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Henie, Sonja Biography




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Pavlova of the Ice
8 April 1912, Kristiania, Norway. [now Oslo, Norway]
12 October 1969, en route by air to Oslo, Norway (leukemia)
5' 3"
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 Century-Fox and debuted in _One in a Million (1936)_ (qv), in which she played an ice skater. The picture was very successful, Sonja continued to make a series of light comedies throughout the late 1930s and early 1940s. More a testament to her skating skills and physical appearance than her acting prowess, the films were nevertheless profitable and her popularity soared. Her films' success garnered financial success for the Hollywood Ice Revues that she produced and starred every year. Her movie career wound down during the mid-'40s, but she continued skating until she retired in 1960. An astute businesswoman and due to marrying shipping magnate Niels Onstad ("the Onassis of Norway") in 1956, Sonja was one of the ten wealthiest women in the world when she died of leukemia in 1969.
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-   'Daniel Topping' (qv) (4 July 1940 - 13 February 1946) (divorced)

-   'Niels Onstad' (qv) (6 June 1956 - 12 October 1969) (her death)

-   'Winthrop Gardner' (qv) (15 September 1949 - 14 May 1956) (divorced)


-   Accomplished skier and tennis player

-   Won 3 olympic gold medals between 1928 and 1936. She was the first skater to parlay her athletic success into a lucrative career.

-   10 time World Champion Women's Figure Skating according to A&E Biography

-   She was the youngest Olympic skating champion - 15 years and 10 months of age when she won the 1928 gold medal. This record was beaten only in 1998 by a two-month younger American 'Tara Lipinski'.

-   Lost popularity when a photograph was published showing her shaking hands with 'Adolf Hitler' (qv).

-   The photograph of her shaking hands with Adolf Hitler was taken at the 1936 Olympic Winter Games in Germany, and Hitler - being the host nations leader - naturally met several contestants. In that context many claim it's not fair to really judge any of the athletes who encountered Hitler at the games, while others claim Henie should have refused to shake his hand. It is of course easy to judge in retrospect, knowing what we know today of Hitler's later crimes against humanity.

-   Robbed of jewels twice in six months in 1952

-   Accumulated a large collection of modern art together with her third husband that formed the basis for the Henie-Onstad Art Centre in the city of Tampere, about 200 km from Oslo. They are buried on the hilltop overlooking the museum.

-   Became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1941.

-   Inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame (1976) and the International Women's Sport Hall of Fame (1982).

-   The signature of her ice skate blades adorns the cement at Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

-   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.

-   After she turned pro, she staged a series of successful ice-skating shows with 'Arthur Wirtz' (qv).

-   Daughter of 'Wilhelm Henie' (qv).


-   Active on Broadway in the following productions:

-   Howdy, Mr. Ice of 1950 (1949). Special production. Music by Albert Stillman and Alan Moran. Lyrics by 'Albert Stillman' (qv) and Alan Moran. Directed by 'Catherine Littlefield' (qv). Center Theatre: 26 May 1949- 15 Apr 1950 (430 performances). Cast: Eddie Baxter, Skippy Baxter, The Bruises, Paul Castle, Jinx Clark, Dick Craig, Bill Douglas, Arthur Erickson, Nola Fairbanks, Buster Grace, John Kasper, Sid Krofft, Fred Martell, Buck Pennington, The Prestons, Eileen Seigh, Harrison Thomson, Cissy Trenholm, Freddie Trenkler, Trixie, John Walsh. Produced by 'Sonja Henie' (qv) and Arthur M. Wirtz.

-   Howdy, Mr. Ice (1948). Special production. Music by 'Albert Stillman' (qv) and Alan Moran. Lyrics by Albert Stillman and Alan Moran. Music arranged by Paul Van Loan. Choreographed by 'Catherine Littlefield' (qv). Assistant Choreographer: Dorothie Littlefield. Skating Director: May Judels. Directed by Catherine Littlefield. Center Theatre: 24 Jun 1948- 23 Apr 1949 (406 performances). Cast: Lloyd "Skippy" Baxter, The Bruises, Paul Castle, Jinx Clark, Buster Grace, John Kasper, Buck Pennington, Mickee Preston, Paul Preston, Rudy Richards, Eileen Seigh, 'James Sisk' (qv), Harrison Thomson, Cissy Trenholm, Tixie, John Walsh, Dick Craig, Bill Douglas, Arthur Erickson, Nola Fairbanks, Fred Martell, Eileen Thompson, Margaret Barry, Peggy Bauer, Josephine Belluccia, Dorothy Bergman, Eddie Berry, Evelyn Biderman, Grace Blackman, Ray Blow, Ann Boykin, Charles Caminiti, Nick Dantos, Bernice Deane, Gerry Decker, Helen Dutcher, Kurt Fischman, Louis Glessman, Walli Hackman, Pat Harrington, Gloria Haupt, Ray Hendrickson, Dan Hurley, Lynne Immes, Joan King, George Kramser, Gene Leff, Pat Lemaire, Kenneth Leslie, Robert Lewis, Ann Liff, Marjorie Mahne, Ernest Mann, Mickey Meehan, John Melendez, Marvette Mosic, Doris Nelson, Ken Parker, Gus Patrick, James Paul, Priscilla Paulson, The Prestons, Sandy Quitne, Ragna Ray, Gerri Richardson, Rusty Rodgers, Lela Rolontz, Theresa Rothacker, Betty Smith, Beth Stevens, Leonard Stofka, Stephen Stofka, William Taft, Eileen Thompson, James Toth, Wally Van Sickle, William Waldren, Catherine Webber, Harvey Weber. Produced by 'Sonja Henie' (qv), Arthur M. Wirtz and Sonart Productions, Inc. (William H. Burke, Production Director, Arthur M. Wirtz, Executive Director).

-   Icetime of 1948 (1947). Special. Music by James Littlefield and John Fortis. Lyrics by James Littlefield and John Fortis. Musical Direction by David Mendoza. Choreographed by 'Catherine Littlefield' (qv) and Dorothie Littlefield. Scenic Design by Bruno Maine and Edward Gilbert. Costume Design by Lou Eisele, Billy Livingston and Kathryn Kuhn. Lighting Design by Eugene Braun. Direct by Catherine Littlefield. Center Theatre: 28 May 1947- 3 Apr 1948 (422 performances). Cast: Skippy Baxter, Helga Brandt, Inge Brandt, James Caesar, James Carter, Paul Castle, Charles Cavanaugh, Kay Corcoran, Richard Craig, Claire Dalton, Fritz Dietl, Nola Fairbanks, Lou Folds, Buster Grace, Fred Griffith, Joan Hyldoft, Joe Jackson Jr., John Kasper, Lucille Risch, Jean Sakovich, James Sisk, Charles Slagle, Sidney Spalding, Geoffe Stevens, Monte Stott, Cissy Trenholm, Freddie Trenkler, Janet Van Sickle, John Walsh, Melba Welch. Produced by 'Sonja Henie' (qv) and Arthur M. Wirtz.

-   Icetime (1946). Special. Music by James Littlefield and John Fortis. Lyrics by James Littlefield and John Fortis. Music arranged by Paul Van Loan. Scenic Design by Edward Gilbert. Costume Design by Lou Eisele and Billy Livingston. Lighting Design by Eugene Braun. Conducted by David Mendoza. Center Theatre: 20 Jun 1946- 12 Apr 1947 (405 performances). Cast: 'Florence Ballard' (qv), Robert Ballard, Helga Brandt, Inge Brandt, Denise Briault, James Caesar, Paul Castle, Richard Craig, Claire Dalton, Fritz Dietl, Buster Grace, Joan Hyldoft, Patrick Kazda, Jay Martin, Jack Reese, Charlie Slagle, Sid Spalding, Geoffe Stevens, Bing Stott, Monte Stott, Freddie Trenkler, Shirley Weber. Produced by 'Sonja Henie' (qv) and Arthur M. Wirtz.

-   Hats Off to Ice (1944). 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' (qv). Assistant Choreographer: Dorothie Littlefield. Skating Directed by May Judels. Directed by William H. Burke and Catherine Littlefield. Center Theatre: 22 Jun 1944- 2 Apr 1946 (889 performances/on hiatus from 6 May 1945- 29 May 1945). Cast: Nancy Adamack, Everett Anderson, Julian Apley, Katherine Arnaiz, Bob Ballard, Margaret Barry, James Black, Brandt Sisters, James Caesar, William Campbell, Helen Carter, James Carter, William Carvel, Paul Castle, Elouise Christine, Jean Conrad, Kay Corcoran, Jeanne Crystall, Jere Decker, Manuel Del Toro, Joachim Dietl, Helen Dutcher, Alice Farrar, Bernard Feldman, Harper Flaherty, Fred Griffith, Gordon Harris, Janet Hester, Gordon Holley, Barbara Johnson, May Judels, Edith Kandel, Fred Kaufman, James Kenny, Garry Kerman, Billy Kling, Andrei Kristopher, Alfred Kutchy, Annette Lawrence, Alex Lindgren, Virginia Litz, Marion Lulling, Carol Lynne, Pat Marshall, Arthur Meheen, Sharlee Munster, Ruth Noland, Bernice O'Dell, Lucille Page, John Patterson, Robert Payne, Bert Pegram, Jane Petri, Robert Petrillo, Jack Raffloer, Ragna Ray, Rudy Richards, Lucille Risch, John Roach, Don Rogers, Lela Rolontz, Theresa Rothacker, Jane Sakovich, Caley Sisters, Geoffe Stevens, Charlie Storey, Bing Stott, Jean Sturgeon, Sally Tepley, Dorothy Thomas, Eileen Thompson, Helen Thompson, Tom Travers, Freddie Trenkler, Gretle Uksila, Robert Uksila, George Wagner, Peggy Whight, Claire Wilkins, Michelle Winters, Harvey Wolfers. Produced by 'Sonja Henie' (qv) and Arthur M. Wirtz.

-   Stars on Ice (1942). Special. Choreographed by 'Catherine Littlefield' (qv). Scenic Design by Bruno Maine. Costume Design by Lucinda Ballard. Lighting Design by Eugene Braun. Directed by William H. Burke. Center Theatre: 2 Jul 1942- 16 Apr 1944 (827 performances/show on hiatus from 16 May 1943- 15 Jun 1943). Cast: Irene Abitz, Vivian Allen, Clarence Anderson, Donald Arthur, Meryl Baxter, Skippy Baxter, G.W. Bennett, Jeanne Berman, Edwina Blades, Helge Brandt, Inge Brandt, Ted Bruenn, Helen Bull, Dorothy Caley, James Carter, Paul Castle, Dorothy Chandler, Corrynne Church, Irene Church, Bruce Clark, Lyle Clark, Bob Coffman, Jean Conrad, Kay Corcoran, Adolph Davidson, Jerry Decker, Thomas DePauw, Fritz Dietl, Marta Dietl, Paul Duke, Peter Fenton, Kurt Fishman, The Four Bruises, Peggy Gordon, Buster Grace, Hertha Grossman, Walter Hedberg, Janet Hester, Alex Hurd, Pearl Joseph, Edith Kandel, Jack Kilty, Billie Kling, Ray Koby, Karen Lane, Carol Lynne, Arthur Meehan, Mayita Montez, Leonard Muncaster, Sharlee Munster, Dr. A. Douglas Nelles, Ruth Noland, Lucille O'Day, Patsy O'Day, Muriel Pack, Vera Papa, Bob Petrillo, Daphne Poole, Rudy Richards, Florence Rohr, Neil Rose, Trudy Schneider, 'James Sisk' (qv) (as "Boy"), Stan Skidmore, Charlie Slagle, Sidney Spaulding, Geoffe Stevens, Will Stikarowski, Bing Stott, Monte Stott, William Taft, Cliff Thaell, Edwina Thaell, Eileen Thompson, Fred Thompson, Helen L. Thompson, Freddie Trenkler, Rudy Van Dyke, Twinkle Watts, Bob Whight, Peggy Whight, Rob Wilson, James Wright, Mary Jane Yeo. Produced by 'Sonja Henie' (qv), Arthur M. Wirtz and William H. Burke.

-   It Happens on Ice (1941). Special [return engagement]. Music by 'Vernon Duke' (qv), Fred E. Ahlert and Peter De Rose. Lyrics by 'Albert Stillman' (qv) and Mitchell Parish. Musical Director: Erno Rapee. Choreographed by 'Catherine Littlefield' (qv) and Gene Snyder. Scenic Design by Norman Bel Geddes. Costume Design by 'Norman Bel Geddes' (qv). Lighting Design by 'Norman Bel Geddes' (qv). Conducted by David Mendoza and Jack Pfeiffer. Directed by Leon Leonidoff. Center Theatre: 15 Jul 1941- 26 Apr 1942 (386 performances). Cast: Dorothy Allan, John Anderson, Donald Arthur, Betty Atkinson, Shirley Barney, Meryl Baxter, Skippy Baxter, Gene Berg, Raymond Berg, Jeanne Berman, Edwina Blades, Helga Brandt, Audrey Butler, Dorothy Caley, Paul Castle, Charles Cavanaugh, Dorothy Chandler, Corryne Church, Kay Corcoran, Jo Ann Dean, Thomas DePauw, Fritz Dietl, Marta Dietl, John Dunaway, Scott Edwards, Temme Ellis, Arthur Erickson, June Forrest, The Four Bruises, Iris Gordon, Hertha Grossman, Charles Hain, Jimmy Hawley, Janet Hester, Allex Herd, Pearl Joseph, May Judels, Jack Kilty, Leon Kosofsky, Le Verne, Tommy Lee, Bernice Loughborough, Tex Mangrum, Dr. A. Douglas Nelles, Ruth Noland, Lucille O'Day, Patsy O'Day, Daphne Poole, Rudy Richards, Florence Rohr, Neil Rose, Edmund Rudink, Trudy Schneider, Jimmy Sisk, Stan Skidmore, Charlie Slagle, Hedi Stenuf, Ethel Stout, Cliff Thael, Rona Thael, Helen Thompson, Freddie Trenkler, John Van Doren, Georg Von Birgelen, Charlotte Weitzel, Nancy Mae Woodbury, James Wright, Mary Jane Yeo. Produced by 'Sonja Henie' (qv), Arthur M. Wirtz and Sonart Productions, Inc. (William H. Burke, Production Director. Arthur M. Wirtz, Executive Director).

-   It Happens on Ice (1940). Special. Music by 'Vernon Duke' (qv), Fred E. Ahlert and Peter De Rose. Lyrics by 'Albert Stillman' (qv) and Mitchell Parish. Musical Director: Erno Rapee. Choreographed by 'Catherine Littlefield' (qv). Assistant Choreographer: Robert Linden. Scenic Design by Norman Bel Geddes. Costume Design by 'Norman Bel Geddes' (qv). Lighting Design by 'Norman Bel Geddes' (qv). Conducted by David Mendoza. Directed by Leon Leonidoff. Center Theatre: 10 Oct 1940- 15 Jun 1941 (276 performances/on hiatus from 8 Mar 1941- 4 Apr 1941). Cast: Dorothy Allan, John Anderson, Donald Arthur, Betty Atkinson, Rawdon Barnes, Shirley Barney, Lloyd Baxter, Meryl Baxter, Gene Berg, Jeanne Berman, Howard Bissell, Edwina Blades, Eileen Brokaw, Audrey Butler, Gweneth Butler, Dorothy Caley, Hazel Caley, Angela Carson, Paul Castle, Charles Cavanaugh, Dorothy Chandler, Lynn Clare, Louise Clark, Lyle Clark, 'Joe Cook (I)' (qv), Kay Corcoran, Jo Ann Dean, Bill Dewey, George Dewey, Fritz Dietl, John Dunaway, Marion Eddy, Joan Edwards, Scott Edwards, Arthur Erickson, Peggy Fahy, June Forrest, The Four Bruises, Gladys Gooding, Buster Grace, Ian Grey, Hertha Grossman, Charles Hain, William Hanston, Janet Hester, Theckla Horn, Pearl Joseph, May Judels, Jack Kilty, Felix Knight, Leon Kosofsky, Reszka Law, Le Verne, Tommy Lee, Bernice Loughborough, Tex Mangrum, Fred Marshall, Andy McBann, Albert McNulty, Margot Miller, Dr. A. Douglas Nelles, Arthur Nelles, Ruth Noland, Patsy O'Day, Lillian Oldham, Jack Reese, Rudy Richards, Ronnie Roberts, Florence Rohr, Neil Rose, Edmund Rudink, Trudy Schneider, Charles Senna, Clarence Senna, General Senna, Stan Skidmore, Charlie Slagle, Sidney Spaulding, Hedi Stenuf, Geoffe Stevens, Charles Storey, Montey Stott, Ethel Stout, Cliff Thael, Rona Thael, The Buccaneers, The Ice Age Quartet, Eileen Thompson, Helen Thompson, Freddie Trenkler, Georg Von Birgelen, Charlotte Weitzel, Kenny Williams, Gene Winchester, Nancy Mae Woodbury, James Wright, Mary Jane Yeo. Produced by 'Sonja Henie' (qv), Arthur M. Wirtz and Sonart Productions, Inc. (William H. Burke, Production Director. Arthur M. Wirtz, Executive Director).


-   Leif Henie, with 'Raymond Strait' (qv). _Queen of Ice, Queen of Shadows: The Unsuspected Life of Sonja Henie._ New York: Stein & Day, 1985. ISBN 0812829786

-   Sonja Henie. _Wings On My Feet._ 1940.

-   Merete Lie Hoel. _Sonja Henie._ Oslo: Grøndahl og Dreyer, 1992.

-   Mona Pedersen. _Henie i Hollywood._ Oslo: Norsk Filminstitutt, 2002. ISBN 82-8025-009-3

-   Alf G.Andersen. _Som i en drøm - Sonja Henies liv._ Oslo: Schibsted, 1985. ISBN 82-516-1041-9

-   Michael Kirby. _Figure Skating to Fancy Skating: Memoirs of the Life of Sonja Henie._ 2000. ISBN 157197220X


-   [on studio publicity promoting what was an imaginary romance with Tyrone Power] We had to consult the gossip columns every day to see if we were still in love or not.


-   _The Autograph Hound (1939)_ (qv)

-   _The Hockey Champ (1939)_ (qv)

-   _Hollywood Steps Out (1941)_ (qv)


-   _One in a Million (1936)_ (qv) -> $400,000

-   _Thin Ice (1937)_ (qv) -> $125,000


-   "Funk und Film" (Austria), 9 September 1949, Vol. 5. Jahrg., Iss. No. 36, pg. 3, by: S., "Sonja - zu Lande - zu Wasser - und am Eis"


-   "Screen Album" (USA), Fall 1943

-   "Look" (USA), 1 February 1938, "Why Sonja Henie left home"

-   "1938 Hollywood Ice Revue" (USA), 1938, "World has produced only one Sonja Henie"


-   "Celebrity Sleuth" (USA), 2000, Vol. 13, Iss. 7, pg. 40-41, by: staff, "3-Time Ice Queen"


-   "Funk und Film" (Austria), 9 September 1949, Vol. 5. Jahrg., Iss. No. 36

-   "Hollywood" (USA), October 1941

-   "Modern Screen" (USA), March 1941

-   "Hollywood" (USA), October 1938

-   "Song Hits" (USA), October 1938

-   "Pour Vous" (France), 20 July 1938, Iss. 505

-   "Look" (USA), 1 February 1938

-   "Movie Mirror" (USA), December 1937

-   "Love and Romance" (USA), October 1937

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