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The Inspiration Behind Jessica Rabbit, Vikki “The Back” Dougan.
I remember my father taking me to see “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” in the movie theater when it first came out. I was about 9 years old at the time and like many kids that age that saw the film, I was blown away by the odd and original way of mixing the adult themes of the real world with the animated cartoons I had known and loved.
As an adult I look back at that film and realize that there are some really dark undertones and parallels to real world issues. The fact that the toons worked in night clubs but were not allowed to fraternize is reminiscent of the cotton club in Harlem where some of the greatest black jazz players performed for a whites-only audience, Eddie’s alcoholism playing a prominent role in the plot and, of course, the sexed up Jessica Rabbit.
Vikki Dougan was the primary inspiration behind the Jessica Rabbit character, although some suggest she is an amalgam of Vikki and Veronica Lake. Vikki Dougan or “The Back” as she was nicknamed, was never really known for her movie roles but more for modeling and crashing Hollywood parties in her backless dresses. Vikki faded out of the limelight in 1959 and hasn’t been heard from since.
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