At 21 she met her spouse on the set of the 1949 film Rendezvous in July (1949) (her first screen appearance) and married him the following year. The marriage lasted six months.
In 1952 she got a two-week job modeling clothes in fashion shows aboard a French cruise ship. She shared a cabin with a 17-year-old dancer working in the chorus of the ship's "nightclub"--Brigitte Bardot.
Remained a close friend of her Song Without End (1960) co-star Dirk Bogarde, and often visited him at his home in France.
According to rumor, she was remembered in the wills of William Holden (to the tune of $50,000) and Peter Sellers as well as that of 20th Century-Fox studio chief Darryl F. Zanuck.
Her French bourgeois family wanted her to become a school teacher. When she balked at that, they suggested she work in a bank.