Amelita Ward

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Amelita Ward
BornJuly 17, 1923
DiedMay 1987
Alexandria, Virginia
United States
Resting placeIvy Hill Cemetery (Alexandria, Virginia)[1]
Other namesLita Ward
Years active1943 - 1949
Spouse(s)Leo Gorcey, 1949-1956, divorced, 2 children

Amelita Ward (1923–1987) was an American film actress. She played supporting roles in over 20 films between 1943 and 1949, generally in B Pictures such as Gangway for Tomorrow[2] and The Falcon in Danger (1943). She was sometimes credited as Lita Ward.

Life and career[edit]

Ward's father was Claude "Bud" Ward, a production manager for NBC.[3]

Two producers discovered Ward while they were in Harlingen, Texas, filming scenes on location. That led to her first film role, in Aerial Gunner (1943).[4]

Ward married Leo Gorcey on February 10, 1949, in Ensenada, Mexico. They had two children and later divorced in February 1956.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1943 Aerial Gunner Peggy Lunt
1943 Clancy Street Boys Judy Monahan
1943 The Sky's the Limit Southern Girl Uncredited
1943 The Falcon in Danger Bonnie Caldwell
1943 Let's Face It Chorus Girl Uncredited
1943 Gangway for Tomorrow Mary Jones, Miss America
1943 The Falcon and the Co-eds Jane Harris
1944 Seven Days Ashore Lucy Banning
1944 Gildersleeve's Ghost Marie - Wells' Maid
1945 Rough, Tough and Ready Kitty Duval
1945 The Jungle Captive Ann Forrester
1945 Swingin' on a Rainbow Barbara Marsden
1945 Come Out Fighting Rita Joyce
1945 Who's Guilty? Ruth Allen
1946 The Best Years of Our Lives Counter Girl Uncredited
1947 When a Girl's Beautiful Bunty McGregor - Model
1948 Smugglers' Cove Teresa Mahoney
1949 Rim of the Canyon Lily Uncredited
1949 Slattery's Hurricane Marie Uncredited, (final film role)


  1. ^ Sec. 31, lot 8, site 1, Ivy Hill Cemetery, Alexandria, VA., Wilson, Scott. Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed.: 2 (Kindle Location 49545). McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. Kindle Edition.
  2. ^ Fyne p.9
  3. ^ "Actress Will Spend Birthday in Capital". The Daily Notes. Pennsylvania, Huntingdon. June 28, 1943. p. 4. Retrieved October 23, 2016 – via open access
  4. ^ "Newcomer Given 'Aerial Gun' Lead". Oakland Tribune. California, Oakland. November 22, 1942. p. 32. Retrieved October 23, 2016 – via open access
  5. ^ Getz, Leonard (2006). From Broadway to the Bowery: A History and Filmography of the Dead End Kids, Little Tough Guys, East Side Kids and Bowery Boys Films, with Cast Biographies. McFarland. p. 291. ISBN 9780786460922. Retrieved 24 October 2016.


  • Fyne, Robert. Long Ago and Far Away: Hollywood and the Second World War. Scarecrow Press, 2008.

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