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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 ...|
"You could put all the talent I had in your left eye and still not suffer from impaired vision." --remark attributed to Veronica Lake, quoted in Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion, 8th ed.
In the early 1940s, US government officials asked Lake to wear her hair up for the duration of WWII: it seems that too many women working in factories were imitating her famous "peek-a-boo bang" and getting their hair caught in assembly-line machinery.
"Possibly no candidate for the pantheon of cinema love goddesses was admitted on such a gimmicky whim as Veronica Lake, whose sulky but beauteous face was characteristically half-obscured by tossed locks of her blonde hair....Her initial cinema popularity was extended by a fortuitous teaming with stone-faced Alan Ladd, he of the sloppy fedora and trenchcoat. They created a new brand of screen lovers: calculating, conscienceless, self-possessed individuals. Their love scenes together were the epitome of restrained ego-feeding, filled with non-sequitur conversation, wisps of cigarette smoke, and bristling icy stares.
The essence of hauteur, she proved the perfect screen bitch: a lithe, provocative figure, topped by luscious blonde hair partially revealing a lean face with slightly sunken cheeks, big cold eyes ... and the surprise of her husky, mature voice." --James Robert Parish ("The Paramount Pretties", 1972)
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