Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Denise Darcel- Made only a few films.

Denise Darcel, was a cabaret singer in Paris after World War II. Denise then moved on to Hollywood in 1947 and became an American citizen in 1952.

Her first film performance was in Battleground (1949), where she was the only adult female. She performed on Broadway in, Pardon Our French in 1950. She made quite an impression in Tarzan and the Slave Girl (1950), then co-starred with Robert Taylor in Westward the Women (1952). Please check out Westward the Women, on our western page.(posted June 2, 2010).

Then with 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 to date was Vera Cruz (1954) where she played the female lead opposite Burt Lancaster and Gary Cooper. Filmed in Mexico.

She only made one more film after that, Seven Women from Hell (1961).

She returned to the cabaret circuit, made a few appearances on television and, in 1995 was seen in the revival of the musical Follies in Houston and Seattle.


  1. Great post Dawn. I further read that her career ended quickly because she spurned the advances of movie mogul Harry Cohn and Howard Hughes. So she received no more movie roles after that, which is just plain wrong.

  2. Monty, thank you. I agree..


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