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Belita (I) (1923–2005)

Exalted by her adoring fans as "Belita, the Ice Maiden", this Hollywood lady-in-waiting to Sonja Henie, was born Maria Belita Jepson-Turner in Hampshire, England on October 21, 1923. Trained in dance not long after learning how to walk (age 2), she went on to study ballet with Sir Anton Dolin. Belita's father was a military officer and mother the ... See full bio »

Died:

(age 82) in Montpeyroux, France

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 1957 Silk Stockings
Vera (uncredited)
 1956 Invitation to the Dance
The Femme Fatale in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
 1953 Never Let Me Go
Valentina Alexandrovna
 1949 The Man on the Eiffel Tower
Gisella Heurtin
 1948 The Hunted
Laura Mead
 1947 The Gangster
Nancy Starr
 1941 Ice-Capades
Ice Capades Skater (uncredited)
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 1956 Invitation to the Dance (performer: "Ring Around The Rosy")
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 1952 What's My Line (TV Series)
Herself - Celebrity Challenger
- Episode dated 26 October 1952 (1952) ... Herself - Celebrity Challenger
 1949 The Ed Wynn Show (TV Series)
Herself
- Episode #1.3 (1949) ... Herself
 1947 Screen Snapshots: Holiday in Las Vegas (Documentary short)
Belita (uncredited)

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Other Works:

Her theatre credits include: "Lola" in the musical "Damn Yankees" by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross (London Coliseum, 1957) (replaced by Elizabeth Seal after only a few weeks of performances). "Ulysses in Nightgown" (off-Broadway, 1958) See more »

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Personal Quote:

I hated the ice. I hated the cold, the smell, everything about it. I only did it for the money. - upon her retirement from skating in 1956

Trivia:

Belita later claimed to have been "forced" into entertainment at the age of two by her show business-oriented mother, who had herself once been a figure skater. Initially her mother wanted her to become a ballet dancer and only put her on the ice in order to improve her poise. See more »

Nickname:

The Ice Maiden

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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