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Tributes pour in for Norwegian actress Wenche Foss


Original story from Views and News from Norway, March 29, 2011

Norway has been paying tribute to legendary actress and activist Wenche Foss, who died at the age of 93 on Monday afternoon.

Members of the public have placed candles and flowers around the statue that was erected four years ago in her honour outside the National Theater, and the flag on the top of the theatre has been lowered to half-mast.

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg publicly hailed her as “one of our most cherished actresses for more than 60 years”.

Other prominent Norwegians such as Anniken Huitfeldt, Norway’s government minister for culture, were quick to express their sorrow and pay their respects.

Foss was well-known for using her fame to further a wide range of social causes. She has been credited with bringing Down’s Syndrome back to national attention when her late son was born with the condition in the 1950s.

She was credited for leading fights against social injustice, for improving human rights and the care of the elderly, and for removing stigmas surrounding cancer, mental and physical disabilities, and homosexuality.

Fosse also spoke frankly about her masectomy and fight against breast cancer in the 1970s, when it was still considered a taboo subject in Norway.

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