Blanche (Blanka of Namur) b. 1318 d. 1363 Scandinavian Queen. She was the consort monarch of King Magnus VII of Norway, who also was Magnus IV of Sweden, and belonged to the Dampierre-sur-l'Aube Dynasty of Namur, now in Belgium. She was born at the Citadel of Namur in the heart of Walloon country, the daughter of Count Regnant John I. Her mother, Marie d'Artois, belonged to the French royal family. In 1334 the young King Magnus came all the way from the north to find his bride. (Sweden didn't give a princess back to Belgium for another...[Read More] (Bio by: J T Demitz) Mariekirkens ruin*, Oslo, Oslo County, Norway Plot: Church no longer exists. *This location is unconfirmed or in dispute.
Brown, Anne b. August 9, 1912 d. March 13, 2009 Opera Singer. A soprano, she is remembered for creating the role of Bess in George Gershwin's 1935 "Porgy and Bess". Born Anne Wiggins Brown, she was raised in Baltimore by a well-off family, grew up with a love of music, and is said to have been able to sing a scale before her first birthday. Though her talent was praised her race kept her out of Baltimore's Catholic schools and Peabody Conservatory; after training at Baltimore's Morgan College she was admitted to Juilliard at 16, becoming the...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cemetery of Our Saviour, Oslo, Oslo County, Norway
Collett, Camilla b. January 23, 1813 d. March 6, 1895 Author. She was called the first Norwegian feminist, and founded the genre of "realism" in Norwegian literature. Raised in a literary family (the younger sister of poet Henrik Wergeland), she started writing professionally soon after her marriage in 1841. Her only novel "Amtmandens Dottre" ("The District Governor's Daughters") was published, at first anonymously, in 1854 and 1855. It deals with the plight of girls in a patriarchial society, particularly centering on the issue of forced...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cemetery of Our Saviour, Oslo, Oslo County, Norway
Flagstad, Kirsten Målfrid b. July 12, 1895 d. December 7, 1962 Opera singer. Considered one of the greatest dramatic sopranos of the 20th century, she was admired for the sheer tonal beauty of her voice and its consistency of line and tone. Born in Hamar, Norway, her father was conductor Michael Flagstad and her mother pianist Marie Flagstad Johnsrud. She received early musical training in Oslo and made her stage debut at the National Theatre in 1913. Her first recordings date from 1913 to 1915. After further studies in Stockholm, Flagstad began a career...[Read More] (Bio by: Storm) Oslo Western Civil Cemetery, Oslo, Norway
Hacon VI (Haakon Magnusson) b. August, 1340 d. May 1, 1380 King of Norway and Sweden. Probably Håkan III of Sweden, counting back hundreds of years, he belonged to the Bielbo Dynasty as the son of Magnus IV of Sweden, who also was Magnus VII of Norway. His mother was Queen Blanche who was a close relative of the French royal family. Through his genealogical inheritance from a grandmother, Duchess Ingiburga, brief Queen Mother Regnant, he had succeeded his grandfather, Hacon V of Norway, at the age of three and was the sole ruler there since King Magnus...[Read More] (Bio by: J T Demitz) Mariekirkens ruin, Oslo, Oslo County, Norway Plot: Church is in ruins.
Hallvard, Saint b. 1020 d. 1043 Roman Catholic Saint and Martyr. He was born circa 1020 and little is known of his early life. His father was reportedly a wealthy farmer and his mother was supposed to have been related to Saint Olaf, the patron saint of Norway. According to tradition, he is considered a martyr because he died in defense of an innocent pregnant woman who was wrongly accused of theft. He had given her sanctuary on his ship and was going to transport her across Drammensfjord to safety when her accusers caught...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Old St Hallvard Church (Defunct), Oslo, Oslo County, Norway
Haraldsson, Inge I of Norway 'The Hunchback' b. 1135 d. February 3, 1161 Norwegian Monarch. He was the only legitimate son of King Harald IV Gille and his wife, Ingrid Ragnvaldsdotter. His father was murdered in 1136 by Sigurd Slembe, a pretender to the Norwegian throne. He was one year old when he was named king in 1136 at Borgarting and shared overall rule of Norway with his infant half-brothers, Magnus and Sigurd Haraldsson, who were named kings at their respective locations. According to the Morkinskinna and Heimskringla sagas, he could barely walk due to a hump...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Old St Hallvard Church (Defunct), Oslo, Oslo County, Norway
Haukelid, Knut b. May 17, 1911 d. March 8, 1994 Lieutenant, WW II hero. Twin brother of actress Sigrid Gurie, he was the leader of a sabotage team of Norwegians who first snuck into the German Heavy Water Plant at Rjukan and blew it up thus setting back German endeavours to produce a product vital to the development of an atomic bomb. After the war, he was a national hero, among the numerous high...[Read More] (Bio by: MC) Oslo Western Military Cemetery, Oslo, Oslo County, Norway
Heltberg, Hilde b. September 30, 1959 d. September 4, 2011 Singer, Songwriter. With a dozen albums to her credit, she shall be remembered as one of her country's leading pop and country artists. Raised on Oslo, little is recorded of her early years; apparently self taught, she began appearing in her late teens and got a major boost from winning a talent contest in the late 1970s. Hilde took her guitar and vocals to a number of groups including Uncle John's Band and X-Tra and in 1982 released her eponymous debut album. She had a hit with 1983's "On Bare...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Alfaset Cemetery, Oslo, Oslo County, Norway
Henie, Sonja b. April 8, 1912 d. October 12, 1969 Olympic Figure Skater and Actress. Considered by many as one of the greatest figure skaters in history, she is probably best remembered for winning the gold medal for Women's' Figure Skating at the 1928, 1932, and 1936 Winter Olympic Games in the Ladies' singles category as well as winning an unprecedented ten consecutive World Championship gold medals from 1927 to 1936 and six consecutive European Championship gold medals from 1931 to 1936, all in the Ladies' singles category. She is credited...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Cause of death: Leukemia Hilltop overlooking the Henie-Onstad Museum, Oslo, Oslo County, Norway Plot: With husband
Hofmo, Gunvor b. June 30, 1921 d. October 14, 1995 Poet and writer. Born in Oslo, she is considered to be among Norway’s most significant poets of the modernist movement, a genre of literature that made a self-conscious break with previous genres. Her works are published in more than twenty collections of poetry, a total of some 700 poems. Her debut came during the Second World War, while she was working as a cashier. She received a scholarship, and used the money to travel to France and Denmark. She also received several prizes from the...[Read More] (Bio by: Storm) Oslo Western Civil Cemetery, Oslo, Norway
Ibsen, Lillebil b. August 6, 1899 d. August 22, 1989 Dancer, Actress. Born Sofie Parelius Krohn in Norway, to Georg Monrad Krohn and Gyda Christensen. Her mother was instructor to the women's first National Ballet and from age five Sofie was trained as a ballet dancer, making her professional debut in "Prinsessen on erten" (1909) at the National Theatre. She then trained with Emilie Walborn in Copenhagen at the Royal Theatre, and in 1912 became a pupil of famed Russian choreographer [Read More] (Bio by: Denise) Cemetery of Our Saviour, Oslo, Oslo County, Norway
Krohg, Christian b. August 13, 1852 d. October 16, 1925 Painter, Author. He is probably best-known for his seascapes, which he depicted from unusual angles. His novel "Albertine" (1886) caused such a scandal with its sexual suggestiveness that it was confiscated by the police. Educated in Germany and later in Paris, Krohg was also a journalist for the Oslo-based newspaper "Verdens Gang" from 1890 to 1910. He also served as the Professor Director at the Norwegian Academy of Arts from 1909 until his death. He was the husband of painter Oda Krohg...[Read More] (Bio by: K) Cemetery of Our Saviour, Oslo, Oslo County, Norway