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Updated: Wenche Foss laid to rest. Norway bade a final farewell to one of its great stars at today’s open state funeral of Wenche Foss. “One of our dearest actors for more than 60 years has passed away with Wenche Foss. From her debut in 1935 until long after reaching retirement age in 1987, she brought joy to an entire people. Wenche Foss had a broad span as an actor, from the classical to the popular. We were never in doubt about her enthusiasm and her burning engagement. In addition to her versatile life as an actor she was a clear public voice. Among other things she contributed to increased openness by talking about her mentally handicapped son,” Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg writes in an email to The Foreigner, following the ceremony.

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Updated: Wenche Foss laid to rest

Published on Monday, 4th April, 2011 at 10:35 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 4th April 2011 at 16:31.

Norway bade a final farewell to one of its great stars at today’s open state funeral of Wenche Foss.

Statue of Wenche Foss (cropped)
Statue of Wenche Foss (cropped)
Photo: Bjørn Smestad/Flickr


“One of our dearest actors for more than 60 years has passed away with Wenche Foss. From her debut in 1935 until long after reaching retirement age in 1987, she brought joy to an entire people.

Wenche Foss had a broad span as an actor, from the classical to the popular. We were never in doubt about her enthusiasm and her burning engagement. In addition to her versatile life as an actor she was a clear public voice. Among other things she contributed to increased openness by talking about her mentally handicapped son,” Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg writes in an email to The Foreigner, following the ceremony.

In line with her wishes, former Bishop of Oslo Gunnar Stålsett made the opening address in Oslo Cathedral under what theatre critic and author of her biography, Mona Levin, told The Foreigner believes would be a ‘pre-directed’ funeral.

TRH King Harald and Queen Sonja also attended the service, and the Prime Minister made a short speech.

In addition to music played by virtuoso violinist Arve Tellefsen, mourners were able to hear an NRK 1946 archive recording (scroll down the page to hear the clip) of Wenche Foss singing Rikard Nordraak’s song “Ingrid Sletten”, with words by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, accompanied by Norwegian pianist Robert Levin.

Mr Levin was professor of accompaniment at the Norwegian Academy of Music (Norges Musikkhøgskole) and accompanied violinist Yehudi Menuhin for a period of 25 years in Europe and Israel.

Wenche Foss died peacefully one week ago, 93 years old, and was perhaps Norway’s only true stage and screen diva.



Published on Monday, 4th April, 2011 at 10:35 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 4th April 2011 at 16:31.

This post has the following tags: wenchefoss, hrhkingharald, hrhqueensonja, jensstoltenberg, arvetellefsen, gunnarstaalsett, oslocathedral.





  
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