Gladys Lyne Jepson-Turner (b. October 25 1923, Nether Wallop, Hampshire, England - d. December 18 2005), known professionally as Belita, was an Olympic ice-skater, dancer and early film actress. She skated for Great Britain in the 1936 Olympics, then turned to Hollywood to further her career.
As an actress, she appeared in such first-rate vehicles as Never Let Me Go (1953), with Clark Gable, and opposite Charles Laughton in The Cherry Orchard.
She also unfortunately made several highly profitable but low-budget productions for Monogram Studios. Her appearances included: Silver Skates (1943), Lady, Let's Dance (1944) and Suspense (1946). Suspense, with its novel mixture of ice-skating and film noir proved enormously popular at the box-office.
In 1946, Belita married Joel McGinnis; they divorced in 1956. She married, secondly, James Berwick (died 2000). In 1956 she retired from skating and three years later gave up show business altogether.
- Belita appeared in YANK magazine on 22 September 1944
- More information on this topic is available at [ Wikipedia:Belita ]