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Denise Darcel

Denise Darcel was a French vaudevillian, actress and singer, who from 1948 through 1963, appeared in films in Hollywood, and briefly on theatre, television and radio. Darcel's debut on the legitimate stage came in 1950, when she appeared in Pardon Our French, premiering October 5th, at the Broadway Theatre. Her first film appearance of note was in Battleground (1949). She made quite an impression in Tarzan and the Slave Girl (1950) opposite Lex Barker, then co-starred with Robert Taylor in Westward the Women (1952) and Glenn Ford in Young Man with Ideas (1952). In 1953, she was seen in the swimming musical Dangerous When Wet, which starred Esther Williams (1953). Her most important film was Vera Cruz (1954) where she played the female lead opposite Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster. Her last film (1961) was Seven Women from Hell. Darcel appeared on various TV shows in the 1950s. In 1954, she was hostess/MC of Gamble on Love, a summer program on the DuMont Television Network. Darcel asked questions of married couples who sought to win the grand prize of a mink coat. A review in Billboard described her as "Gallic to the point of unintelligibility." Also in 1954, Colonel Productions produced a pilot of Chez Denise, a 30-minute "comedy-intrigue" program starring Darcel, which apparently did not sell. After her film and television career began to wane, Darcel, aged 41, became a stripper, appearing in West Coast theatres in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Oakland, and Los Angeles. She retired from stripping after a few years and returned to the cabaret circuit, making a few appearances on television. In 1991,[she was cast as "Solange La Fitte" in the Los Angeles 20th anniversary revival of the musical Follies, produced by the Long Beach Civic Light Opera. She would later repeat the role of Solange in 1995 for revivals in Houston and Seattle. In September 2009, she was honored with the Cinecon Career Achievement Award, presented in Hollywood at a banquet held at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel. Prior to the ceremony, a new 35mm color print of her 1953 film, Flame of Calcutta, was screened at the Egyptian Theatre. After the screening, at the banquet, she cheerfully announced to the audience, "I'm back".

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Sep 8, 1925 In Paris, France
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Ed Sullivan Show 1948-06-20
Latest Project:
Series Combat! 1962-10-02
Known For
Poster of Combat!
Poster of What's My Line?
Poster of Thunder in the Pines
Poster of The Ed Sullivan Show
Series Combat! Unknown 1962-10-02
Movie Seven Women from Hell Claire Oudry 1961-10-01
Series Music For A Summer Night Unknown 1959-06-03
Series Tightrope Unknown 1959-09-08
Series Naked City Unknown 1958-09-30
Movie Vera Cruz Countess Marie Duvarre 1954-12-25
Movie Dangerous When Wet Gigi Mignon 1953-06-18
Movie Young Man with Ideas Dorianne Gray 1952-05-02
Movie Westward the Women Fifi Danon 1951-12-16
Series What's My Line? Self - Mystery Guest 1950-02-02
Movie Tarzan and the Slave Girl Lola 1950-06-23
Movie Battleground Denise 1949-11-09
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie To the Victor Bar Singer (uncredited) 1948-10-26
Movie Thunder in the Pines Yvette Cheron 1948-11-11