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Sonja Henie: Queen Of The Ice

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Narrated by Cliff Robertson

The daughter of a fur wholesaler, Sonja Henie received her first pair of ice skates when she was six. Eight years later, she was the Norwegian Skating Champion. At 15, she would win the gold medal in Skating at the 1928 Olympics, thus becoming the youngest Olympic skating champion -- a record that stood for 70 years. She repeated as champion in 1932 and 1936. A ten-time World Champion Women's Figure Skater, she was the first skater to parlay athletic success into a lucrative career. In 1936 she turned professional and began touring with her own ice show, and soon after caught the attention of Hollywood. She signed with 20th Century Fox and played an ice skater in One in a Million (1936). The film was a great success, and Sonja was now a movie star.

Sonja's popularity suffered briefly when a photograph was published showing her shaking hands with Adolf Hitler at the 1936 Olympic Winter Games in Berlin. She continued to make a series of light romantic comedies throughout the late 30s and early 40s. More a testament to her skating skills and physical attributes, the films were profitable and her popularity soared. Films like One in a Million, Thin Ice, and Wintertime helped bring financial success for the Hollywood Ice Revues that she produced and starred in every year and which drew huge crowds across the United States. Sonja became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1941. In the mid-40s her movie career tapered off, but she continued skating until her retirement in 1960. An astute businesswoman, Sonja was one of the ten wealthiest women in the world when she died of leukemia in 1969. Sonja was inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1976 and the International Women's Sport Hall of Fame in 1982.

Includes the French version "Patineuse De Legende" and a Photo Gallery.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Sonja Henie
  • Directors: Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Janson Media
  • DVD Release Date: March 16, 2016
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YOX3HO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,293 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Mary V. Havidich on April 15, 2008
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The life of Sonja Henie is extremely interesting....the pictures from
her past, including those during WW II are especially good.
The story held many items that I had never seen or heard of before,
including clips from her movies - many of which I missed.
All in all, a very good Biography of a great ice skater and a woman
who had it all, but was controled by other people - not unusal I
guess for a STAR who becomes a star as a child. She certainly was
the Queen of the Ice!
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Excellent presentation of the life of one of the most famous and talented skaters to move the Olympics to movies. Thoroughly enjoyed the clips of her life and the memories it evoked.
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I used to watch Sonja Henie's movies on TV years ago, and was fascinated with her lovely performances on ice. I knew she was Gold Medal Olympics winner, but did not know it was 3 times in a row. I very much enjoyed seeing clips of her performances, and at such a young age! Her life was, as for most, varied. It had challenges along with successes. Anyone who ever heard of her, and anyone who likes to see the Olympic figure skating events, in my opinion, would enjoy watching this. I'm glad I got to see this on instant video.
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The DVD exceeded my expectations as far as being a documentary on the life of Sonja Henie. It portrayed
her life from her early years through the end of her life. It showed excerpts from the many movies in which
she starred as well as her awards and Olympic medals.
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I absolutly loved this DVD. Not only does it provide the bio of Sonja but it also covers historical and current events that happen during her career on the ice. If you like history, you will enjoying viewing this movie.
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Thoroughly enjoyed this documentary.I have many of her movies. So this documentary was very interesting. I will continue to purchase
more Sonja Henie movies at the Amazon web site.
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This was a good Biography of Sonja Henie. Good film and pictures of her life and career. Detailed her personal life and demons. Well done biography that is just about the right length.
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Learned a lot about the lady and found the program extremely informative and enjoyable. Recommended to all history buffs
as well as those who are skating enthusiasts.
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