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Veronica Lake

circa 1942
Born Constance Frances Marie Ockelman
November 14, 1922(1922-11-14)
Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
Died July 7, 1973(1973-07-07) (aged 50)
Burlington, Vermont, U.S.
Cause of death Hepatitis and acute renal failure
Other names Constance Keane, Connie Keane
Occupation Actress
Years active 1939–1970
Spouse John S. Detlie (m. 1940–1943, divorced; 2 children)
André De Toth (m. 1944–1952, divorced; 2 children)
Joseph A. McCarthy (m. 1955–1959, divorced)
Robert Carleton-Munro (1972–1973; her death)

Veronica Lake (November 14, 1922[1] – July 7, 1973) was an American movie actress and pin-up model.[2] She was well like by both audiences and critics. Lake is most notably for her role in Sullivan's Travels and for her femme fatale roles in film noir with Alan Ladd during the 1940s. These include This Gun for Hire. Lake had bad marriages. At the end of her career, she had problems with mental illness and alcoholism. She was born in Brooklyn. Her father was of Irish and Danish ancestry.

Paramount Pictures had Lake under contract.


  1. U.S. Census, April 1, 1930, State of Washington, County of Kings, enumeration district 1657, page 8-B, family 151, Constance Ockelman (sic), age 7 years, born in Seattle. Her father, Harry Ockelman, Jr., is listed as unmarried in the 1920 U.S. Census of Pennsylvania.
  2. Obituary Variety, July 11, 1973, page 63.