Ellen Winther Lembourn
was a Danish
Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. The countries of Denmark and Greenland, as well as the Faroe Islands, constitute the Kingdom of Denmark . It is the southernmost of the Nordic countries, southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany. Denmark...
opera singer and actress, best known internationally for her participation in the 1962 Eurovision Song Contest
The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual competition held among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union .Each member country submits a song to be performed on live television and then casts votes for the other countries' songs to determine the most popular song in the competition...
Winther trained as an opera singer and made her professional debut in 1957 at the Royal Danish Theatre
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, where she would be employed for 30 years both as a singer and a dramatic actress.
In 1962, Winther won the Danish Eurovision Song Contest selection with the song "Vuggevise
"Vuggevise" was the Danish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1962, performed in Danish by Ellen Winther.The song was performed fifth on the night, following Austria's Eleonore Schwarz with "Nur in der wiener Luft" and preceding Sweden's Inger Berggren with "Sol och vår"...
" ("Lullaby"), and went forward to the seventh Eurovision Song Contest
The Eurovision Song Contest 1962 was the seventh in the series. France's win was their third and marked the first time a country had won three contests. Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, and Spain all scored "null points" for the first time....
, held in Luxembourg City on 18 March. "Vuggevise" finished in joint tenth place of 16 entries.
Winther became well-known to Danish audiences by many appearances in film and television, as well as singing in opera, stage musicals and revues. In 1983 she was awarded the Order of the Dannebrog
The Order of the Dannebrog is an Order of Denmark, instituted in 1671 by Christian V. It resulted from a move in 1660 to break the absolutism of the nobility. The Order was only to comprise 50 noble Knights in one class plus the Master of the Order, i.e. the Danish monarch, and his sons...
for her contribution to the arts in Denmark.
Winther was married to pianist John Winther between 1960 and 1966, with two children from this marriage, and to writer and politician Hans Jørgen Lembourn from 1973 until his death in 1997.
Ellen Winther died on August 13, 2011.