Sonja Henie Professional Figure Skater

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.

Personal details

Date of birth
April 8th, 1912
Nationality
Norway
Date of death
October 12th, 1969 at age of 57
Place of death
Oslo, Norway
Cause of death
Leukemia
Places lived
Oslo
pop. 593,045 (2010)

Family

Parents
Spouses

Movie performances

Average rating by genre

GenreNum. of titlesAvg. rating
Comedy96.42
Romance76.46
Music26.9
Musical66.38

1. The Countess of Monte Cristo (1948)

Comedy, Romance
played Karen Kirsten
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
77.0
John Beck
8 Show list

The Countess of Monte Cristo is a 1948 American comedy film directed by Frederick De Cordova and starring Sonja Henie, Olga San Juan and Dorothy Hart.

Awards

Top cast

Assistant Director Jensen
Hotel Managing Director
Charlie
Lt. Paul Von Cram
Jenny Johnsen
Peg Manning
Skating Specialty
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Edward Cronjager
Billy Livingston
English
United States of America

2. It's a Pleasure (1945)

Comedy, Musical
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
87.0

It's a Pleasure is a 1945 film starring Sonja Henie.

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Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

3. Wintertime (1943)

Comedy, Musical, Romance
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
82.0

Wintertime is a 1943 Twentieth Century-Fox musical film starring Sonja Henie and Cesar Romero, and featuring Woody Herman and His Orchestra.

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Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
,
Glen MacWilliams
René Hubert
English
United States of America

4. Iceland (1942)

Musical, Romance
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
79.0

Iceland is a 20th Century Fox musical film directed by H. Bruce Humberstone set in Iceland, starring skater Sonja Henie and John Payne as a U.S. Marine posted in Iceland during World War II. The film was titled Katina in Great Britain and Marriage on Ice in Australia. Fox reteamed their two leads and director from the previous year's musical Sun Valley Serenade and set the story in the then contemporary American Marine landing and occupation of Iceland in 1941. Payne had previously played a Marine in Fox's To the Shores of Tripoli also directed by Humberstone. Among the songs are "There Will Never Be Another You" and "You Can't Say No to a Soldier". Some Icelanders protested against the film for its depiction of Marines winning away the local women. Henie's on-ice partner during the filmed skating sequences was 1940/41 U.S. Champion Eugene Turner.

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Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

5. Sun Valley Serenade (1941)

Comedy, Music, Romance
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
86.0
Robert Harari
,
Art Arthur
, ,
Helen Logan

Sun Valley Serenade is a 1941 musical film starring Sonja Henie, John Payne, Glenn Miller, Milton Berle, and Lynn Bari. It features the Glenn Miller Orchestra as well as dancing by the Nicholas Brothers and Dorothy Dandridge, performing "Chattanooga Choo Choo", which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1996, and was awarded the first Gold Record for sales of 1.2 million.

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Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

6. Everything Happens at Night (1939)

Comedy, Drama
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
78.0

Everything Happens at Night is a 1939 American film. Ray Milland and Robert Cummings play competing newspapers reporters, in Switzerland, on the trail of the Nobel Prize winner Dr. Norden. Norden was supposed to have been killed in Germany. Both reporters meet, and fall in love with, a young woman who turns out to be Norden's daughter living under an assumed name. Their discovery of her father brings the Gestapo.

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Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English, French
United States of America

7. Second Fiddle (1939)

Comedy, Music
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
85.0

Second Fiddle is a 1939 American musical romance film directed by Sidney Lanfield and starring Sonja Henie, Tyrone Power, Rudy Vallee and Lyle Talbot. The score was composed by Irving Berlin. A Hollywood publicity agent falls in love with a new actress he helped to discover. The film parodies the extensive search for an actress to play Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind. It is sometimes known as Irving Berlin's Second Fiddle.

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Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

8. My Lucky Star (1938)

Comedy, Musical, Romance
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
90.0

My Lucky Star is a 1938 romantic comedy film. This was Norwegian ice-skating Olympic champion Sonja Henie's fourth film.

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Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

9. Thin Ice (1937)

Comedy, Musical, Romance
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
79.0
,
Attila Orbók
,
Boris Ingster
1 Show list

Thin Ice is a United States comedy/romance film directed by Sidney Lanfield starring Tyrone Power and figure skater Sonja Henie.

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Top cast

Prince Rudolph aka Rudy Miller
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Edward Cronjager
,
Robert H. Planck
English
United States of America

10. One In a Million (1936)

Comedy, Musical, Romance
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
95.0

One In a Million is a 1936 film directed by Sidney Lanfield.

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Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

Personal movie appearances

Title Year Appearance type Budget Awards Producers Directors Writers
Olympic Figure Skating: Greatest Performances in History: Vol. 2
2007

Guest TV appearances

The Colgate Comedy Hour

Program genre

Variety show
Television comedy

External resources

The Colgate Comedy Hour is an American comedy-musical variety series that aired live on the NBC network from 1950 to 1955. The show featured many notable comedians and entertainers of the era as guest stars.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S04-E21 February 21st, 1954

The Ed Sullivan Show

Program genre

Reality television
Variety show
Comedy
Family
Sketch comedy

External resources

The Ed Sullivan Show is an American TV variety show that ran on CBS from Sunday June 20, 1948 to Sunday June 6, 1971, and was hosted by New York entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan. It was replaced in September 1971 by the CBS Sunday Night Movie, which ran only one season and was eventually replaced by other shows.nIn 2002, The Ed Sullivan Show was ranked #15 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. In 2013, the series finished #31 in TV Guide Magazine's 60 Best Series of All Time.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S06-E15 December 21st, 1952

Olympic medals

1936 Winter Olympics Garmisch-Partenkirchen

The 1936 Winter Olympics, officially known as the IV Olympic Winter Games, were a winter multi-sport event which was celebrated in 1936 in the market town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria, Germany. Germany also hosted the Summer Olympics the same year in Berlin. 1936 is the last year in which the Summer and Winter Games were both held in the same country. The 1936 Winter Olympics were organized on behalf of the Sports Office of the Third Reich by Karl Ritter von Halt. Von Halt had been named President of the Committee for the organization of the Fourth Winter Olympics in Garmisch by Reichssportführer Hans von Tschammer und Osten.

Medal Event Date Location Other medalists
Gold
Figure skating - Women's Singles 1936

1932 Winter Olympics Lake Placid

The 1932 Winter Olympics, officially known as the III Olympic Winter Games, were a winter multi-sport event in the United States, held in Lake Placid, New York. The games opened on February 4 and closed on February 15. It was the first of four Winter Olympics held in the United States; Lake Placid hosted again in 1980.

Medal Event Date Location Other medalists
Gold
Figure skating - Women's Singles 1932

1928 Winter Olympics St. Moritz

The 1928 Winter Olympics, officially known as the II Olympic Winter Games, were a winter multi-sport event which was celebrated February 11–19, 1928 in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The 1928 Games were the first true Winter Olympics held on its own as they were not in conjunction with a Summer Olympics. The preceding 1924 Games were retroactively renamed the inaugural Winter Olympics, though they had been in fact part of the 1924 Summer Olympics. All preceding Winter Events of the Olympic Games were the winter sports part of the schedule of the Summer Games, and not held as a separate Winter Games. These games also replaced the now redundant Nordic Games, that were held quadrennially since early in the century. Fluctuating weather conditions made these Olympics memorable. The opening ceremony was held in a blizzard.[10] In contrast, warm weather conditions plagued the Olympics for the remainder of the Games, requiring cancellations of one event with temperatures as high as 25 °C.

Medal Event Date Location Other medalists
Gold
Figure skating - Women's Singles 1928

Namesakes

1.Henie Onstad Kunstsenter

Museum
The Henie Onstad Kunstsenter is an art museum located at Høvikodden in Bærum municipality, Norway. It is situated on a headland jutting into the Oslofjord, approximately 10 kilometres south of Oslo.
Located in Geolocation Official website
Akershus
59.888775,10.552933

Wikipedia

Check Sonja Henie on wikipedia.

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