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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 »


(age 82) in Montpeyroux, France

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Lady, Let's Dance
Suspense Roberta Leonard, aka Roberta Elva
The Gangster
The Gangster Nancy Starr
Invitation to the Dance
Invitation to the Dance The Femme Fatale in 'Ring Around the Rosy'


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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
 1950 The Man on the Eiffel Tower
Gisella Heurtin
 1948 The Hunted
Laura Mead
 1941 Ice-Capades
Ice Capades Skater (uncredited)
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 1956 Invitation to the Dance (performer: "Ring Around The Rosy")
 1947 The Gangster (performer: "Paradise")
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 1953-1955 Face the Music (TV Series)
- Episode #3.8 (1955) ... Herself
- Episode #2.5 (1953) ... Herself
- Episode #1.3 (1953) ... Herself
 1953 A Good Idea: Son! (TV Movie)
 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)
- Episode #1.3 (1949) ... Herself
 1949 Erskine Johnson's Hollywood Reel (TV Series)
 1947 Screen Snapshots: Holiday in Las Vegas (Documentary short)
Belita (uncredited)

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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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1 Article | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | 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


In Hollywood at age 18, she spent five years under contract to Allied Artists. Her salary was reportedly $2,000 a week, all of it taken by her mother because it was against the law to pay minors. See more »


The Ice Maiden

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