Second Fiddle
Trudi Hovland
 1938 My Lucky Star
Kristina Nielsen
 1938 Happy Landing
Trudy Ericksen
 1937 Ali Baba Goes to Town
Sonja Henie - at Fictional Premiere (uncredited)
 1937 Thin Ice
Lili Heiser
 1936 One in a Million
Greta Muller
 1927 Syv dager for Elisabeth
En ung skøyteløperske (skater)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Icetime (1946). Special. Music by James Littlefield and John Fortis. Lyrics by James Littlefield and John Fortis. Music arranged by Paul Van Loan. Scenic Design by Edward Gilbert. Costume Design by Lou Eisele and Billy Livingston. Lighting Design by Eugene Braun. Conducted by David Mendoza. Center Theatre: 20 Jun 1946- 12 Apr ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 6 Print Biographies | 4 Portrayals | 1 Interview | 5 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 9 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Height:

5' 3" (1.6 m)

Spouse:

Niels Onstad  (her death) | See more »
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Personal Quote:

I want to do with skates what Fred Astaire is doing with dancing. See more »

Trivia:

The photograph of her shaking hands with Adolf Hitler was taken at the 1936 Olympic Winter Games in Germany, and Hitler - being the host nations leader - naturally met several contestants. In that context many claim it's not fair to really judge any of the athletes who encountered Hitler at the games, while others claim Henie should have refused to shake his hand. It is of course easy to judge in... See more »

Nickname:

Pavlova of the Ice

Star Sign:

Aries

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