Peekaboo: The Story of Veronica Lakeby Jeff Lenburg
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.
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 disastera controlling mother, three failed marriages, extramarital affairs, a secret abortion and downward spiral due to alcoholism and mental illnessending up broke, destitute and forgotten. Fully authorized, Peekaboo tells why.
- St. Martin's Press
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- 1st ed
Meet 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."
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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!
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.