Veronica Lake
Actress
Veronica Lake
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.
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Producer Hal Wallis put her in movies where, as "The Film Encyclopedia" says, she was promoted as similar to Lauren Bacall and Veronica Lake. She made a strong impression; a 1948 Associated Press writer said, "She charms you and knocks you out at the
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Library Film Series Celebrates Glamorous Ladies From Hollywood's Golden Age - NJ TODAY
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Featured in the program are the personalities and talents of Hedy Lamarr, Rita Hayworh, Veronica Lake, Elizabeth Taylor, and Marlene Dietrich. Each of these beauties had a unique screen presence which appealed to moviegoers throughout the world
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Noir City: Chicago features 16 flicks that shed light on gritty genre - Chicago Sun-Times
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“The Glass Key” (5:30, 9:10 pm Wednesday): Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake star in a 1942 film about a man mixed up in a murder case that could derail the plans of his politician boss. Based on Dashiell Hammett's novel and directed by Stuart Heisler
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instyle makeover fall 2011 - BellaSugar Australia
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Photographed by Doug Inglish, the 24-year-old who plays Santana Lopez on the hit show looks right at home with her hair fashioned into Veronica Lake-esque rolled curls. Polished to perfection with a rich, matte red lip and black winged-out eyes,
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Union Library film series celebrates ladies of Hollywood's 'Golden Age' - Suburban News
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Featured in the program are the personalities and talents of Hedy Lamarr, Rita Hayworh, Veronica Lake, Elizabeth Taylor, and Marlene Dietrich. Each of these beauties had a unique screen presence which appealed to moviegoers throughout the world
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REVIEW: 'Captain America' Best Super Hero Movie of Summer - Fox News
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With the flair and razzle dazzle of a USO show, “Cap” stylishly captures a pastiche version of life in the 1940s, from the elaborate set designs of vintage New York City to women as glamorous as Veronica Lake, to an elaborate USO dance and newsreel
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Kim Kardashian Website Photos Go Hollywood Glam - Daily Glow
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I love Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner and Veronica Lake! I love when I have photo shoots that have an old Hollywood glam theme and I always feel so inspired by these old classic beauties... I just love to channel them!" Channel them she did in these
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On This Day in History: July 7 Bright Hollywood Light Goes Out - Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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The glamorous Hollywood actress Veronica Lake was born Constance Ockelman in Brooklyn on Nov. 19, 1919. Her father was a ship’s master who died when she was only 10 years old
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Veronica Lake
    FIFTIES
  • 1973
    Age 50
    Lake died in July 1973 from hepatitis and acute kidney injury at the age of 50.
    More Details Hide Details Lake was born Constance Frances Marie Ockelman in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. Her father, Harry E. Ockelman, was of German and Irish descent, and worked for an oil company aboard a ship. He died in an industrial explosion in Philadelphia in 1932.
    In June 1973, Lake returned to the United States and while traveling in Vermont, visited a local doctor, complaining of stomach pains.
    More Details Hide Details She was discovered to have cirrhosis of the liver as a result of her years of drinking, and on June 26, she checked into the Medical Center of Vermont in Burlington.
    The marriage lasted just one year and Lake returned to the United States in June 1973.
    More Details Hide Details She went to the Virgin Islands to await her divorce decree when she fell ill. After purchasing an airplane for her husband, André de Toth, Lake earned her pilot's license in 1946. She later flew solo between Los Angeles and New York when leaving him.
  • FORTIES
  • 1972
    Age 49
    Lake's fourth and final marriage was to Royal Navy captain Robert Carleton-Munro in June 1972.
    More Details Hide Details They divorced after one year. In 1969 she revealed that she rarely saw her children.
    Lake then moved to Ipswich, England, where she met and married Royal Navy captain Robert Carleton-Munro, in June 1972.
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  • 1969
    Age 46
    Also in 1969, Lake portrayed the role of Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire on the English stage, for which she won rave reviews for her performance.
    More Details Hide Details With the proceeds from her autobiography, she co-produced and starred in her final film, Flesh Feast (1970), a low-budget horror movie with a Nazi-myth storyline.
    When Lake went to the UK to promote her book in 1969 she received an offer to appear on stage in Madam Chairman.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details In the book, Lake discusses her career, her failed marriages, her romances with Howard Hughes, Tommy Manville and Aristotle Onassis, her alcoholism, and her guilt over not spending enough time with her children. In the book, Lake stated that her mother pushed her into a career as an actress. Looking back at her career, Lake wrote, "I never did cheesecake like Ann Sheridan or Betty Grable. I just used my hair." She also laughed off the term "sex symbol" and instead referred to herself as a "sex zombie".
  • 1966
    Age 43
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She also continued appearing in stage roles. She went to Freeport in the Bahamas to visit a friend and ended up living there for a few years.
  • 1963
    Age 40
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1962
    Age 39
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She was working under the name "Connie de Toth". Lake said she took the job in part because "I like people. I like to talk to them." The reporter's widely distributed story led to speculation that Lake was destitute. After the story ran, fans of Lake sent her money which she returned as "a matter of pride". Lake vehemently denied that she was destitute and stated, "It's as though people were making me out to be down-and-out. I wasn't. I was paying $190 a month rent then, and that's a long way from being broke."
  • 1955
    Age 32
    She performed in summer stock and in stage roles in England. In October 1955, she collapsed in Detroit, where she had been appearing on stage in The Little Hut.
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    In September 1955, she married songwriter Joseph Allan McCarthy. They were divorced in 1959.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1952
    Age 29
    Lake and DeToth divorced in 1952.
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  • 1951
    Age 28
    In the summer of 1951, she was fed up; two marriages had failed, and she was typecast in Hollywood as a sex symbol.
    More Details Hide Details As a result of her disillusionment with Hollywood and not liking what it did with people, she walked out on Hollywood, took her three children, and headed to New York to restart her career. Lake wanted to leave her sexy image behind, and New York offered the opportunity to work in theater and the new medium, television. "They said, 'She'll be back in a couple of months'," recalled Lake. "Well I never returned. Enough was enough already. Did I want to be one of the walking dead or a real person?"
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The IRS later seized their home for unpaid taxes. On the verge of a nervous breakdown and bankrupt, Lake ran away, left de Toth, and flew alone to New York.
  • 1950
    Age 27
    In 1950 it was announced she and De Toth would make Before I Wake (from a suspense novel by Mel Devrett) and Flanagan Boy.
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  • 1948
    Age 25
    In 1948 Paramount decided not to renew Lake's contract.
    More Details Hide Details Lake went over to 20th Century Fox to make Slattery's Hurricane (1949), directed by De Toth. It was only a support role and there were not many other offers.
  • 1945
    Age 22
    While waiting for the films to be released in 1945 she took stock of her career claiming, "I had to learn about acting.
    More Details Hide Details I've played all sorts of parts, taken just what came along regardless of high merit. In fact, I've been a sort of general utility person. I haven't liked all the roles. One or two were pretty bad." One role she really liked was Hold That Blonde, supporting Eddie Bracken (in a part turned down by Bob Hope). "It's a comedy, rather like what Carole Lombard used to do," she said. "It represents a real change of pace." She thought she had a good part in The Blue Dahlia (1946). Lake expressed interest in renegotiating her deal with Paramount: The studio feels that way about it too. They have indicated they are going to fuss more about the pictures in which I appear. I think I'll enjoy being fussed about... I want this to be the turning point and I think that it will. I am free and clear of unpleasant characters, unless they are strongly justified. I've had a varied experience playing them and also appearing as heroines. The roles themselves haven't been noteworthy and sometimes not even especially spotlighted, but I think they've all been beneficial in one way or another. From here on there should be a certain pattern of development, and that is what I am going to fight for if necessary, though I don't believe it will be because they are so understanding here at Paramount.
  • 1944
    Age 21
    In 1944, Lake married film director André DeToth with whom she had a son, Andre Anthony Michael III (known as Michael DeToth), and a daughter, Diana (born October 1948).
    More Details Hide Details Days before Diana's birth, Lake's mother sued her for support payments.
    In June 1944 Lake appeared at a war bond drive in Boston, where her services as a dishwasher were auctioned off.
    More Details Hide Details She also performed in a revue, with papers saying her "talk was on the grim side". Hedda Hopper later claimed this appearance was responsible for Paramount giving her the third lead in Out of this World, supporting Diana Lynn, saying "Lake clipped her own wings in her Boston bond appearance... It's lucky for Lake, after Boston, that she isn't out of pictures." Lake then made two films produced by John Houseman, Miss Susie Slagle's and The Blue Dahlia.
  • 1943
    Age 20
    Lake and Detlie separated in August 1943 and divorced in December 1943.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1941
    Age 18
    Even before the film came out, Lake was dubbed "the find of 1941".
    More Details Hide Details However Lake did not think this meant she would have a long career and maintained her goal was to be a surgeon. "Only the older actors keep on a long time... I don't want to hang on after I've reached a peak. I'll go back to medical school", she said. Paramount announced two follow up movies, China Pass and Blonde Venus. Instead, Lake was cast in Sullivan's Travels for Preston Sturges with Joel McCrea. She had been six months pregnant when filming began. Paramount put her in a thriller, This Gun for Hire; her love interest was Robert Preston but she shared more scenes with Alan Ladd and the two of them would be so popular together they would be reteamed three more times. Both had cameos in Star Spangled Rhythm (1942), an all-star Paramount movie. She was meant to be reunited with McCrea in another comedy, I Married a Witch, produced by Sturges (and directed by Rene Clair) but McCrea refused to act with her again so production was pushed back, enabling Lake to be reteamed with Ladd in The Glass Key (1942), replacing Patricia Morison. The male lead in Witch was eventually played by Fredric March and the resulting movie, like Key, was popular. René Clair, the director of I Married a Witch, said of Lake "She was a very gifted girl, but she didn't believe she was gifted."
  • 1940
    Age 17
    Lake's first marriage was to art director John S. Detlie, in 1940.
    More Details Hide Details They had a daughter, Elaine (born in 1941), and a son, Anthony (born July 8, 1943). According to news from the time, Lake's son was born prematurely after she tripped on a lighting cable while filming a movie. Anthony died on July 15, 1943.
  • 1939
    Age 16
    She appeared in the play Thought for Food in January 1939.
    More Details Hide Details In She Made Her Bed, the theatre critic from the Los Angeles Times called her "a fetching little trick". She also appeared as an extra in a number of movies. Keane's first appearance on screen was for RKO, playing a small role among several coeds in the film Sorority House (1939). The part wound up being cut out of the film but she was encouraged to continue. Similar roles followed, including All Women Have Secrets, Young as Your Feel, Forty Little Mothers and Dancing Co-Ed. Forty Little Mothers was the first time she let her hair down on screen. She attracted the interest of Fred Wilcox, an assistant director, who shot a test scene of Lake performing from a play and showed it to an agent. The agent in turn showed it to producer Arthur Hornblow who was looking for a new girl to play the part of a nightclub singer in a military drama, I Wanted Wings (1940). The role would make her a star
  • 1938
    Age 15
    In 1938, the Keanes moved to Beverly Hills, where Lake enrolled in the Bliss-Hayden School of Acting (now the Beverly Hills Playhouse).
    More Details Hide Details She made friends with a girl called Gwen Horn, and accompanied her when Horn went to audition at RKO. She was briefly contracted to MGM and studied at that studio's acting farm, the Bliss Hayden theatre.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1933
    Age 10
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Keanes lived in Saranac Lake, New York, where young Lake attended St. Bernard's School for a time, then was sent to Villa Maria, an all-girls Catholic boarding school in Montreal, Canada, from which she was expelled. Lake later claimed she attended McGill University and did a premed course for a year, intending to become a surgeon. But when her father fell ill during her second year, the Keane family later moved to Miami, Florida. Lake attended Miami High School, where she was known for her beauty. She had a troubled childhood and was diagnosed with schizophrenia, according to her mother.
  • 1922
    Born
    Born on November 14, 1922.
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