Veronica Lake

Actor, Barmaid
An icy blonde whose trademark hairstyle - a cascade of golden tresses that obscured one heavy-lidded eye - remained among the enduring images of Hollywood glamour, Veronica Lake was for a time, one of the most popular ... Read more »
Born: 11/13/1919 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (22)

Flesh Feast 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

Variety Girl 1947 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Blue Dahlia 1946 (Movie)

Joyce Harwood (Actor)

Duffy's Tavern 1945 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bring on the Girls 1944 (Movie)

(Actor)

Star Spangled Rhythm 1941 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sullivan's Travels 1941 (Movie)

The Girl (Actor)

This Gun For Hire 1941 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hold Back the Dawn 1940 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dancing Co-Ed (Movie)

(Actor)

Forty Little Mothers (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

Hold That Blonde (Movie)

Sally Martin (Actor)

I Married a Witch (Movie)

Jennifer (Actor)

I Wanted Wings (Movie)

Sally Vaughn (Actor)

Proudly We Hail (Movie)

Lt. Olivia D'Arcy (Actor)

Ramrod (Movie)

Connie Dickason (Actor)

Saigon (Movie)

Susan Cleaver (Actor)

Slattery's Hurricane (Movie)

Dolores Greaves (Actor)

Stronghold (Movie)

Mary Stevens (Actor)

The Glass Key (Movie)

Janet Henry (Actor)

The Hour Before the Dawn (Movie)

Dora Bruckmann (Actor)

The Sainted Sisters (Movie)

Letty Stanton (Actor)

Biography

An icy blonde whose trademark hairstyle - a cascade of golden tresses that obscured one heavy-lidded eye - remained among the enduring images of Hollywood glamour, Veronica Lake was for a time, one of the most popular and sought-after actresses in motion pictures. She starred in a handful of features that, though the years, earned legendary status, including the film noirs, "This Gun for Hire" (1942) and "The Blue Dahlia" (1946), as well as the smart comedies, "Sullivan's Travels" (1941) and "I Married a Witch" (1942). She also motivated a generation of women to imitate her cool sexuality and chic style, at the same time, causing an equal number of men - particularly fighting WWII G.I.s - to fall for her. Unfortunately, her success was short-lived, her star fizzling under the weight of personal tragedies, gossip and metal illness. Despite her fall from grace, Lake stood the test of time as a Tinseltown icon, inspiring tribute in songs, literature, and movies - most notably Kim Basinger's Academy Award-winning turn in "L.A. Confidential" (1997), as a prostitute whose glacial beauty is modeled after Lake.

Relationships

Constance Charlotta Ockleman

Mother

Anthony Michael de Toth III

Son
born on October 26, 1945

Robert Carelton-Munro

Husband
Married May 29, 1972 in Fort Lauderdale, FL; couple reportedly in the process of divorce at the time of Lake's death July 7, 1973

John S. Detlie Art Director

Husband

Elaine Detlie

Daughter
born on August 21, 1941

William Detlie

Son
born prematurely on July 8, 1943 after Lake tripped on a lighting cable while making "The Hour Before the Dawn" (1944) died on July 15, 1943 of uremic poisoning

Andy Elickson

Companion
had four-year romance which ended with his death in September 1965 before they could be married

Anthony Keane

Step-Father
married Lake's mother in 1933 staff artist with the NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE died on September 10, 1946

Joseph McCarthy

Husband
Married Aug. 28, 1955 in Traverse City, MI

Harry Ockleman

Father
of German-Dutch extraction killed in accident in February 1932

Diane Toth

Daughter
born on October 16, 1948

Andre de Toth Director

Husband
Married Dec. 13, 1944 Separated June 1951 Divorced June 2, 1952

EDUCATION

Bliss Hayden School of Drama

Beverly Hills , California

Miami High School

Miami , Florida
dropped out before graduating

Roman Catholic Villa Maria School

Milestones

1969

Acted in last film (also co-produced), "Flesh Feast"

1966

Returned to film acting in Canadian "Footsteps in the Snow"

1965

Arrested for public drunkenness in Galveston TX

1962

Named an innocent dupe in real-estate scam by New York State Attorney General's Office

1962

Accepted offer of WJZ-TV in Baltimore to host their Saturday evening movie show

1962

Discovered by reporter working as a barmaid in the Martha Washington Hotel, New York

1959

Endured three years of professional inactivity; plagued by problems with children and several physical accidents

1951

Lake and De Toth declared voluntary bankruptcy; $120,000 home sold at auction

1951

Made stage debut in Atlanta in "The Voice of the Turtle" opposite Carl Betz

1951

Journeyed to Mexico to star in independent, low-budget film, "Stronghold", released in 1952

1950

Made television debut in CBS drama, "Shadow of the Heart"

1949

De Toth arranged for her to play second lead in his 20th Century Fox production, "Slattery's Hurricane"

1948

Made last film under Paramount contract, "Isn't It Romantic?"

1947

Loaned out to United Artists; acted in film directed by De Toth, "Ramrod"

1946

Made headlines when husband Andre De Toth assaulted 20 year old Seward Hewitt, a fan who tried to stroke Lake's famous locks

1941

Co-starred with Alan Ladd for the first time in "This Gun for Hire"

1941

Performed "A Sweater, a Sarong, and a Peekaboo Bang" with Paulette Goddard and Dorothy Lamour in Paramount's all-star review, "Star Spangled Rhythm"; Lake's vocal dubbed by Martha Mears

1940

Changed name to Veronica Lake

1940

Achieved star status in "I Wanted Wings"

1939

Made film debut in "All Women Have Secrets"

Grew up in Lake Placid NY and Miami FL

Began working off-Broadway and in stock, then settled in England, where she appeared in "Madame Chairman" and "A Streetcar Named Desire"

Was known as Constance or Connie Keane during her first few years in Hollywood; used stepfather's surname

Won third prize in a beauty contest; encouraged by her mother, she moved to Hollywood in 1938

Stage work in 1950s included road tour of "Peter Pan" and stock productions of "The Gramercy Ghost", "Remains to Be Seen", "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", and "I Am a Camera"

Bonus Trivia

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"You could put all the talent I had in your left eye and still not suffer from impaired vision." --remark attributed to Veronica Lake, quoted in Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion, 8th ed.

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In the early 1940s, US government officials asked Lake to wear her hair up for the duration of WWII: it seems that too many women working in factories were imitating her famous "peek-a-boo bang" and getting their hair caught in assembly-line machinery.

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"Possibly no candidate for the pantheon of cinema love goddesses was admitted on such a gimmicky whim as Veronica Lake, whose sulky but beauteous face was characteristically half-obscured by tossed locks of her blonde hair....Her initial cinema popularity was extended by a fortuitous teaming with stone-faced Alan Ladd, he of the sloppy fedora and trenchcoat. They created a new brand of screen lovers: calculating, conscienceless, self-possessed individuals. Their love scenes together were the epitome of restrained ego-feeding, filled with non-sequitur conversation, wisps of cigarette smoke, and bristling icy stares.The essence of hauteur, she proved the perfect screen bitch: a lithe, provocative figure, topped by luscious blonde hair partially revealing a lean face with slightly sunken cheeks, big cold eyes ... and the surprise of her husky, mature voice." --James Robert Parish ("The Paramount Pretties", 1972)

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