The best movies, life, career of a beautiful actress..Veronica Lake

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When Brooklyn-born Constance Ockleman was prodded into a performing career by her ambitious mother, she chose her stepfather’s name, Keane, for her nom de stage. After a year of thankless bit parts, she was dropped by RKO Radio Pictures.

When she re-emerged at MGM in a small role in the Eddie Cantor vehicle Forty Little Mothers (1940), she was known as Veronica Lake. While posing for publicity pictures, Lake inadvertently allowed her blonde hair to obscure one eye, thereby creating her movie persona as “the girl with the peek-a-boo bang.” Signed by Paramount in 1941, Lake quickly ascended to leading roles. Directors such as Preston Sturges and René Clair had the patience to draw genuine performances from her, but, for the most part, she was cast on the basis of her beauty and popularity, with acting hardly an afterthought.

In This Gun for Hire (1942), Lake was teamed with up-and-coming Alan Ladd, thereby launching one of Paramount’s most successful screen duos. Eventually renegotiating her contact and finding brief domestic happiness with her second husband, director André De Toth, the actress flourished professionally and financially until 1948, when she was hit with the double whammy of being dropped by Paramount and being sued for support payments by her mother. De Toth wangled a good role for Lake in the 20th Century Fox film Slattery’s Hurricane (1949), but it failed to rekindle her stardom. She left Hollywood in the early ’50s, making a living with stage appearances.

But increasing personal problems and a stage injury effectively ended her career, and, by 1959, she was working as a Manhattan barmaid. Lake staged a comeback as a Baltimore TV host in the early ’60s, and, in 1966 and 1970, financed two cheap films for herself (Footsteps in the Snow and Flesh Feast). She wrote a tell-all autobiography in 1969 and sought stage work in England. Lake returned to the U.S. in 1971; but after more personal problems and failed comeback attempts, she died of hepatitis two years later while visiting friends in Burlington.

Born
Constance Frances Marie Ockelman

November 14, 1922

Brooklyn, New York, U.S
Died July 7, 1973 (aged 50)

Burlington, Vermont, U.S

10.So Proudly We Hail!

Veronica Lake, Claudette Colbert

So Proudly We Hail! is a 1943 American film directed and produced by Mark Sandrich, and starring Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goddard – who was nominated for an Academy Award for..

9.Saigon

Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd

Saigon is a 1948 film starring Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake in their fourth and final film together. It was distributed by Paramount Pictures and was one of the last films Veronica Lake made..

8.Ramrod

Veronica Lake, Joel McCrea

Ramrod is a 1947 Western film directed by André De Toth. This cowboy drama from Hungarian director De Toth was the first of several films based on the stories of Western author Luke..

7.Slattery’s Hurricane

Veronica Lake, Richard Widmark

Slattery’s Hurricane is a 1949 drama film directed by André De Toth and based on a story submitted by Herman Wouk, who also coauthored the screenplay and published a novel of the..

6.The Blue Dahlia

Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd

The Blue Dahlia is a 1946 film noir, directed by George Marshall and written by Raymond Chandler. The film marks the third pairing of stars Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake..

5.The Glass Key

Veronica Lake, Ray Milland

The Glass Key, released in 1935, is the first of two film adaptations of the suspense novel The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett. The film stars George Raft, featuring Edward Arnold and Claire..

4.This Gun for Hire

Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd

This Gun for Hire is a 1942 film noir, directed by Frank Tuttle and based on the novel A Gun for Sale by Graham Greene. The film stars Veronica Lake, Robert Preston, Laird Cregar, and Alan..

3. I Wanted Wings

William Holden, Veronica Lake

I Wanted Wings is a 1941 American drama film directed by Mitchell Leisen and based on a book by Lieutenant Beirne Lay, Jr. The film stars Ray Milland and William Holden. The supporting cast..

2.Sullivan’s Travels

Veronica Lake, Preston Sturges

Sullivan’s Travels is a 1942 American comedy film written and directed by Preston Sturges. It is a satire about a movie director, played by Joel McCrea, who longs to make a socially relevant..

1. I Married a Witch

Veronica Lake, Susan Hayward

I Married a Witch is a 1942 fantasy romantic comedy film, directed by René Clair, and starring Veronica Lake as a witch whose plan for revenge goes comically awry, with Fredric March as her
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