Veronica Lake Rare Vintage 1952 Signed Photograph Autographed For Sale
VERONICA LAKE RARE VINTAGE 1952 SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH AUTOGRAPHED
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DESCRIPTION: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! Actress VERONICA LAKE rare vintage 1952 authentic original signed PARAMOUNT PICTURES photograph. This alluring image is autographed with a blue ink fountain pen.
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- SIZE: approx. 7 3/4" X 10"
- TONE: B&W
- FINISH: glossy
- CONDITION: Excellent (Please note that I am extremely condition conscious so I always point out the slightest anomalies)
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VERONICA LAKE BIO
(November 14, 1922 – July 7, 1973) was an
American film actress and pin-up model. She received both popular and critical
acclaim, most notably for her femme fatale roles in film noir with Alan Ladd
during the 1940s, and was well-known for her peek-a-boo hairstyle. Her success
did not last; she had a string of broken marriages and long struggles with
mental illness and alcoholism until she died of hepatitis.
Lake was born as Constance Frances Marie
Ockelman in Brooklyn, New York. Her father, Harry E. Ockelman, of
Danish-Irish descent, worked for an oil company aboard a ship. Her father died
in an industrial explosion in Philadelphia
in 1932 when she was ten. Her mother, née Constance Charlotta Trimble
(1902–1992), (listed as "Veronica F." on the 1920 census), married
family friend Anthony Keane, a newspaper staff artist, a year later, and Lake began using his last name.
Lake was sent to Villa Maria, an all-girls
Catholic boarding school in Montreal,
which she was expelled. The Keane family later moved to Miami, Florida.
Lake attended Miami Senior High School in Miami, where she was known for her beauty.
She had a troubled childhood and was, according to her mother, diagnosed as
In 1938 Lake moved with her mother and
stepfather to Beverly Hills,
where her mother enrolled her in the Bliss-Hayden School of Acting. Her first
appearance on screen was for RKO, playing a small role among several coeds in
the 1939 film, Sorority House. Similar roles followed, including All
Women Have Secrets and Dancing Co-Ed. During the making of Sorority
House director John Farrow first noticed how her hair always covered her
right eye, creating an air of mystery about her and enhancing her natural
beauty. She was then introduced, while still a teenager, to the Paramount producer Arthur Hornblow, Jr.. He changed her
name to Veronica Lake because the surname suited her blue
Her contract was subsequently dropped by RKO.
She married art director John S. Detlie, 14 years her senior, in 1940. A small
role in the comedy, Forty Little Mothers, brought unexpected attention.
In 1941 she was signed to a long-term contract with Paramount Pictures. On
August 21, 1941, she gave birth to her first child, Elaine Detlie.
Her breakthrough film was I Wanted Wings
in 1941, a major hit in which Lake played the
second female lead and was said to have stolen scene after scene from the rest
of the cast. This success was followed by Hold Back the Dawn later that
year. She had starring roles in more popular movies, including Sullivan's
Travels, This Gun for Hire, I Married a Witch, The Glass
Key, and So Proudly We Hail!. Looking back at her career years
later, Lake remarked, "I never did
cheesecake; I just used my hair."
For a short time during the early 1940s Lake
was considered one of the most reliable box office draws in Hollywood. She became known for onscreen
pairings with actor Alan Ladd. At first, the couple was teamed together merely
out of physical necessity: Ladd was just 5 feet 5inches (1.65 m) tall and
the only actress then on the Paramount lot short enough to pair with him was
Lake, who stood just 4 feet 11½ inches (1.51 m). They made four films together.
A stray lock of her shoulder-length blonde
hair during a publicity photo shoot led to her iconic "peekaboo"
hairstyle, which was widely imitated. During World War II, she changed her
trademark image to encourage women working in war industry factories to adopt
more practical, safer hairstyles.
Although popular with the public, Lake had a complex personality and acquired a reputation
for being difficult to work with. Eddie Bracken, her co-star in Star
Spangled Rhythm was quoted as saying, "She was known as 'The Bitch'
and she deserved the title." In that movie, Lake took part in a song
lampooning her hair style, "A Sweater, A Sarong and a Peekaboo Bang",
performed with Paulette Goddard and Dorothy Lamour. Joel McCrea, her co-star in
Sullivan's Travels, reputedly turned down the co-starring role in I
Married a Witch, saying, "Life's too short for two films with Veronica Lake."
Lake's career stumbled with her unsympathetic role as Nazi
spy Dora Bruckman in 1944's The Hour Before the Dawn. During filming,
she tripped on a lighting cable while pregnant and began hemorrhaging. She
recovered, but her second child, William, was born prematurely on July 8, 1943,
dying a week later from uremic poisoning. By the end of 1943 her first marriage
ended in divorce. Meanwhile, scathing reviews of The Hour Before Dawn
included criticism of her unconvincing German accent.
Nonetheless, Lake was earning $4,500 per week
under her contract with Paramount.
She had begun drinking more heavily during this period and people began
refusing to work with her. Paramount cast Lake in a string of mostly forgotten films. A notable
exception was The Blue Dahlia (1946), in which she again co-starred with
Ladd. During filming, screenplay writer Raymond Chandler referred to her as
"Moronica Lake". Paramount decided not to renew her contract
She married film director Andre De Toth in
1944 and had a son, Andre Anthony Michael De Toth, known as Michael De Toth
(October 25, 1945 - February 24, 1991), and a daughter, Diana De Toth (born
October 16, 1948). Lake was sued by her mother
for support payments in 1948.
Lake earned her pilot's license in 1946 and
was able to fly solo between Los Angeles and New York.
After a single film for 20th Century Fox, Slattery's
Hurricane (1949), her career collapsed. By the end of 1951 she had appeared
in one last film (Stronghold, which she later described as "a
dog"), filed for bankruptcy, and divorced de Toth. The IRS seized the
remainder of her assets for unpaid taxes. Lake
turned to television and stage work and in 1955 married songwriter Joseph A.
After breaking her ankle in 1959, Lake was unable to continue working as an actress. She
and McCarthy divorced, after which she drifted between cheap hotels in Brooklyn
and New York City
and was arrested several times for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct. A
New York Post reporter found her working as a barmaid at the all-women's
Martha Washington Hotel in Manhattan.
At first, Veronica claimed that she was a guest at the hotel and covering for a
friend. Soon afterward, she admitted that she was employed at the bar. The
reporter's widely distributed story led to some television and stage
appearances, most notably in the off-Broadway revival of the musical "Best
Foot Forward." (Her contract overlapped with the departing Liza Minnelli
and the two briefly co-starred together.) In 1966, she had a brief stint as a
TV hostess in Baltimore, Maryland, along with a largely ignored film
role in Footsteps in the Snow.
Her physical and mental health declined
steadily. By the late 1960s Lake was in Hollywood,
Florida, apparently immobilized
by paranoia (which included claims she was being stalked by the FBI).
She spent a brief period in England, where
she appeared in the plays Madame Chairman and A Streetcar Named
When Veronica: The Autobiography of
Veronica Lake (Bantam, 1972) was published, she promoted the book with a
memorable interview on The Dick Cavett Show, as well as an episode of
"To Tell the Truth," on which the panel had to guess which of three
disguised women was the "real" Veronica Lake.
Two of the panelists, Bill Cullen and Peggy Cass, quickly disqualified
themselves because they knew her. With the proceeds, she co-produced and
starred in her last film, Flesh Feast (1970), a very low budget horror
movie with a Nazi-myth storyline. She then moved to the UK, where she had a short-lived marriage with an
"English sea captain", Robert Carleton-Munro, before returning to the
in 1973, having filed for divorce.
Lake was immediately hospitalized. Although she had made a
cheerful and positive impression on the nurses who cared for her, she was
apparently estranged from her three surviving children, particularly her
daughters. Elaine Detlie became known as Ani Sangge Lhamo after becoming a
member of the Subud faith in New
Zealand. Diana became a secretary for the US
Embassy in Rome
in the 1970s. Michael De Toth stayed with his mother on and off through the
1960s and 1970s. He married Edwina Mae Niecke. When Lake
died he claimed her body.
Lake died on July 7, 1973 of hepatitis and
acute renal failure (complications of her alcoholism) in Burlington, Vermont,
where her death was certified by Dr. Wareen Beeken at the Fletcher Allen
Hospital and where she was seen by many staff members during her nearly two
week stay. A rumor persists that she died in Montreal
and was smuggled across the border to Vermont.
Her ashes were scattered off the coast of the
Virgin Islands as she had requested. A
memorial service was held in Manhattan,
but only her son and handful of strangers attended. In 2004 some of Lake's
ashes were reportedly found in a New
York antique store. Her son Michael died on February
24, 1991, aged 45, in Olympia,
Lake has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6918 Hollywood Boulevard
for her contributions to the motion picture industry. She ironically remains a
legendary star today and her autographs and other memorabilia continue to draw
high prices on and other popular outlets.
wasn't a sex symbol, I was a sex zombie."
could put all the talent I had into your left eye and still not suffer
from impaired vision."
reached a point in my life where it's the little things that matter... I
was always a rebel and probably could have got much further had I changed
my attitude. But when you think about it, I got pretty far without
changing attitudes. I'm happier with that." (1970)
Smolin's song "Veronica Lake" is about an irresolute sighting of a
homeless Veronica Lake at Union Station in Los Angeles.
Archie Comics character Veronica Lodge was partially named after Veronica Lake, who was in the midst of her
early celebrity when the comic book character was introduced in the spring
1997, the Academy Award-winning film L.A. Confidential paid homage
to Lake's image and manner through Kim Basinger'sJames Ellroy's crime novel
set in early 1950s Los Angeles.
Basinger won an Oscar for her performance, which required her to
deliberately resemble Lake. A scene
included an image of Lake from This
Gun for Hire starring role in an adaptation of screening in the
Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit was modeled on Veronica Lake and Rita Hayworth. Jessica
also sports Lake's trademark peekaboo
character of Ronnie
Lake in the hit CBS
drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is named after her.
character in Sullivan's Travels inspired "Miss Lake,"
a song on London-based French songwriter Louis Philippe's 2007 album, An
Billy Wilder's comedy The Major and the Minor has a scene
in which the students of a girl's school - and their headmistress - all
have peekaboo hairstyles. The boys in the scene mention "The girls at
the school have an epidemic...They all think they're Veronica Lake".
Alfred Hitchcock's suspense film Shadow of a Doubt (1943), the
young daughter named Ann says her prayers before going to sleep...
"God bless Mama, Papa, Captain Midnight, Veronica
Lake, and the President of the United States."
recorded a tribute song called "Veronica Lake"
on their latest album, Head Off! The song was originally written by
the New Bomb Turks.
The spider in Bob Clampett's cartoon Eatin' on the Cuff
puts on a Veronica
The Bugs Bunny cartoon A-Lad-In His Lamp features a lake
Clips of Veronica
Lake were used in Dead
Men Don't Wear Plaid, a 1982 spoof of film noir starring Steve Martin.
In the 2009 video game Still Life 2, a sequel to the 2005
Lake is the
favourite actress of the game's villain. He is obsessed with her movies,
especially The Blue Dahlia.
2010 Jack White III added a new girl to his acoustic guitar collection
Lake. It is a custom
white Gretsch Rancher with a gold double pickguard and a picture of Veronica Lake on the back. He is currently
playing Veronica with his band The Dead Weather.
the Three Stooges short subject, "Higher Than A Kite", Larry
Fine impersonates Veronica Lake, calling himself, "Moronica".
Manhattan the Woody Allen character tells his young girlfriend that
he's going to take her to see a Veronica Lake movie. She then jokingly
confuses her with Rita Hayworth.
Heavenly Creatures, Juliet (Kate Winslet) and Pauline (Melanie
Lynskey) are overheard apparently taking publicity photographs for a
planned trip to Hollywood. Juliet says she'll lean back and put her hair
on one shoulder and "look just like Veronica Lake".
In The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, Veronica Lake is the
location of the island Moosylvania.
the Woody Woodpecker cartoon The Barber of Seville Woody styles his
hair in a peek-a-boo and says, "Looks like Harmonica Lake."
In an episode of Are You Being Served?, Mrs. Slocombe remarks that
she has been told that from the front she looks like Veronica Lake. Mr.
Lucas replies that from the back she looks like Windermere Lake.
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