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Kristiania (now Oslo), Norway
Place of Death
Oslo, Norway (during a flight from Paris to Oslo)
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Claim to Fame
Olympic Champion (1928, 1932, 1936) in Ladies' Singles, a ten-time World Champion (1927–1936) and a six-time European Champion (1931–1936)
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The daughter of a fur wholesaler, 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 Century Fox and debuted in `One in a Million` (1936) where she played an ice skater. As the picture was very successful, Sonja continued to make a series of light comedies throughout the late 30s and early 40s. More a testament to her skating skills and physical appearance, the films were profitable and her popularity soared. Her film success garnered financial success for the Hollywood Ice Revues that she produced, and starred, in every year. Her movie career wound down during the mid 40s, but she continued skating until she retired in 1960. An astute businesswoman, Sonja was one of the ten wealthiest woman in the world when she died of leukemia in 1969.
Sonja Henie (8 April 1912 – 12 October 1969) was a Norwegian figure skater and film star. She was a three-time Olympic Champion (1928, 1932, 1936) 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.
Full Name at Birth
Wilhelm Henie (furrier, cyclist) (1872–1937)
Selma Lochmann-Nielsen (1888–1961)
Figure Skater, Actress, Tennis Player, Author
Jack Dunn (skating partner), Stewart Reburn (skating partner)
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