She sang with various orchestras through the early 1940s and in 1940 formed her own swing trio. That same year her first record was released. She also toured during these years in Sweden. As a Jew, she fled Denmark in October 1943 along with her family, as the country had come under Nazi occupation. She spent the war years in Sweden where she continued having great success with her career, performing with orchestras and in cabarets and varieties.
Her jazz singing style has been compared to that of Ella Fitzgerald. She returned to Denmark in 1945 and in the years that followed she became Denmark's leading female ballad singer. Among her successes were Vovsen i vinduet ("(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window?") in 1953 and Heksedansen ("The Witch Dance") in 1960. Her best-selling song was Hele ugen alene ("All week alone") in 1953 which sold over 120,000 copies. She was the first artist in Denmark to earn a gold record.
She continued to garner awards throughout her career. In addition to her Danish language recordings, she recorded also in Swedish, Yiddish and Hebrew. After qualifying in the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix to represent Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest, she participated in Eurovision Song Contest 1958 where she sung Jeg rev et blad ud af min Dagbog (I Tore A Page Out Of My Diary). She ranked number 8. She participated once more in the Danish Melodi Grand Prix, singing a duet with Grethe Sønck entitled Hjemme hos os ("At our home"). In the late 1980s she retired from public life. She died in Skodsborg in the northern part of Sjælland on the day before her 83rd birthday. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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