Betzy Dahl (1922 - 2014)

Betzy Dahl
1922 - 2014
updated November 19, 2020
Betzy Dahl was born in 1922 in Harstad, Troms Norway. She was born to Eugene Dahl and Olaug Larsen. She died in 2014 at Harstad Sykehjem, Harstad, Troms Norge at age 92.

Betzy Dahl grew up in a small town in Norway. She was glamorous and according to neighbors "looked like a movie star." Betzy left her hometown in the 1950s, going to Paris and kept traveling to far-flung locations. Then in the 1970s, she returned home. By that point, she was isolating from others and showing signs of what some considered mental illness but no one really knows what was wrong.

Betzy eventually ended up in a nursing home and died there in 2014, alone. At one point she had a fair amount of money but that was gone. And a mystery remains - who was the daughter that she gave up for adoption? Scroll down to read a transcript of a Norwegian tv show about her life.

A New York passenger list shows a Betzy Dahl arrived on January 15th 1957 at Idlewild Airport in New York from Mexico, and then might have travelled to Paris France. Then on May 7th 1959 there is a record of Betsy arriving in Los Angeles California via the airline SAS and shows a US address for Mrs. McCain at 1411 Hyde Street in San Francisco.
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Betzy Dahl
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Betzy Dahl was born in in Harstad, Harstad County, Troms Norway
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Betzy Dahl died in at Harstad Sykehjem, in Harstad, Harstad County, Troms Norge
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Betzy Dahl was born in in Harstad, Harstad County, Troms Norway
Betzy Dahl died in at Harstad Sykehjem, in Harstad, Harstad County, Troms Norge
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Norwegian TV show from vi.no

She died alone. Only now comes Betzy's secret for a day
Betzy Dahl was seen as an urban original in her hometown of Harstad. No one could imagine what an exciting international life she had lived, or what great grief she bore alone when she returned home.

Pastor Odd Willy Johansen will never forget the funeral of 92-year-old Betzy Dahl in Harstad in 2014.

- I struggled a lot to hold back the tears throughout the funeral, he says host Tarjei Strøm in the series Unknown heir, which is shown on NRK1, and which can be seen in NRK's ​​online player.

The priest remembers it as one of the funerals that has touched him most throughout his career.

City original Betzy Dahl lived in a nursing home and was alone when she died. No relatives sat by her side. What has she been thinking lately? And who did she let her mind go to?

Every year, between ten and twenty Norwegians die without having written a will and without having obvious heirs in close family. If ten years pass without anyone claiming the inheritance, the values ​​will go to the state. In the NRK program Ukjent arving, which premiered on 5 November, host Tarjei Strøm solves Norwegian heritage mysteries from reality.

In the episode Beauty Lady's Secret, which is shown on NRK tonight, an incredible story is unfolded about a woman who broke barriers throughout her life. As an older woman, she went by the names "Gale Betzy" or "Miss Paris" among people in Harstad.

She was always interested in looking good with elegant clothes, bright red lipstick and thick, wavy hair. At the same time, she isolated herself from people and no one really knew her. She never told anyone what she had experienced through her life.

Like a movie star

A distant relative, tracked down by NRK, remembers that Betzy looked like a movie star as a young woman. Betzy was glamorous and world-famous and left Harstad already as a teenager towards the end of World War II.

It should turn out that she received an education, and that she lived and worked in several countries. The tracks go to the artist district Montparnasse in Paris in the 60s and Copenhagen in the 50s.

Not until the 70s does Betzy move back home to Harstad for good.

But back home in Harstad, Betzy is starting to look different. It seems to the family that she is starting to get mentally ill. She isolates herself. Could the reason be that an old love has passed away? Or was it something that went even deeper? As time goes on, she is unable to take care of herself and is admitted to a psychiatric hospital.

With the help of the National Archives in Copenhagen, NRK also comes across unexpected information. Betzy has a closer family than anyone could have imagined: In the 50's she gave birth to a daughter who was adopted in Copenhagen. Who is the father? Where is the daughter today? Does she know about Betzy? Host Tarjei Strøm has to pick up a nerve-wracking phone. Will Betzy's adopted daughter meet him? You'll get the answer to that in tonight's episode.

Betzy did not leave much money behind.

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Mathilde Sjåvik
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She was not an only child. Her father, Eugen had an relationship with a woman named Alexandra Marie Leonhardsen, before marrying Olaug. They had a daughter named Hjørdis Marie. Hjørdis never knew who her father was, and died in 2004, still unaware that she had a little sister.
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Betzy Dahl passed away in 2014 at Harstad Sykehjem, Harstad, Troms Norge at 92 years old. She was born in 1922 in Harstad, Troms Norway. She was born to Eugene Dahl and Olaug Larsen.
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In 1922, in the year that Betzy Dahl was born, on June 22, coal miners in Herrin Illinois, were on strike (coal miners had been on strike nationally since April 1). The striking miners were outraged at the strikebreakers (scabs) that the company had brought in and laid siege to the mine. Three union workers were killed when gunfire was exchanged. The next day, union miners killed 23 strikebreakers and mine guards. No one, on either side, ever faced jail time.

In 1939, when she was 17 years old, in May, Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first full-length animated film, reached a total international gross of $6.5 million which made it (to then) the most successful sound film of all time. First released in December 1937, it was originally dubbed "Disney's Folly" but the premiere received a standing ovation from the audience. At the 11th Academy Awards in February 1939, Walt Disney won an Academy Honorary Award - a full-size Oscar statuette and seven miniature ones - for Snow White.

In 1941, when she was 19 years old, on June 25th, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 8802, prohibiting racial discrimination in the defense industry. EO 8802 was the first federal action to prohibit employment discrimination - without prejudice as to "race, creed, color, or national origin" - in the U.S. Civil Rights groups had planned a march on Washington D.C. to protest for equal rights but with the signing of the Order, they canceled the March.

In 1974, when she was 52 years old, on February 5th, Patty Hearst, age 19 - granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst and daughter of publisher of the San Francisco Examiner Randolph Hearst - was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army, a left wing terrorist group. She was found, alive, 19 months later.

In 1990, she was 68 years old when after 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela, the leader of the movement to end South African apartheid was released on February 11th 1990.

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