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Sonja Henie
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Sonja Henie at the 1936 Olympics
Personal information
Full name Sonja Henie
Born (1912-04-08)8 April 1912
Oslo, Norway
Died 12 October 1969(1969-10-12) (aged 57)
during a flight from Paris to Oslo (leukemia)
Height 1.55 m (5 ft 1 in)
Former partner Jack Dunn
Stewart Reburn
Former coach Howard Nicholson
Skating club Oslo SK

Sonja Henie (8 April 1912 – 12 October 1969) was a famous Norwegian ice skater and movie star who was born in Oslo.

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). In 1936 she became a professional skater. Later she decided to become a movie star. At the height of her acting career she was one of the highest paid stars in Hollywood.

Henie's connections with Adolf Hitler and other high-ranking Nazi officials made her the subject of controversy before, during, and after World War II.

Henie was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in the mid-1960s. She died of the disease at age 57 in 1969 during a flight from Paris to Oslo. Generally regarded as one of the greatest figure skaters in history, she is buried with Onstad in Oslo on the hilltop overlooking the Henie Onstad Art Centre.

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