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Veronica Lake - Individual card from the Series of 10 issued by Tribute Collectables in 2015.

VeronicaLake(born ConstanceFrances Marie Ockelman;November 14, 1922– July 7, 1973) was an American film, stage,and television actress. Lake was best known for her femme fataleroles in film noirs with Alan Ladd during the 1940s and herpeek-a-boo hairstyle. By the late 1940s, Lake\'s career began todecline, due in part to her alcoholism. She made only one film in the1950s, but made several guest appearances on television. She returnedto the big screen in 1966 in the film Footstepsin the Snow(1966), but the role failed to revitalize her career.

Lake\'smemoir, Veronica: The Autobiography of Veronica Lake, waspublished in 1970. Her final screen role was in a low-budget horrorfilm, Flesh Feast (1970). After years of heavy drinking, Lakedied at the age of 50 in July 1973, from hepatitis and acute kidneyinjury.


Lakewas born Constance Frances Marie Ockelman in the New York Cityborough of Brooklyn. Her father, Harry Eugene Ockelman, was of Germanand Irish descent, and worked for an oil company aboard a ship. Hedied in an industrial explosion in Philadelphia in 1932. Lake\'smother, Constance Frances Charlotta (née Trimble; 1902–1992), ofIrish descent, married Anthony Keane, a newspaper staff artist, alsoof Irish descent, in 1933, and Lake began using his surname.

TheKeanes lived in Saranac Lake, New York, where young Lake attended St.Bernard\'s School. She was then sent to Villa Maria, an all-girlsCatholic boarding school in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, from which shewas expelled. Lake later claimed she attended McGill University andtook a premed course for a year, intending to become a surgeon. Thisclaim was included in several press biographies, although Lake laterdeclared it was bogus. Lake subsequently apologized to the presidentof McGill, who was simply amused when she explained her habit ofself-dramatizing. When her stepfather fell ill during her secondyear, the Keane family later moved to Miami, Florida. Lake attendedMiami High School, where she was known for her beauty. She had atroubled childhood and was diagnosed with schizophrenia,[when?]according to her mother.

Film careerConstance Keane

In1938, the Keanes moved to Beverly Hills, California. While brieflyunder contract to MGM, Lake enrolled in that studio\'s acting farm,the Bliss-Hayden School of Acting (now the Beverly Hills Playhouse).She made friends with a girl named Gwen Horn and accompanied her whenHorn went to audition at RKO. She appeared in the play Thought forFood in January 1939. A theatre critic from the Los AngelesTimes called her \"a fetching little trick\" for herappearance in She Made Her Bed.

Keane\'sfirst appearance on screen was as an extra for RKO, playing a smallrole as one of several students in the film Sorority House(1939). The part wound up being cut from the film, but she wasencouraged to continue. Similar roles followed, including AllWomen Have Secrets (1939), Dancing Co-Ed (also 1939),Young as You Feel (1940), and Forty Little Mothers(also 1940). Forty Little Mothers was the first time she lether hair down on screen.

I Wanted Wings andstardom

Lakeattracted the interest of Fred Wilcox, an assistant director, whoshot a test scene of her performing from a play and showed it to anagent. The agent, in turn, showed it to producer Arthur Hornblow Jr.,who was looking for a new girl to play the part of a nightclub singerin a military drama, I Wanted Wings (1940). The role wouldmake Lake, still in her teens, a star. Hornblow changed the actress\'sname to Veronica Lake. According to him, her eyes, \"calm andclear like a blue lake\", were the inspiration for her new name.

Itwas during the filming of I Wanted Wings that Lake developedher signature look. Lake\'s long blonde hair accidentally fell overher right eye during a take and created a \"peek-a-boo\"effect. \"I was playing a sympathetic drunk, I had my arm on atable... it slipped... and my hair— it was alwaysbaby fine and had this natural break— fell over my face...It became my trademark and purely by accident\", she recalled.

IWanted Wings was a big hit. The hairstyle became Lake\'s trademarkand was widely copied by women.

Evenbefore the film came out, Lake was dubbed \"the find of 1941\".However, Lake did not think this meant she would have a long careerand maintained her goal was to be a surgeon. \"Only the olderactors keep on a long time... I don\'t want to hang on afterI\'ve reached a peak. I\'ll go back to medical school\", she said.

Series of classic movies

Paramountannounced two follow-up movies, China Pass and BlondeVenus. Instead, Lake was cast in Preston Sturges\'s Sullivan\'sTravels with Joel McCrea. She was six months pregnant whenfilming began.

Paramountput Lake in a thriller, This Gun for Hire (1942), with RobertPreston as her love interest. However, she shared more scenes withAlan Ladd; the two of them were so popular together that they wouldbe reteamed in lead roles for three more films. Both had cameos inStar Spangled Rhythm (1942), an all-star Paramount film.

Lakewas meant to be reunited with McCrea in another comedy, I Marrieda Witch, (also 1942) produced by Sturges and directed by RenéClair, but McCrea refused to act with her again, reportedly saying,\"Life\'s too short for two films with Veronica Lake\".Production was delayed, enabling Lake to be reunited with Ladd in TheGlass Key (again 1942), replacing Patricia Morison. The male leadin I Married a Witch was eventually played by Fredric Marchand the resulting movie, like The Glass Key, was successful atthe box office. René Clair, the director of I Married a Witch,said of Lake, \"She was a very gifted girl, but she didn\'tbelieve she was gifted.\"

Lakewas meant to co-star with Charles Boyer in Hong Kong forArthur Hornblow, but it was not made. She received acclaim for herpart as a suicidal nurse in So Proudly We Hail! (1943). At thepeak of her career, she earned $4,500 a week.

Lakehad a complex personality and acquired a reputation for beingdifficult to work with. Eddie Bracken, her co-star in StarSpangled Rhythm, in which Lake appeared in a musical number, wasquoted as saying, \"She was known as \'The Bitch\' and she deservedthe title.\" However, Lake and McCrea did make another filmtogether, Ramrod (1947). During filming of The Blue Dahlia(1946), screenwriter Raymond Chandler referred to her as \"MoronicaLake\".

Hairstyle change

DuringWorld War II, Lake changed her trademark peek-a-boo hairstyle at theurging of the government to encourage women working in war industryfactories to adopt more practical, safer hairstyles. Although thechange helped to decrease accidents involving women getting theirhair caught in machinery, doing so may have damaged Lake\'s career.She also became a popular pin-up girl for soldiers during World WarII and traveled throughout the United States to raise money for warbonds.

Decline as star

Lake\'scareer faltered with her unsympathetic role as Nazi spy Dora Bruckmanin The Hour Before the Dawn (1944), shot in mid 1943. Scathingreviews of The Hour Before the Dawn included criticism of herrather unconvincing German accent. She had begun drinking moreheavily during this period, and a growing number of people refused towork with her. Lake had a number of months off work, during whichtime she lost a child and was divorced.

Inearly 1944 she was brought back in Bring On the Girls (1945),Lake\'s first proper musical, although she had sung in This Gun forHire and Star Spangled Rhythm. She was teamed with EddieBracken and Sonny Tufts. The movie was not a financial success.

InJune 1944, Lake appeared at a war bond drive in Boston, where herservices as a dishwasher were saleed off. She also performed in arevue, with papers saying her \"talk was on the grim side\".Hedda Hopper later claimed this appearance was responsible forParamount giving her the third lead in Out of This World(1945), supporting Diana Lynn and Bracken, saying \"Lake clippedher own wings in her Boston bond appearance ... It\'s lucky for Lake,after Boston, that she isn\'t out of pictures\".

Lakehad a relatively minor role in a film produced by John Houseman, MissSusie Slagle\'s (also 1945), co starring Sonny Tufts; Lake was topbilled but her part was smaller than Joan Caulfield. In November 1944she made a third film with Bracken, Hold That Blonde (1945).She liked this part saying \"it\'s a comedy, rather like whatCarole Lombard used to do ... It represents a real change of pace\".

Lakethen made a second film produced by John Houseman, The Blue Dahlia(1946), which reunited her with Ladd. While waiting for the films tobe released in 1945, she took stock of her career, claiming, \"Ihad to learn about acting. I\'ve played all sorts of parts, taken justwhat came along regardless of high merit. In fact, I\'ve been a sortof general utility person. I haven\'t liked all the roles. One or twowere pretty bad\".

Lakeexpressed interest in renegotiating her deal with Paramount:

Thestudio feels that way about it too. They have indicated they aregoing to fuss more about the pictures in which I appear. I think I\'llenjoy being fussed about... I want this to be the turning pointand I think that it will. I am free and clear of unpleasantcharacters, unless they are strongly justified. I\'ve had a variedexperience playing them and also appearing as heroines. The rolesthemselves haven\'t been noteworthy and sometimes not even especiallyspotlighted, but I think they\'ve all been beneficial in one way oranother. From here on there should be a certain pattern ofdevelopment, and that is what I am going to fight for if necessary,though I don\'t believe it will be because they are so understandinghere at Paramount.

SinceSo Proudly We Hail only The Blue Dahlia had been a hit.She made her first film outside Paramount since she became a star, aWestern, Ramrod (1947), directed by her then-husband AndreDeToth, which reunited her with Joel McCrea, despite his earlierreservation. It was successful.

Final years at Paramount

Backat her home studio she had a cameo in Variety Girl (1947) thenwas united with Ladd for the last time in Saigon (1948), inwhich she returned to her former peek-a-boo hairstyle; the movie wasnot particularly well received. Neither was a romantic drama, Isn\'tIt Romantic (also 1948) or a comedy The Sainted Sisters(1948). In 1948 Paramount decided not to renew Lake\'s contract.

Leaving Paramount

Lakemoved to 20th Century Fox to make Slattery\'s Hurricane (1949),directed by DeToth. It was only a support role and there were notmany other offers.

In1950 it was announced she and DeToth would make Before I Wake(from a suspense novel by Mel Devrett) and Flanagan Boy.Neither was made.

Sheappeared in Stronghold (1951), which she later described as \"adog\", an independent production from Lippert Pictures shot inMexico. She later sued for unpaid wages on the film. Lake and DeTothfiled for bankruptcy that same year.

TheIRS later seized their home for unpaid taxes. On the verge of anervous breakdown and bankrupt, Lake ran away, left DeToth, and flewalone to New York.

NewYork\"Theysaid, \'She\'ll be back in a couple of months,\'\" recalled Lake.\"Well I never returned. Enough was enough already. Did I want tobe one of the walking dead or a real person?\"

Sheperformed in summer stock theatre and in stage roles in England. InOctober 1955, she collapsed in Detroit, where she had been appearingon stage in The Little Hut.

Later years

Afterher third divorce, Lake drifted between cheap hotels in New YorkCity, and was arrested several times for public drunkenness anddisorderly conduct. In 1962, a New York Post reporter foundher living at the all-women\'s Martha Washington Hotel in Manhattan,working as a waitress downstairs in the cocktail lounge. She wasworking under the name \"Connie de Toth\". Lake said she tookthe job in part because \"I like people. I like to talk to them\".

Thereporter\'s widely distributed story led to speculation that Lake wasdestitute. After the story ran, fans of Lake sent her money which shereturned as \"a matter of pride\". Lake vehemently deniedthat she was destitute and stated, \"It\'s as though people weremaking me out to be down-and-out. I wasn\'t. I was paying $190 a monthrent then, and that\'s a long way from being broke\". The storydid revive some interest in Lake and led to some television and stageappearances, most notably in the 1963 off-Broadway revival of themusical Best Foot Forward.

In1966, she had a brief stint as a television hostess in Baltimore,Maryland, along with a largely ignored film role in Footsteps inthe Snow. She also continued appearing in stage roles. She wentto Freeport in the Bahamas to visit a friend and ended up livingthere for a few years.

Lake\'smemoirs, Veronica: The Autobiography of Veronica Lake, whichshe dictated to the writer Donald Bain, were published in the UnitedKingdom in 1969, and in the United States the following year. In thebook, Lake discusses her career, her failed marriages, her romanceswith Howard Hughes, Tommy Manville and Aristotle Onassis, heralcoholism, and her guilt over not spending enough time with herchildren. In the book, Lake stated to Bain that her mother pushed herinto a career as an actress. Bain quoted Lake, looking back at hercareer, as saying, \"I never did cheesecake like Ann Sheridan orBetty Grable. I just used my hair\". She also laughed off theterm \"sex symbol\" and instead referred to herself as a \"sexzombie\".

Whenshe went to the UK to promote her book in 1969 she received an offerto appear on stage in Madam Chairman. Also in 1969, Lakeessayed the role of Blanche DuBois in a revival of A StreetcarNamed Desire on the English stage; her performance won ravereviews. With the proceeds from her autobiography, after she haddivided them with Bain, she co-produced and starred in her finalfilm, Flesh Feast (1970), a low-budget horror movie with aNazi-myth storyline.

Personal life

Lake\'sfirst marriage was to art director John S. Detlie, in 1940. They hada daughter, Elaine (born in 1941), and a son, Anthony (born July 8,1943). According to news from the time, Lake\'s son was bornprematurely after she tripped on a lighting cable while filming amovie. Anthony died on July 15, 1943. Lake and Detlie separated inAugust 1943 and divorced in December 1943.

In1944, Lake married film director Andre DeToth with whom she had ason, Andre Anthony Michael III (known as Michael DeToth), and adaughter, Diana (born October 1948). Days before Diana\'s birth,Lake\'s mother sued her for support payments. After purchasing anairplane for de Toth, Lake earned her pilot\'s license in 1946. Shelater flew solo between Los Angeles and New York when leaving him.Lake and DeToth divorced in 1952.

InSeptember 1955, she married songwriter Joseph Allan McCarthy. Theywere divorced in 1959. In 1969, she revealed that she rarely saw herchildren.


InJune 1973, Lake returned from her autobiography promotion and summerstock tour in England to the United States and while traveling inVermont, visited a local doctor, complaining of stomach pains. Shewas discovered to have cirrhosis of the liver as a result of heryears of drinking, and on June 26, she checked into the University ofVermont Medical Center in Burlington.

Shedied there on July 7, 1973, of acute hepatitis and acute kidneyinjury. Her son Michael claimed her body. Lake\'s memorial service washeld at the Universal Chapel in New York City on July 11.

Shewas cremated and, according to her wishes, her ashes were scatteredoff the coast of the Virgin Islands. In 2004, some of Lake\'s asheswere reportedly found in a New York antique store.

Hollywood Boulevard

Forher contribution to the motion picture industry, Lake has a star onthe Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6918 Hollywood Boulevard.








Sorority House


Uncredited, alternative title: That Girl from College


The Wrong Room

The Attorney\'s New Bride

Credited as Connie Keane


Dancing Co-Ed

One of Couple on Motorcycle

Alternative title: Every Other Inch a Lady


All Women Have Secrets


Credited as Constance Keane


Young as You Feel

Bit part

Credited as Constance Keane


Forty Little Mothers

Granville girl



I Wanted Wings

Sally Vaughn

First featured role


Hold Back the Dawn

Movie Actress



Sullivan\'s Travels

The Girl

Directed by Preston Sturges


This Gun for Hire

Ellen Graham

First film with Alan Ladd


The Glass Key

Janet Henry

With Alan Ladd


I Married a Witch


Directed by René Clair


Star Spangled Rhythm


One of a number of Paramount stars making cameos


So Proudly We Hail!

Lt. Olivia D\'Arcy


The Hour Before the Dawn

Dora Bruckmann


Bring On the Girls

Teddy Collins


Out of This World

Dorothy Dodge


Duffy\'s Tavern


One of a number of Paramount stars making cameos


Hold That Blonde

Sally Martin


Miss Susie Slagle\'s

Nan Rogers


The Blue Dahlia

Joyce Harwood

With Alan Ladd



Connie Dickason

Directed by her then-husband Andre DeToth; first film made outside Paramount since becoming a star


Variety Girl


One of a number of Paramount stars making cameos



Susan Cleaver

Last film with Alan Ladd


The Sainted Sisters

Letty Stanton


Isn\'t It Romantic?

Candy Cameron


Slattery\'s Hurricane

Dolores Greaves

Directed by André de Toth



Mary Stevens


Footsteps in the Snow



Flesh Feast

Dr. Elaine Frederick

Alternative title: Time Is Terror







Your Show of Shows

Herself – Guest Performer

Episode #2.11


Lights Out

Mercy Device

Episode: \"Beware This Woman\"


Lux Video Theatre


3 episodes


Somerset Maugham TV Theatre


Episode: \"The Facts of Life\"


Celanese Theatre

Abby Fane

Episode: \"Brief Moment\"


Tales of Tomorrow


Episode: \"Flight Overdue\"


Goodyear Television Playhouse

Judy \"Leni\" Howard

Episode: \"Better Than Walking\"



Episode: \"Inside Straight\"


Broadway Television Theatre

Nancy Willard

Episode: \"The Gramercy Ghost\"

Selected stage credits




Her run

Thought for Food

Bliss Hayden Theatre, Beverly Hills

1939: January–February

She Made Her Bed

Bliss Hayden Theatre, Beverly Hills

1939: July–August

Private Confusion

Bliss Hayden Theatre, Beverly Hills

1940: October

Direct Hit

1944: June

The Voice of the Turtle


1951: February

The Curtain Rises

Olney Theatre


Peter Pan

Road tour


Brief Moment


Gramercy Hill



Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia


The Little Hut

Road tour, including:
Erlanger Theatre, Buffalo
Murat Theatre, Indianapolis
Shubert Theatre, Detroit
Shubert Theatre, Cincinnati


Bell Book and Candle


Fair Game

Road tour, including:
Arena Playhouse, Atlanta
Hinsdale Strawhatter, Chicago

1959: July

Best Foot Forward

Stage 73 (Off-Broadway), Manhattan


Madam Chairman

Tour of English provinces


A Streetcar Named Desire

New Theatre, Bromley


In popular culture

Clipsfrom her role in The Glass Key (1942) were integrated into thefilm Dead Men Don\'t Wear Plaid (1982) as character MonicaStillpond.

Lakewas one of the models for the animated character Jessica Rabbit inthe film Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988), especially for herhairstyle.

Inthe 1997 film L.A. Confidential, Kim Basinger won the AcademyAward for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of a prostitutewho is a Veronica Lake look-alike.

Ageographical feature called \"Lake Veronica\" was a recurringjoke in the Rocky and Bullwinkle series and film.

InMoose: Chapters from My Life (the 2013, posthumously releasedautobiography by Robert B. Sherman) writes about his teenagefriendship with Lake.

VeronicaLake\'s image was used as a sight gag in the movie The Major andthe Minor (1942) with Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland.

Radio appearances




March 30, 1943

Lux Radio Theater

I Wanted Wings

February 9, 1943

Bob Hope

Guest star Paulette Goddard and Veronica Lake

February 16, 1943

Burns and Allen

Guest star Veronica Lake

November 1, 1943

Lux Radio Theater

So Proudly We Hail!

January 8, 1944

Command Performance

Guest star Veronica Lake

February 18, 1945

Charlie McCarthy

Guest stars Ginny Simms and Veronica Lake

April 2, 1945

The Screen Guild Theater

This Gun for Hire

November 18, 1946

Lux Radio Theatre


April 20, 1947

Exploring the Unknown

The Dark Curtain

April 21, 1949

The Screen Guild Theater

The Blue Dahlia

March 6, 1950

Lux Radio Theatre

Slattery\'s Hurricane

December 15, 1950

Duffy\'s Tavern

\"Archie Wants Veronica Lake to Help Promote a New Latin Singer\"

December 12, 1954

The Jack Benny Program

\"A Trip to Palm Springs\"

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