Sonja Henie - biography

Figure Skater from Norway

Sonja Henie Sonja Henie (April 8, 1912 – October 12, 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. Sonja Henie was born in Kristiania, current Oslo, the only daughter of Wilhelm Henie (1872–1937), a prosperous Norwegian furrier and his wife Selma Lochmann-Nielsen (1888–1961). In addition to the income from the fur business, both of Henie's parents had inherited wealth. Wilhelm Henie had been a one-time World Cycling Champion and the Henie children were encouraged to take up a variety of sports at a young age. Henie initially showed talent at skiing, and then followed her older brother Leif to take up figure skating. As a girl, Henie was also a nationally ranked tennis player and a skilled swimmer and equestrienne. Once Henie began serious training as a figure skater, her formal schooling ended. She was educated by tutors, and her father hired the best experts in the  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Known as
Pavlova of the Ice
Date of birth
1912-04-08
Place of birth
Oslo
Nationality
Norway
Parents
Selma Lochmann-Nielsen, Wilhelm Henie
Spouse(s)
Dan Topping Winthrop Gardner Niels Onstad
Profession
Actor, Figure Skater

Athlete facts

Sports
Figure skating

Performances

Year Performance Character
1948 The Countess of Monte Cristo Karen Kirsten
1945 It's a Pleasure
1943 Wintertime
1941 Sun Valley Serenade
1938 My Lucky Star
1937 Thin Ice

Death

Date of death
1969-10-12
Cause of death
Leukemia
Place of death
Oslo

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