Sonja Henie Overview:

Legendary actress, Sonja Henie, was born on Apr 8, 1912 in Kristiania (now Oslo), Norway. Henie died at the age of 57 on Oct 12, 1969 in en route by air to Oslo, Norway and was laid to rest in Hilltop overlooking the Henie-Onstad Museum Cemetery in Oslo, Norway.

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She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Sonja Henie's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #38 on Jun 28, 1937. Henie was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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45th Annual Seattle International Film Festival: A Norwegian Biopic of Ice Skating Star

By KC on May 23, 2019 From Classic Movies

Sonja: the White Swan (2019) is a biopic of skating star , who made records as an athlete and sparkled briefly, but potently as a movie queen in Hollywood musicals. I don’t know enough about this phenomenally successful athlete/actress to be able to say whether it succeeded in telli... Read full article


Olympics to Hollywood:

on Feb 21, 2018 From Comet Over Hollywood

She was the youngest competitor in the first Winter Olympics, the first woman to win three Olympic gold medals, and one Hollywood?s top-grossing stars. Norwegian athlete turned actress skated across the silver screen in 12 films, bringing a novelty to films and helping popula... Read full article


- A Cutting Edge Millionaire

By The Metzinger Sisters on Jan 17, 2015 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

, the dimple-faced Norwegian skating sensation of the 1930s, shot to stardom when she appeared in her first motion picture for 20th Century Fox - One in a Million - in 1936. In less than a year she became the eighth most popular actress at the box office, but according to a Motion Picture... Read full article


- A Cutting Edge Millionaire

By The Metzinger Sisters on Jan 17, 2015 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

, the dimple-faced Norwegian skating sensation of the 1930s, shot to stardom when she appeared in her first motion picture for 20th Century Fox - One in a Million - in 1936. In less than a year she became the eighth most popular actress at the box office, but according to a Motion Picture... Read full article


- A Cutting Edge Millionaire

By The Metzinger Sisters on Jan 17, 2015 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

, the dimple-faced Norwegian skating sensation of the 1930s, shot to stardom when she appeared in her first motion picture for 20th Century Fox - One in a Million - in 1936. In less than a year she became the eighth most popular actress at the box office, but according to a Motion Picture... Read full article


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In 1940, when the Nazis invaded Norway, she was out of the country. She telegraphed her maid and told her to place a picture of her with Hitler, which he had autographed, in a prominent place in her house. When the Nazis arrived to take over the house, they saw the picture and left quickly. For the rest of the war, all of her possessions were left untouched by the Nazis.

Henie won the first of an unprecedented ten consecutive World Figure Skating Championships in 1927 at the age of fourteen. Henie went on to win the 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. She also won six consecutive European championships from 1931 to 1936.

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