n°55/ No Cheesecake for Veronica

February 2013


by Nathalie Azoulai


“I will have one of the cleanest obits of any actress. I never did cheesecake like Ann Sheridan or Betty Grable. I just used my hair.” Veronica Lake had her big breakthrough costarring Alan Ladd in This Gun for Hire and The Glass Key in 1942. Together they created the manipulating lovers duo, sharing languishing looks through cigarettes smoke, to whom the iconic couple Bogart/Bacall owes so much. But Veronica didn't last long and belongs to this flying stars Hollywood made up so often. All blond hair, with this very erotic wavy hairstyle that can both cover/uncover her very 30s eye-browed face but somehow, she's not there. She doesn't live here anymore. She never did. "You might get my hair but you'll never get me." And this aloofness is what makes her so modern because it reminds us of those remote attitudes current top models have. Let's say it in a veni vidi vici way,Veronica Lake used her hair, drank and quit.

 Veronica Lake