Betzy Dahl (1922 - 2014)

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Betzy Dahl
1922 - 2014
Harstad, Harstad County, Troms Norway
Harstad Sykehjem in Harstad, Harstad County, Troms Norge
Betzy Dahl was born in 1922 in Harstad, Troms Norway. She is the child of Eugene Dahl and Olaug Larsen. She died in 2014 at Harstad Sykehjem, Harstad, Troms Norge at age 92.
Updated: November 19, 2020
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 was born in in Harstad, Harstad County, Troms Norway
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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 commented on Oct 24, 2015
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 is the child of Eugene Dahl and Olaug Larsen.

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In 1922, in the year that Betzy Dahl was born, on November 4th, British Egyptologists George Carnarvon and Howard Carter unearthed the first step leading to King Tutankhamen's tomb in the Valley of the Kings. By the end of the month they had unearthed the steps and broken through the door into the intact tomb. This was the only tomb that had remained unlooted that had been found (and is, to date). Filled with gold, jewels, and ancient everyday items, the find was priceless - in terms of money and history.

In 1933, she was merely 11 years old when on December 5th, the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified. The 21st Amendment said "The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed." Alcohol was legal again! It was the only amendment to the Constitution approved for the explicit purpose of repealing a previously existing amendment. South Carolina was the only state to reject the Amendment.

In 1946, when she was 24 years old, on July 4th, the Philippines gained independence from the United States. In 1964, Independence Day in the Philippines was moved from July 4th to June 12th at the insistence of nationalists and historians.

In 1970, she was 48 years old when on May 4th, four students at Kent State University in Ohio were shot and killed by National Guardsmen. The students were at a peaceful demonstration protesting the invasion of Cambodia by US forces. There had been precedent for the killing of American college students. The previous year, on May 15th, Alameda County Sheriffs used shotguns against U.C. Berkeley students at a protest for People's Park. One student died, one was blinded, 128 were injured.

In 1980, by the time she was 58 years old, on December 8th, ex-Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in front of his home - the Dakota - in New York City. Chapman was found guilty of murder and still remains in jail.

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