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Veronica Lake (1919-1973) was a Hollywood actress from 1939-1970 with her career peak during the 1940s. She starred in film noirs and comedies including her debut, Sorority House (1939), I Wanted Wings (1941) and The Blue Dahlia (1946). Lake was known for her ice-blonde wavy hair, cold demeanor, sexiness, short height (4'11") and "peek-a-boo" hairstyle (hair covering one eye).
Lake married three times to director Andre De Toth in 1944, songwriter Joseph A. McCarthy in 1955 and a commercial fisherman in England in the early 1970s. She had four children total from her first marriage. Throughout her life, she suffered from mental illness and alcoholism. After living in the public eye during the 1940s and 1950s, Lake lived a mostly private life since 1960 until she died in July 1973.
During Lake’s career, she inspired songs and World War II armies. Her legacy inspired fictional characters, books, and films: Jessica Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit, L.A. Confidential, Veronica Rogers from Archie Comics, and peek-a-boo styles sported by Britney Spears and Aaliyah in their music videos.