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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Throwback Thursday and Sonja Henie

Throwback Thursday and Sonja Henie

Born in Norway in 1912, Sonja Henie studied ballet as a child, but soon discovered that ice skating was her true passion. However, she continued to study dance with a former teacher of Anna Pavlova, and combined ballet skills with her skating. She competed in the first Winter Games of the Olympics in 1924 when she was eleven years old. In 1928 she won gold, and again in 1932 and 1936.

After retiring from competition, she moved to the United States and made her Hollywood debut in the movie One in a Million (1936), a musical that displayed her figure-skating talents. Other movies followed: Thin Ice, Happy Landing and Sun Valley Serenade.

In 1960 she retired and focused on her interest in art collecting. But in 1969 she was diagnosed with leukemia, a fact she kept secret until she died on October 12 of that year. She is buried on a hilltop overlooking the Henie-Onstad Museum.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Dance History Factoid #121:
“Sonya Henie was an Olympic figure skater who later appeared in movies.”

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Quote of the Day:
“I want to do with skates what Fred Astaire is doing with dancing.”
- Sonja Henie

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