Helle Nice, born Helene Delangle, made her way to Paris in the 1920s, and worked as a ballerina, nude model and cabaret dancer. After an injury ended her dance career, she began racing cars, and after being introduced to Ettore Bugatti by Philippe de Rothschild, she drove for Bugatti on the European Grand Prix circuit in the 1930s.
A horrific crash and the onset of WWII sidelined her career, and accusations after the war (though unproven) that she worked with the Gestapo isolated her from the racing community as former friends and colleagues shunned her. She died in Nice in 1984, living in poverty and obscurity. A sad end to a glamorous life.
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