Denise Darcel, the French-born actress known for vampy roles in such films as Vera Cruz and Thunder In The Pines, has died at the age of 87.
Darcel's son, Craig, said that she died on December 23 at a Los Angeles hospital from complications from an emergency surgery to repair a ruptured aneurysm.
After going to the US in 1947, Darcel starred opposite several leading men in a string of films in the 1950s, including Battleground with Van Johnson, Tarzan And The Slave Girl with Lex Barker, Westward The Women with Robert Taylor and Young Man With Ideas with Glenn Ford.
She most famously played a vivacious double-crossing countess in 1954's Vera Cruz opposite Burt Lancaster and Gary Cooper.
Darcel is also survived by another son, Chris.