Peekaboo: The Story of Veronica Lake

Peekaboo: The Story of Veronica Lake

by Jeff Lenburg

Hardcover(1st ed)

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Overview

One of Hollywood's sultriest sirens of the 1940s, Veronica Lake steamed up movie screens with her fragile beauty and exotic hairstyle. A heartthrob of millions during her heyday, she was the hottest ticket around starring in 27 motion pictures, including such film classics as This Gun for Hire with Alan Ladd and the Preston Sturges comedy, Sullivan's Travels. Offscreen Lake's life was a disaster—a controlling mother, three failed marriages, extramarital affairs, a secret abortion and downward spiral due to alcoholism and mental illness—ending up broke, destitute and forgotten. Fully authorized, Peekaboo tells why.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312599959
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 05/01/1983
Edition description: 1st ed
Pages: 288

About the Author

Jeff Lenburg is an award-winning celebrity biographer and entertainment historian. He is the author of more of 30 books, including critically-acclaimed biographies of Dustin Hoffman, Steve Martin, Dudley Moore, The Three Stooges, and others. His books have been reprinted in different foreign languages and nominated for several awards, including the American Library Association's "Best Non-Fiction Award" and the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association's Gold Medallion Award for "Best Autobiography/Biography."

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxi
1Years of Unrest3
2Hollywood or Bust14
3The Case of the Accidental Hairdo26
4Peekaboo37
5The Hairdo That Rocked the Nation54
6A Little Fluff Can Go a Long Way66
7Teaming With Alan Ladd92
8The Star Machine102
9Love and War114
10It's Too Late129
11Going It Alone137
12Life with Bandi146
13Starting Over158
14A Step Backward165
15Trouble in Paradise187
16The Falling Star200
17Life on Stage212
18Rediscovered222
19The Final Days232
Filmography243

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Peekaboo: The Story of Veronica Lake 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Kentfalls More than 1 year ago
PEEKABOO is mostly a retelling of Veronica's autobiography VERONICA. The additional material is mostly negative recollections from people who supposedly knew Veronica Lake, including her estranged mother. As I was reading PEEKABOO, it became painfully obvious that much of it's content is heavily borrowed from VERONICA. For example, a car accident recounted by Veronica Lake refers to her rescuers arriving at the scene in a car, while Jeff Lenburg places them in a "ramshackle truck." Veronica has the male rescuer (a farmer) asking her "What's the trouble?", while PEEKABOO offers the farmer's wife asking: "Where you aiming to go?" It appears to this reader that words and details of events are tweaked a tad here and there in a deliberate attempt to appear original. If you are unable to obtain a copy of Veronica Lake's autobiography, then I suppose that PEEKABOO will do, but to me, PEEKABOO is nothing more than bad deja vu!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This authorized and harrowing story is a remarkable and fascinating read. The author presents a compelling, fully fleshed look into the rise and fall of this sexy screen siren I could not put down.
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