Swedish Opera Singer Wintzell Dies
Bruno Wintzell, a Swedish opera singer and actor who was briefly married to actress Goldie Hawn, died yesterday (Dec. 1) in a Stockholm hospital after a long bout with cancer. He was 58.Bruno Wintzell, a Swedish opera singer and actor who was briefly married to actress Goldie Hawn, died yesterday (Dec. 1) in a Stockholm hospital after a long bout with cancer. He was 58.
"He was waiting to have a stem cell operation when ... pneumonia set in," his sister, Goeta Wintzell said.
Born March 23, 1944, in the Stockholm suburb of Bromma, Wintzell began his career in show business in 1963 by singing pop music in Swedish amusement parks. After taking singing lessons in London and Salzburg, Austria, he embarked on a career as an opera singer.
Wintzell also gained acclaim for his performances in musical theater, including the Scandinavian production of "Hair." But his own production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" in Stockholm was a failure and led to his filing for personal bankruptcy protection.
In 1973, he married Hawn and starred with her in the American film "The Girl From Petrovka." The marriage ended in divorce two years later.
Winzell is survived by a 24-year-old son and a 12-year-old daughter, his sister said.
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