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|Also Known As:||Died:||July 7, 1973|
|Born:||November 14, 1919||Cause of Death:||hepatitis|
|Birth Place:||Brooklyn, New York, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
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Grew up in Lake Placid NY and Miami FL
Won third prize in a beauty contest; encouraged by her mother, she moved to Hollywood in 1938
Made film debut in "All Women Have Secrets"
Was known as Constance or Connie Keane during her first few years in Hollywood; used stepfather's surname
Changed name to Veronica Lake
Achieved star status in "I Wanted Wings"
Co-starred with Alan Ladd for the first time in "This Gun for Hire"
Performed "A Sweater, a Sarong, and a Peekaboo Bang" with Paulette Goddard and Dorothy Lamour in Paramount's all-star review, "Star Spangled Rhythm"; Lake's vocal dubbed by Martha Mears
Made headlines when husband Andre De Toth assaulted 20 year old Seward Hewitt, a fan who tried to stroke Lake's famous locks
Loaned out to United Artists; acted in film directed by De Toth, "Ramrod"
Made last film under Paramount contract, "Isn't It Romantic?"
De Toth arranged for her to play second lead in his 20th Century Fox production, "Slattery's Hurricane"
Made television debut in CBS drama, "Shadow of the Heart"
Journeyed to Mexico to star in independent, low-budget film, "Stronghold", released in 1952
Lake and De Toth declared voluntary bankruptcy; $120,000 home sold at auction
Made stage debut in Atlanta in "The Voice of the Turtle" opposite Carl Betz
Stage work in 1950s included road tour of "Peter Pan" and stock productions of "The Gramercy Ghost", "Remains to Be Seen", "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", and "I Am a Camera"
Endured three years of professional inactivity; plagued by problems with children and several physical accidents
Discovered by reporter working as a barmaid in the Martha Washington Hotel, New York
Accepted offer of WJZ-TV in Baltimore to host their Saturday evening movie show
Named an innocent dupe in real-estate scam by New York State Attorney General's Office
Arrested for public drunkenness in Galveston TX
Returned to film acting in Canadian "Footsteps in the Snow"
Began working off-Broadway and in stock, then settled in England, where she appeared in "Madame Chairman" and "A Streetcar Named Desire"
Acted in last film (also co-produced), "Flesh Feast"
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