Veronica Lake was born Constance Frances Marie Ockleman in Brooklyn, New York on November 14th 1919. Her family moved to Florida before she was even a year old, but they moved back to Brooklyn a few years later. He only early acting was in a school play during primary school. Her father died whilst working on an oil ship following an explosion when she was twelve.
After his death, Veronica’s mother got married again to an Anthony Keane. This saw the family move around to places such as Canada and Florida. Veronica graduated from high school in Miami, and decided to embark upon an acting career. In 1938 the family moved to Beverley Hills, and Veronica enrolled at Bliss Hayden School of Acting in Hollywood.
Before long she secured a part in her first movie, the RKO 1939 production of ‘Sorority House’. This was followed in the same year by ‘All Women have Secrets’ and ‘Dancing Co-Ed’. These were not large parts, and were again swiftly followed by small parts in ‘Young as you Feel’ and ‘Forty Little Mothers’. It was 1941 when she got her first big role in ‘I Wanted Wings’ and this is when she changed her name to Veronica Lake.She went on to make numerous movies and was a big hit with the public. Her films included: ‘This Gun for Hire’, ‘The Hour Before Dawn’, ‘Hold That Blonde’, and ‘Out of this World’ amongst others. However, by 1952 her career had started to plummet, and she made a number of flops before disappearing altogether. In 1962 it was discovered that the now alcohol-reliant Veronica was working as a bartender and slumming it in some old hotel. She passed away from hepatitis at the age of 53 on July 7 th 1973 in Vermont.
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