Veronica Lake

Born Nov 14, 1922

Veronica Lake was an American film actress. Lake won both popular and critical acclaim, most notably for her role in Sullivan's Travels and for her femme fatale roles in film noir with Alan Ladd, during the 1940s. She was also well known for her peek-a-boo hairstyle. By the late 1940s, Lake's career had begun to decline in part due to her struggles with mental illness and alcoholism.… Read More

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1922 Birth Born on November 14, 1922.
1933 10 Years Old Lake's mother, Constance Charlotta (née Trimble; 1902–1992), of Irish descent, married Anthony Keane, a newspaper staff artist, also of Irish descent, in 1933, and Lake began using his surname. … Read More


1938 15 Years Old In 1938, the Keanes moved to Beverly Hills, where Lake enrolled in the Bliss-Hayden School of Acting (now the Beverly Hills Playhouse). … Read More
1939 16 Years Old She appeared in the play Thought for Food in January 1939. … Read More
1940 17 Years Old Lake's first marriage was to art director John S. Detlie, in 1940. … Read More
1941 18 Years Old Even before the film came out, Lake was dubbed "the find of 1941". … Read More


1943 20 Years Old Lake and Detlie separated in August 1943 and divorced in December 1943.
1944 21 Years Old 1 More Event
In June 1944 Lake appeared at a war bond drive in Boston, where her services as a dishwasher were auctioned off. … Read More
1945 22 Years Old While waiting for the films to be released in 1945 she took stock of her career claiming, "I had to learn about acting. … Read More
1948 25 Years Old …  In 1948 Paramount decided not to renew Lake's contract. … Read More
1950 27 Years Old In 1950 it was announced she and De Toth would make Before I Wake (from a suspense novel by Mel Devrett) and Flanagan Boy. … Read More
1951 28 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1951 she appeared in Stronghold, which she later described as "a dog". (She later sued for unpaid wages on the film.) Lake and de Toth, filed for bankruptcy that same year. … Read More
1952 29 Years Old Lake and DeToth divorced in 1952.


1955 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In September 1955, she married songwriter Joseph Allan McCarthy. They were divorced in 1959.
1962 39 Years Old After her third divorce, Lake drifted between cheap hotels in New York City, and was arrested several times for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct. In 1962, a New York Post reporter found her living at the all-women's Martha Washington Hotel in Manhattan, working as a waitress downstairs in the cocktail lounge. … Read More


1963 40 Years Old The story did revive some interest in Lake and led to some television and stage appearances, most notably in the 1963 off-Broadway revival of the musical Best Foot Forward.
1966 43 Years Old In 1966, she had a brief stint as a TV hostess in Baltimore, Maryland, along with a largely ignored film role in Footsteps In the Snow. … Read More
Lake's memoirs, Veronica: The Autobiography of Veronica Lake, were released in the United Kingdom in 1969, and in the United States the following year. … Read More
1972 49 Years Old 1 More Event
Lake then moved to Ipswich, England, where she met and married Royal Navy captain Robert Carleton-Munro, in June 1972.


The marriage lasted just one year and Lake returned to the United States in June 1973. … Read More
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