Marietta Helene Delangle or as she was later known Helle Nice was born on December 15, 1900 in France to some pretty unassuming parents. The lovely woman didn't start out as a racecar driver, intact she started her career as a model and a dancer. She had the opportunity to participate in a race at a local fair put on by Parisian entertainers and she loved it. So much so that after breaking her knee in a skiing accident she began racing full-time. She would go on to meet Ettore Bugatti and join his roster of factory-backed drivers. Her career was however, cut short after she was involved in a life-threatening accident in Brazil in 1936. She took a year off before returning to racing in France until World War II broke out. At her first postwar race event, she was accused of being a Gestapo spy by Louis Chiron. This ended her racing career. But while she was at it, Helle had undoubtedly, lived an exciting life as a dancer/model turned race car driver from about 1916 to 1929 and also managed to buy her own home and a yacht - something, women in that era, just didn't do!