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Complete in her presentation case is this 14-inch Sonja.
Photo courtesy of Theriault's.

Wearing her Tyrolean costume, this
Sonja is 21-inches in height.

1936 Olympics were held in Germany, she and the other Olympians
were obliged to interact with Hitler during the ceremonies. The only
reason her family home in Norway was not destroyed during the
Nazi occupation is because Hitler had signed a photo to Sonja which
was on display. Becoming a naturalized American citizen in 1940,
Henie worked tirelessly for the U. S. War effort.
With her popularity, Sonja Henie was highly merchandised.
Though, not a child or teen performer like those of the same time
who had a variety of merchandising lines, she was completely
unique and appealed to children as well as adults. Most of her films
could be considered family fare. So, paint and coloring books, paper
doll books and all kinds of skating tie-ins were associated with Sonja.
Madame Alexander realized the grand potential in a doll
based on Sonja Henie. Madam's flair for costuming would have a
major fling. Doll companies saw superior success with their dolls
depicting Twentieth Century Fox stars--- Ideal with Shirley Temple,
and Alexander herself with Jane Withers. Sonja saw the benefit in
such merchandising.
As with Jane Withers, Alexander commissioned artist Bernard
Lipfert to create a unique face mold for the Sonja Henie doll. In fact,
he made four molds--- the all composition doll being made in 13 inch,
14 inch, 18 inch and 21 inch sizes. The dolls were usually marked on
the back of their heads, MADAME ALEXANDER/SONJA HENIE.
Her clothing also featured a sewn in label with her name. Her wrist
tag and box feature her image and name also. The 13 inch doll
features the two piece Wendy-Ann twist waist. All dolls were coifed
with extravagantly styled human hair wigs in blonde. The skating
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