Sonja Henie

Sonja Henie
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Sonja Henie
Film: North side of the 6100 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Actress | Athlete
Born April 8, 1912 in Oslo, Norway
Died Oct. 12, 1969 of leukemia in Oslo, Norway

Sonja Henie was the blond Norwegian figure skater who dominated the rink for a decade and then skated her way to a second fabulous career in films.

In 1927, she won her first world figure skating championship in Oslo, and retained that title for the next nine years.

She was the champion in the Olympics in 1928, 1932 and 1936.

In 1937, she made her motion picture debut in "One in a Million," followed by "This Ice," "My Lucky Star" and "Sun Valley Serenade."

Her wide, dimpled smile, pixie eyes and blonde Nordic good looks made her a great favorite of audiences during the years of World War II.

They also made her wealthy. Said to have had a keen business sense, she early acquired the nickname "Little Miss Moneybags" for her habit of prudent investments.

In 1956, with her film career largely behind her, she embarked on an avocation of art collecting, which resulted in one of the finest collections of paintings in Hollywood.

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