Denise Darcel was a French actress who also made films in Hollywood.
Born as Denise Billecard in Paris, she was college educated. According to a friend, whom she met in Paris during World War II, she was a passenger in an L-5 Stinson light observation aircraft on VJ Day to see the celebration from the air. The pilot, James Helinger Sr., a US Army Air Corps glider pilot was at the controls, while they flew under several bridges along the Seine and finally, under the Eiffel Tower, with the crowds below.
She was a cabaret singer in Paris after World War II before being spotted by Hollywood. Denise came to the United States in 1947 and became an American citizen in 1952.
In 1952, she is named "Miss Welder of 1952" by the National Eutectic Welders' Club on February 15th of that year. Presenting her with a scroll as "the girl we would like most to weld with" was R. D. Wasserman, President of the Eutectic Welding Institute. Mr. Wasserman hoped that her photograph would inspire women throughout the nation to join the ranks of the labor force and support the war effort in Korea.
Her first film appearance of note was in Battleground.