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Queen of Ice, Queen of Shadows: The Unsuspected Life of Sonja Henie

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  12 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Reveals the hard edge of this skating star.
Published July 31st 1999 by Stein & Day (first published April 3rd 1988)
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[These notes were made in 1992:]. "Could be called Sonja Dearest," blares the front cover, but tho' the tone of this book is clearly set by the resentments and disappointments of Sonja's brother Leif, the all-out attack on her character does not surface until the later part of the book. That appears to have been the part of her life, not at all coincidentally, when she incurred the hostility of her brother Leif in a series of financially mean-spirited and (if he is to be believed) even fraudulen ...more
The author tries so hard to make Sonja Henie seem like a monster (the Mommie Dearest blurb on the cover is big giveaway), but the effort is too apparent. Example which was brought up almost every chapter: she swore a lot (her favorite word apparently started with an "m", but almost all her quotes have "sonofabitch" sprinkled throughout). Vapors! Seems like everyone interviewed found it endearing. Almost all of his arguments that Sonja = evil were equally ludicrous.

In almost every situtation, So
Wow. What an eye-opener. Sonja was born a spoiled little rich girl, and stayed that way her entire life.

The pretty dimpled blonde we see in old skating footage or Hollywood movies was a real battle-axe to friends AND family, and treated them like dirt, but always expected everything to go back to normal after a fight or separation. Her long-suffering secretary (20-something years!) was given nothing when Sonja died; her brother was forced to cede multiple real estate properties over to her when
Bonni Sweet
I enjoyed reading the book but Sonja clearly thinks of herself as #1 and that in the end, she wasn't given enough credit for anything.
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