Veronica Lake

October 16, 2010 by staff 

Veronica Lake, This test could easily be subtitled “How I fell in love with Veronica Lake. How not to be fascinated – even falling in love – when you watch Veronica Lake on the screen? One cannot help – they cannot be blamed – to fall over backwards for this actress-c*m-entertaining beautifully pinup girl. Even Curtis Hanson used this image during casting Kim Basinger in the role of Veronica Lake-esque in LA Confidential. David Thompson, in his opus, The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, Miss Lake described as “Small, silky, and behind the curtain than half of its own blond hair.” How could we not simply gaga?

In fact, my first encounter with the beautiful Miss Lake (and his “curtain of blond hair) was in the Preston Sturges film Sullivan’s Travels, where the actress small (it was only 4 ½ ’11) Joel McCrea joined the film director unhappy with his travels throughout the country posing as a pair of vagabonds. Furthermore (and quite ironic given the quality of the aforementioned legendary Curtain blond hair “) I fell in love with Miss Lake when she was dressed incognito to watch the movie tomboy.
I’m sure it was all a coincidence, but the decline was real. Problems of marriage and domestic tragedies, several scathing reviews of his movies after the war and discontent in the workshop and a drinking problem led to his eventual departure from Paramount and later start to act. After a wedding at the eye-patch with the director Andre de Toth (and two children), Lake made her final film in 1951 (Stronghold) and fell into oblivion. Dying in 1973, relatively forgotten.

Whatever the cause (hair, consumer dissatisfaction) Lake career was cut way way too much. I have never seen two of his films (I know, how dare I call my self a cinephile!), but his star still shines bright in my heart (whatever cheese that may sound!). I married a witch holding a special place because of the performance of the beautiful Miss Lake wild abandon – to highlight his talent for melodrama zany antics and ridiculous. And do all this while still damn sxy – “curtain of blond hair” or not.

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