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Detroit evening times. (Detroit, Mich) 1921-1958, April 01, 1945, FINAL, Image 101

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By LOUELLA O. PARSONS
Motion Picture Editor International
New* Service
every time I
have telephoned
Sonja Henie in the
last six months it has boon to
chock on a rumor that she and
Dan Topping, her millionaire
husband, had decided to part.
Rumors have come up so thick
and fast, but always Sonja has
boon very polito in her stead
fast denial. Certainly, I thought,
I wouldn’t be as cordial if any
one asked me the same ques
tion so many times.
I said the other day when
she and I had a visit, “Sonja,
you are a very good sport not
to get annoyed.”
“What’s the use,” she said,
“Ran has been away a lot
with the Marines and there
is hound to be gossip. The
one thing that nearly
brought on a serious battle
was when a Honolulu new*,
paper printed that I wa* see
ing Dick Hayroe* every eve
ning.
“I have never even met
Mr. Haymes.**
"Whj-n Dan came home he
demanded to know why I
went out with that Dick
Haymes. It was so funny
I had to laugh. He laughed
with me when he finally
knew how mistaken be was.
“I would like to meet that
Dick,” I told Dan.
Sonja, the day she came to
see me, was getting ready to
go into training for “The Count
ess of Monte Cristo."
She said she did all her skat
ing sequences first in “It’s a
Pleasure" and it was won
derful
“I can only keep in top
form as a skater a certain
number of weeks and it’s no
time to do skating at the end
of strenuous acting.
“Now I have a rink which
William Goetz put right on
the International lot, so it
won’t be so difficult.”
I was interested in hearing
Sonja say that no .skater can
keep in top form without going
stale for longer than six or
eight weeks.
“That’s why,” she said, “I
cut my tours short.”
I remarked on her dancing
In “/fa a Pleasure. ”
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“I studied ballet dancing,
as most skaters do, when I
w as a very young child.”
I recalled the first time I
had interviewed her. She was
as plump as a butter ball
round and cute. Now she is
very slender and without an
ounce of superfluous weight.
“I would love to see ‘One
in a Million/” she said, “iny
first picture. The one I did
with Don Anierhe. I was so
frightened then. All the critics
spoke of my plumpness.”
I asked Sonja if she had
heard what happened to her
home in Norway.
“The Crown Prince and
Princess of Norway came
back to see me,” she said,
"when I was skating at the
Madison Square Garden. They
said the Nazis had taken my
house and were living there,
but only In summer.”
“I feel sad,” Sonja said,
“when I think how hungry
the people of Norway must
he and of all their privations.
I have ntade many records to
send back for theM;. S. 0.
with ntessages of cheer. I
talked with so many of the
Norwegian flyers—boy* who
escaped to England and were
sent to Canada for their
training.”
"They told me there are
more radios in Norway now
than at any time and a reg
ular underground system ex
ists. That’s where my rec
ords go,” she said.
“I asked some of the boy*
what they eat there.
“Nothing but fruit and
things that come off trees.
The Germans have all the po
tatoes and fish.”
Sonja is now an American
citizen, but she says she hopes *
to go back after the war and
offer any assistance she can
give to the rebuilding of the
country of her birth.
She seems very happy in her
career, and I don’t wonder, for
"It s a Pleasure” has really
given her a new lease on life.
“Nine years since I started
making pictures,” said Sonja.
"I’m getting to be an old
timer.”
“Don’t say that,” I said.
“Why only yesterday you
were the newest star In
movies.”
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