Ellen Winther

Ellen Winther Lembourn (née Sørensen; 11 August 1933, Århus – 13 August 2011) was a Danish opera singer and actress, best known internationally for her participation in the 1962 Eurovision Song Contest.

Ellen Winther
Ellen Winther at the Eurovision Song Contest 1962
Ellen Winther at the Eurovision Song Contest 1962
Background information
Birth nameEllen Sørensen
Born(1933-08-11)11 August 1933
Århus, Denmark
Died13 August 2011(2011-08-13) (aged 78)
GenresOpera, Musical theatre

Winther trained as an opera singer and made her professional debut in 1957 at the Royal Danish Theatre, 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" ("Lullaby"), and went forward to the seventh Eurovision Song Contest, held in Luxembourg City on 18 March.[1] "Vuggevise" finished in joint 10th place out of 16 entries.[2][3]

Winther became well known to Danish audiences by many appearances in film and television, as well as singing in opera, stage musicals and revues.[4] In 1983, she was awarded the Order of the Dannebrog for her contribution to the arts in Denmark.[citation needed]


Winther was married to pianist John Winther from 1960-66, with two children from this marriage, and to writer and politician Hans Jørgen Lembourn from 1973 until his death in 1997.[citation needed]


Ellen Winther Lembourn died on 13 August 2011, two days after her 78th birthday.[5]


  1. ^ ESC National Finals 1962, natfinals.50webs.com; accessed 16 January 2018.
  2. ^ ESC History, esc-history.com; accessed 16 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Vuggevise", diggiloo.net; accessed 16 January 2018.
  4. ^ Filmography, imdb.com; accessed 16 January 2018.
  5. ^ "News - Denmark: Ellen Winther dies at the age of 78". Eurovision Song Contest. Archived from the original on 18 November 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
Preceded by
Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by