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"Veronica Lake's Hair: It Is a Cinema Property of World Influence": An entry from Gale's American Decades: Primary Sources [HTML] [Digital]

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It was in a minor role in an Eddie Cantor film that an actress called Constance Keane (born Constance Frances Marie Ockleman) introduced what many consider the hairstyle of the twentieth century. When her hair fell over one eye while she was playing a bit part in Forty Little Mothers (1940), director Busby Berkeley, a connoisseur of over-the-top style, recognized a new one. He advised the makeup man, "Let it fall. It distinguishes her from the others." The hair didn't make Keane a star, however, until producer Arthur Hornblow Jr....

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