The former Playboy model passed away from complications of ovarian cancer on 27 January (16) in Manhattan.

Denham moved to New York City in the 1950s to pursue a literary career. Upon arriving to the city, she met late actor James Dean and started a romance with him. She went on to be intimate with authors James Jones, William Gaddis, Evan S. Connell and Philip Roth, and Playboy boss Hugh Hefner, according to the New York Times.

The star began modelling while writing and appeared in Playboy in 1956. Her first novel, My Darling From the Lions, was published in 1967 and was followed by Amo in 1974, and Secrets of San Miguel in 2013. She also chronicled her life in her 2006 memoir Sleeping With Bad Boys: A Juicy Tell-All of Literary New York in the Fifties and Sixties.

In addition to writing and modelling, Denham also appeared in a handful of risque movies, including Olga's House of Shame, Olga's Girls, and She Should Have Stayed in Bed.