Veronica Lake

Veronica Lake

Highest Rated: 100% The Blue Dahlia (1946)

Lowest Rated: 88% The Glass Key (1942)

Birthday: Nov 14, 1919

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

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, VT.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet Flesh Feast Dr. Elaine Frederick 1969
No Score Yet Stronghold Mary Stevens 1952
No Score Yet Slattery's Hurricane Dolores Grieves 1949
No Score Yet The Sainted Sisters Letty Stanton 1948
No Score Yet Isn't It Romantic? Candy Cameron 1948
No Score Yet Variety Girl Herself 1947
100% The Blue Dahlia Joyce Harwood 1946
No Score Yet So Proudly We Hail! Lt. Olivia D'Arcy 1943
No Score Yet Star Spangled Rhythm Herself 1942
95% I Married a Witch Jennifer 1942
88% The Glass Key Janet Henry 1942
93% This Gun for Hire Ellen Graham 1942
100% Sullivan's Travels The Girl 1941
100% Hold Back the Dawn On-the-Set Film Actor 1941
No Score Yet I Wanted Wings Sally Vaughn 1941
No Score Yet Dancing Co-ed Actor 1939
No Score Yet Ramrod Connie Dickason 1930

QUOTES FROM Veronica Lake CHARACTERS

The Girl says: Where is this train going?

John L. Sullivan says: I don't know.

The Girl says: Well how long does it take to get there?

The Girl says: Where is this train going?

John L. Sullivan says: I don't know.

The Girl says: Well how long does it take to get there?

The Girl says: You've taken all the joy out of life. I was all through with this kind of stuff. I mean, I knew I'd never have it - but there was no envy in my heart. I'd found a friend who'd swipe a car to take me home..., now I'm right back where I started: just an extra-girl having breakfast with a director. Only I didn't used to have breakfast with them. Maybe that was my trouble.

John L. Sullivan says: Did they ever ask you to?

The Girl says: No

John L. Sullivan says: Well then don't pat yourself on the back.

The Girl says: Take me with you.

John L. Sullivan says: What?

The Girl says: I'm sorry I pushed you in the water, too.

The Girl says: I'm sorry I pushed you in the water too.

John L. Sullivan says: I probably needed it.

The Girl says: You certainly did.

John L. Sullivan says: Did I?

The Girl says: I didn't mind you. In fact, I had kind of a yin for you.

John L. Sullivan says: You have?

The Girl says: Not in that thing. I liked you better as a tramp.

John L. Sullivan says: Well I can't help the kind of people you like.

The Girl says: Where's the swimming pool, you must have a swimming pool.