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Veronica Lake: Battles with Health Issues and a Difficult Reputation

Veronica Lake

Veronica Lake initially began acting to battle her early health issues, eventually gaining 38 movie and TV credits.

The Early Years

Veronica Lake was an American film, stage, and television actress, born 14th November 1922 in Brooklyn, New York City. She was the daughter of Constance Charlotta Trimble, and Harry Eugenu Ockelman, who worked for a oil company as a ship employee. Her farther was of half-German and half-Irish descent, and her mother was of Irish ancestry. Veronica’s parents moved to Florida when she was almost one year old. By the time she was five, the family moved back to Brooklyn. Veronica was only twelve years old when her farther died in an explosion on an oil ship. Her mother married one year later to Anthony Keane, who became stepfather to Veronica, but she was diagnosed with tuberculosis. The family moved to Saranac Lake which was where Veronica held such fond memories, enjoying the outdoor life such as swimming, boating, and skating.

Two years later Veronica graduated from high school. She had been previously diagnosed as a classic schizophrenic and her parents saw acting as a form of treatment for her condition. Veronica had natural beauty and charm. This is what prompted her mother and stepfather to move to Beverly Hills, California, where she enrolled in the well-known Bliss Hayden school for Acting in Hollywood. Victoria showed remarkable ability, and did not have to wait long for movies to come her way, staring in such films as All Women Have Secrets, Every Other Inch a Lady, and Sullivan’s Travels.

A Complex Personality

Veronica Lake was married four times and had four children. Her┬ácareer began to decline in the late 1940’s, in part due to her alcoholism. Although popular with the public, she had a complex personality which acquired her the reputation for being difficult to work with. She began to drink more heavily, and a growing number of people refused to work with her. In later years, after her third divorce, Veronica drifted between cheap hotels in New York City, and was arrested several times for public drunkenness.

Veronica Lake was a beautiful actress who starred with Alan Ladd at least seven times. Her life was short, but she packed so much into it. Veronica died aged fifty on the 7th July 1973 in Burlington, Vermont, from a combination of acute hepatitis, cirrhosis of the liver, and acute kidney injury.

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Grace Kelly: The Movie Star Who Only Made 11 Films

Grace Kelly

One of the most iconic actresses of her generation and beyond, Grace Kelly had an enviable if surprisingly short film career.

Star of the Fifties

Grace Kelly was born on Nov 12th 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was the Fifties star, an American actress who became a princess after marrying Prince Rainier III in April 1956. Grace starred in films such as High Noon, Dial M for Murder, and To Catch a Thief. Grace was sent to the best schools, but surprised her parents by deciding to go into acting. She started in theatre, before going into TV and eventually film, making her film debut with High Noon in which she starred with Gary Cooper. MGM offered her a seven year contract. John Ford, the director, said that she showed breeding, quality and class.

She went on to perform in many more movies and although she only featured in 11 films during her entire career, she still became an icon, which she remains even today. Grace was the reason Alfred Hitchcock loved cool, reserved blondes, who were beautiful, remote and graceful. There has been much speculation over her love life, and prior to her marriage Grace was rumoured to have had romances with several of her leading men.

A Glamorous and Privileged Life

Grace Kelly didn’t come from rags to riches. Her life was one of glamour and privilege. Grace was born in an affluent, happy, and devout Catholic family in Philadelphia where she was the third of four children. Her parents, Margaret Katherine Kelly and John Brendan Jack Kelly, were both high-fliers. Her mother was the first woman to head the Physical Education Department at the University of Pennsylvania, and her father was an Olympic Gold winning sculler, who made his money through his construction company which became the largest enterprise on the east coast. Later, President Roosevelt appointed him director of physical fitness. Jack Kelly was a self-made millionaire and also a three-time Olympic winner. Grace had three children from her marriage to Prince Rainier III of Monaco: Princesses Caroline, Stephanie, and Prince Albert II.

Fatal Tragedy

The fatal car accident that claimed Grace Kelly’s life whilst she was driving her Rover was on Sept 13th 1982. Grace woke up her daughter Stephanie because she had tickets for a train to Paris. The chauffeur would have usually drove, but Grace insisted on driving. Piles of dresses and hat boxes were loaded onto the back seat. Grace set off with her daughter and lost control of the car. Stephanie survived but sadly beautiful Princess Grace did not.


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