Denise was a featured artist on The Garry Moore Show. In 1951, she appeared in the short-lived variety show Seven at Eleven.
Born Denise Jeanne Briault, in Los Angeles, Denise moved with her mother to Long Island at the age of five, following her father’s death.
She graduated Newtown High School and took art courses at night at Cooper Union, intent on becoming a commercial artist, while waitressing during the day at a Schrafft’s restaurant.
Denise also had a love for singing, saving up money to do it professionally.
She believed her chance to sing in Sonja Henie’s New York ice show at the Center Theatre to be her big break.
She also decided to use her mother’s maiden name, Lor, as her stage name.
Denise appeared in numerous musical comedies including Gypsy, Annie and Sweeney Todd.
Her main hit song was “If I Give My Heart to You”, which charted in 1954 at the same time as another recording of the same song by Doris Day.
Denise Lor died at age 86 on September 27, 2015.