Constance Frances Marie Ockleman

Today’s post is dedicated to my friend and fellow BoFN contributor Fannie Cranium, who has given up television. (I know. I know. It’s been days since I heard the news, and I still don’t understand it). Anyway, in honour of Fannie’s new resolve to live life the old-fashioned way, we’re going vintage today, kittens.

Thanks to for the fabulous photo

Thanks to for the fabulous photo

That gorgeous head of hair belongs to Constance Frances Marie Ockleman, better known as 1940s stage and screen icon Ms. Veronica Lake. As always, click the picture for all of her details. Speaking as your resident pocket-sized blogger, however, I have to say that this particular little detail (ha!) is my favourite:

She became known for onscreen pairings with actor Alan Ladd. At first, the couple was teamed together merely out of physical necessity: Ladd was just 5 feet 5 inches tall and the only actress then on the Paramount lot short enough to pair with him was Lake, who stood just 4 feet 11 12 inches .


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42 Responses to Constance Frances Marie Ockleman

  1. wdydfae says:

    Splendid visual presentation there, Amb. But of course, what else do we expect from Amb?

    Bravo, Fannie! If I could follow your example and limit Internet use to email, essential tasks, and monthly BoFN posts, I think my life quality would go up on every index.

    • Liz says:

      guess what netflix DVD is arriving at chez moi today, diddy? Will give you a hint: The first of the two title words starts with K and ends with E and there are six letters in between. And then the second word starts with a G. Canyouguesscanyouguess? huhhuhhuh?

      • wdydfae says:

        I don’t get vicarious excitement that often. But this is one of those TIMES!!!!

        I gotta hear what you think of this movie. But it also bears rewatching.

        But you might think it’s too nutty.

        • Liz says:

          wow, an all-capped word and four exclamation points. Did you see that, amb? Will let you know, though may not get to watching right away as the subtitles mean I need to pay attention and it’s hard to find time to dedicate solely to watching movie/TV. This looks fun enough that I’ll make it priority, though. The only kind of movies I have a hard time with are those with extreme violence or are sad all the way through. Nutty is good!

    • amb says:

      Aww, thank you Diddz! You’re such a sweetheart 🙂

  2. Liz says:

    va va va voooooommmm–pretty lady. Who knew her name was not simply “Veronica Lake”? You did, that’s who and now we do, too! Wonder if Alan Ladd had an equally complicated REAL name?

    Deep sixing the tv, Fannie? You’re like amb’s polar opposite 😉 But kudos to you for following through on a plan. Curious about the why. You don’t seem the sort to get overly sucked in. Can you still watch classic movies on DVD/streaming, etc?

    • Liz says:

      per imbd: “Birth Name, Alan Walbridge Ladd; Nickname, Laddie; Height 5′ 6¼”” Wha’? Who’s right on the height?

      • amb says:

        Aww, poor Alan. Let’s say IMDB is right and give him the extra one and a quarter inches. Every little bit helps! I would know – I myself am a whole entire half inch taller than Ms. Ockleman. Half an inch! 😉

        • Liz says:

          I only have 3 1/2 inches on you, amb. No giant myself. But it works to be short for the ladies. We’re “petite.”

          • amb says:

            We are indeed! See also “dainty” and “feminine” and “have lots of unused kitchen shelf space”.

          • Dave says:

            For some reason I can’t hit “Reply” to Amb’s comment below, but I like how many quotation marks were used in that one 🙂

        • Liz says:

          Gotta say I haven’t heard the one about unused kitchen shelf space–lol. I’m sure it’s a euphemism and I’m tripping up embarrassingly well, but what does kitchen shelf space have to do with anything here? Why are we taking it to the kitchen? Feminine is lovely, but pshaw on the dainty. Dainty folk don’t have marshmallow and literary throw-downs now, do they?

    • amb says:

      Wasn’t she, though? I just love that old school glamour look – so pretty!

      Teehee. Yup, I did! Although I can’t take credit for the discovery. Dave posted it on my facebook wall ages ago and I’ve been waiting to use it. When I heard about Fannie’s viewing habits I knew it was the perfect time!

      I hope you can still get your classic movies too Fannie – what will happen to Dish Night?!?

      • I’ll never give up Dish Night!!!!! The romance, the laughter, the really great costumes. And Veronica Lake in “I Married a Witch” was one of those films. And how can you not love the creative ways they came up with to create special effects. 😀

    • Liz you’re right, I’m not really the type to get overly suck into television, although I do love a good movie and will not give them up.

      As to why, my father recently moved out of our home into a skilled nursing facility because he is now beyond my ability to care for him. Because he was somewhat hard of hearing, he kept the TV volume up all the time. I have developed an appreciation of classic westerns over the last few years, but my husband and I needed a break from the noise. But the quiet is deafening. 🙂

      Since Amb give such great reviews of shows we may or may not have heard of, I plan on living vicariously through her viewing pleasures. Yay!

      • Liz says:

        And THEN you can eat gluten and sugar and such vicariously through me 🙂 You sure know how to pick your friends 😉

        So it sounds like the tv ban may not be permanent? Just an exercise in bringing balance back to your household? Am sorry for the progression of your father’s aging. Gotta be tough for you. Am glad he’s in (medically) skilled hands now. You are a devoted daughter for sure and he is lucky to have you.

      • Dave says:

        Yeah, living vicariously through Amb’s viewing pleasures is a great way of life. She does a good job of conveying the excitement!

  3. kerbey says:

    Whenever I have referenced Veronica Lake, it has always been for her Peekaboo hairstyle. I had no idea she was so bitty! Good gosh, she would have been great paired with Tom Cruise, or even the late Mickey Rooney (RIP). Your link told me that tripping over a cable resulted in the death of her baby. Yeesh. Terrible. BTW, in this pic, her shoulder is very reflective of light, not unlike Gwyneth (weird name) Paltrow’s legs when she goes on late night shoes. It’s like she was dipped in a vat of coconut oil.

    • amb says:

      I know! She was even more pocket-sized than me, although her personality on screen was GINORMOUS, which I love. She and Tom would have been great together!!

      I don’t know how they got the glossy shoulder look either. Gwyneth, I’m sure, uses some new-age-vegan-all-natural-yogi-mind-trick to cause herself to glow from the inside out, but I suspect you may be right about Veronica and the coconut oil. They would have had to do it old school at that photo shoot!

    • Dave says:

      Gwyneth is one of those weird names that we hardly notice because it’s so familiar now. But Gwyneth… what a name indeed!

    • Dave says:

      A Peekaboo hairstyle? I didn’t know that was a thing!

  4. Bonnie says:

    Love this post…it is short and sweet! 🙂

  5. ksbeth says:

    hah! that explains it!

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