Monday, 5 March 2012

Tribute To Veronica Lake

Born Constance Francis Marie Ockleman in Brooklyn, New York.

Famous for her "peek-a-boo" hair style.

Veronica (4'-11") made seven films with Alan Ladd (5'-6"): This Gun For Hire (42), The Glass Key (42), Star Spangled Rhythm (42), Duffy's Tavern (45), The Blue Dahlia (46), Variety Girl (47), Saigon (48).

Other popular films she starred in: I Wanted Wings (41), Hold Back The Dawn (41),  Sullivan's Travels (41), I Married A Witch (42), So Proudly We Hail (43).

Veronica was the inspiration for the Jessica Rabbit character from the movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" (88).

Kim Basinger won an Academy Award for playing a prostitute who looked like Veronica Lake (L.A. Confidential 1997).

Took flying lessons and became a licensed pilot.

Famous quote: "I wasn't a sex symbol, I was a sex zombie."

Reportedly a paranoid schizophrenic.

After her career went into decline she was discovered working as a barmaid in a Manhattan hotel.

Died in 1973 of hepatitis.

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