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A Kinder, Simpler Time Dept.: Your Movie Columnist

February 13, 2010 | 12:00 pm

Feb. 13, 1951, Hedda Hopper 

Feb. 13, 1951: Edith Head, the Paramount designer, says: "I don't know why I'm so happy these days unless it's because I've found a waist smaller than Veronica Lake's." The 21 1/2-inch waist belongs to Jan Sterling, Hedda Hopper reports.

July 8, 1973, Veronica Lake

July 8, 1973: Veronica Lake dies of acute hepatitis at the age of 51.

July 8, 1973, Veronica Lake