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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

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

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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Other Works:

Stage Play: Hats Off to Ice. Special. Music by James Littlefield and John Fortis. Lyrics by James Littlefield and John Fortis. Musical Director: David Mendoza. Music arranged by Paul Van Loan. Choreographed by Catherine Littlefield. Assistant Choreographer: Dorothie Littlefield. Skating Directed by May Judels. Stage Director: Burton ... See more »

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6 Print Biographies | 3 Portrayals | 1 Interview | 5 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 9 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Height:

5' 3" (1.6 m)
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Personal Quote:

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

Trivia:

Throughout her career at 20th Century-Fox, Henie was a savvy contract negotiator, and at one point was paid more per picture than Shirley Temple, who was a much bigger box office draw (the year Henie peaked at #3, Temple was still #1). Fox studio head Daryl F. Zanuck was said to resent the exorbitant fees Henie got for her work, and was reputedly delighted when her contact finally expired in the ... See more »

Nickname:

Pavlova of the Ice

Star Sign:

Aries

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