Actresses Veronica Lake and Betty Hutton

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on July 4, 2004

Veronica Lake and Betty Hutton were favorites of mine many years ago. I would like to know what happened to them over the years.

—Don B., Michigan

The vivacious Betty Hutton—born Elizabeth June Thornburg in Battle Creek, Mich. (pop. 53,364)—is 83 and lives quietly in New England. Though archival footage of her 1943 performance in Happy Go Lucky appeared in Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors in 1989, her final film was 1957’s Spring Reunion, followed by the short-lived 1959 television series The Betty Hutton Show. Hutton started in musicals, but became famous as an actress after roles in movies such as 1950’s Annie Get Your Gun and 1952’s The Greatest Show on Earth. Veronica Lake (real name: Constance Frances Marie Ockleman) was as famous for her blonde “peekaboo” hairstyle—it partly covered one eye—as her dramatic prowess. The sultry, Brooklyn, N.Y.-born actress scored with The Blue Dahlia in 1946. Her last film was Flesh Feast in 1970. She died of hepatitis at 53 in 1973.