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17/Aug at 21:19



Ellen Winther, Denmark 1962 - © Nils Meilvang
© Nils Meilvang

1962 Danish participant

Denmark: Ellen Winther dies at the age of 78

Singer and actress Ellen Winther who represented Denmark in the 1962 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Vuggevisehas died at the age of 78. Ellen Winther finished in 10th position in the contest held at the Grand Auditorium de RTL, Villa Louvigny, Luxembourg on 18 March 1962. This was the only time she has participated in the Danish national final.

R.I.P. Ellen

Ellen worked for nearly three decades at the Danish Royal National Theatre as a singe and was often seen in roles in the most popular film and TV series in Denmark.

In the last years she lived a very private life away from the public. would like to thank Frank Holm for submitting this article.

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The Former TIMSRITNS ;) [52207]
Sun 21 Aug 2011 23:19:23


As time has gone by "Vuggevise" is a song I have "learned" to like. And the lyrics are partly very beautiful. They e.g. talk about "the sun has dragged it's curtian" - i.e. the sun has gone down. Poetic.....

Someone said DK entries used to be original in the early 60s. I dunno how? As I found them most - apart from "Dansevise", quite typical. But good that someone can feel so :)

She became 78 y.o.. So I guess it might have been a disease who put an end to her life? In some cases it was not reported. E.g. with Jaques Hustin (Belgium 74) who died on the day 25 years after his ESC-participation.

Yes, always said when one of "our" singers die. But as someome said here, it's life. Every day some people arrive. Everyday some people leave our world. And who knows... maybe a future ESC-singer is born on this day.

Mic Simon [31486]
Sat 20 Aug 2011 00:12:47

Må hun hvile i fred! :(
I remember her best as an actres at Matador, Landmandsliv, Flagermusen & Jul på slottet

But she was fine at both singing and acting.

just me and my guitar... [61885]
Fri 19 Aug 2011 19:49:58

Rest in peace lady..a fine singer indeed..A nice 60s ballad her entry..but Denmark has grown big in musical terms mostly in the more recent contests than this.
My deepest condolences to all her close ones..

Karl P. [61041]
Fri 19 Aug 2011 05:40:36

R.I.P. Ellen Winther. :(

Roselil Denmark [61985]
Thu 18 Aug 2011 21:36:38

Rest in peace Ellen :(

oxi allo karvouno [62420]
Thu 18 Aug 2011 17:05:11

Sad news; Vuggevise is a good song indeed; fine voice too.
May she rest in peace.

Stop, ja stop [29535]
Thu 18 Aug 2011 16:47:34

Hvil i fred Ellen.

Daniel C דניאל כ [60086]
Thu 18 Aug 2011 10:54:07

RIP Ellen, she had a very good voice, as was more typical of those days

Christophe Lemonnier [44718]
Thu 18 Aug 2011 10:36:03

RIP, we will get this more and more... the contest almost exist 60 yaers so the early participants are getting to a older age now.... sadly...

dimitris calling [57630]
Thu 18 Aug 2011 01:18:18

R.I.P Ellen Winther... :(

adarvus ceterum [32383]
Wed 17 Aug 2011 23:46:21

A beautiful song and a very fine singer. R.I.P.

P.S.: Like many other countries Denmark gave us their best and most original entries in the early years of the contest.

Angelic [59883]
Wed 17 Aug 2011 23:42:06

My condolences.


Denmark came up with some highly original songs in the early 1960s and not all of those were awarded with enough votes... this 1962 effort was one... beautiful voice, original song... thank you for the music Ms Winther!

Shevek Urras [60988]
Wed 17 Aug 2011 22:53:44

I've just logged in and I read this sad report. :( ESC has been around for a while now and life and death happen inevitably. Ellen Winther gave us a lovely song back in 62 (it's among my top 09 songs from that year). RIP.

Ask-i Memnu fan [65527]
Wed 17 Aug 2011 22:37:26

may she rest in peace

R.I.P. :(

AvatArmenia 85 [62289]
Wed 17 Aug 2011 22:03:02

R.I.P. :( Hope atleast 2-3 years we won't meet this kind of news.

Galandar Baghirov [59880]
Wed 17 Aug 2011 21:52:58

RIP! Unfortunately, people are coming and going and how sad it would not sound ESC will have many more years in the future so we will hear this kind of news over and over.

Zingo Star [32746]
Wed 17 Aug 2011 21:46:05


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