Denise Darcel, the bosomy French-born singer and actress who co-starred in movies with some of Hollywood’s most popular leading men of the 1940s and ’50s, died two days before Christmas at a hospital in Los Angeles. She was 87 and succumbed to complications following emergency surgery to repair a ruptured aneurysm. Darcel, a baker’s daughter who won a beauty contest and became “the most photographed girl in France, immigrated to the States in 1947 with an American GI, the first of her four husbands. During her career as “France’s gift to the sweater brigade,” she sang and acted on Broadway in Pardon Our French and Oh Captain! and her films include Battleground with Van Johnson, Dangerous When Wet with Esther Williams and Fernando Lamas, Tarzan and the Slave Girl with Lex Barker, Westward the Women with Robert Taylor, and Young Man With Ideas with Glenn Ford. But she is probably best-known for her role as the double-crossing countess in Robert Aldrich’s 1954 western, Vera Cruz, opposite Cary Cooper and Burt Lancaster.