Sonja Henie: Queen Of The Ice
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
more Sonja Henie movies at the Amazon web site.
as well as those who are skating enthusiasts.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Old time movie magic, and great to see ice skating when was simple.Published 2 months ago by Joseph
An insightful window into the life of such an iconic Hollywood figure. Absolutely loved it!Published 16 months ago by Olivia
I think I have all her .movies and still like to watch them.Published 23 months ago by anton h fitzgerald
She was a wonderful skater, but her true life was tragic.Published on August 7, 2014 by Kristi Jenkins