Please note: To celebrate its 20th anniversary online, a NEW & improved Louise Brooks Society website is being (re)built. The new site will feature more content and more new features! Material is added on an ongoing basis. Please check back soon.
Welcome to the LOUISE BROOKS SOCIETY, a web site dedicated to the life & times of the silent film star Louise Brooks (1906 – 1985). A Jazz Age icon, Brooks is best known for her bobbed hair as well as for her legendary role as Lulu in the 1929 film, Pandora’s Box.
Launched in 1995, the Louise Brooks Society is a community of individuals interested in this singular personality — silent film actress, Denishawn dancer, Ziegfeld Follies showgirl, acclaimed author, fashion icon, and 20th century muse. Our motto comes from novelist Salman Rushdie, “To understand just one life, you have to swallow the world.” This site contains portrait galleries, a digital archive of ephemera, and a biography as well as historical information, commentary, trivia, links, and contributions from individuals from around the world. The filmography found here is the most comprehensive ever compiled on the actress. The collection of vintage articles and reviews would fill a book. The annotated bibliographies run hundreds of pages.
There is a lot to discover. For example, did you know that Louise Brooks was just a teenager when she joined the Denishawn Dance Company, then the leading modern dance troupe in America? And that as a member of Denishawn she danced alongside Martha Graham? Or that Brooks was just 18 years old when she appeared in her first film, and only 22 when she played Lulu? And did you know that a long running comic strip, Dixie Dugan, and an infamous graphic novel, Valentina, were both based on the actress? Brooks led a truly remarkable life, and inspired many. Kansas, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Paris and Berlin all figure in her story, as do Charlie Chaplin and George Gershwin.
The goal of the society is to honor the actress by stimulating interest in her life and films. This website is just one of the things we do — along with putting on screenings, talks and exhibits. We also maintain an online radio station, keep a blog, write articles, and published a book (with more in the works). The LBS is a social and scholarly group, and this website is home to both an international fan club and online archive. Please consider joining us! At last count, the 1500 members of the LBS hail from 50 countries on six continents. From Australia to Zimbabwe, from Canada to Argentina, from the Canary Islands to the Czech Republic, LBS members comprise a truly world wide web of silent film fans and Louise Brooks enthusiasts. Get involved, or simply find out more by exploring this site. Anyone interested in Louise Brooks is welcome!
Director, Louise Brooks Society
Explore the life & times of Louise Brooks. Learn about her early years in Kansas, two seasons as a young dancer, time on Broadway, and later celebrity as the bestselling author of Lulu in Hollywood.
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Find out what’s new on the Louise Brooks Society website. Check here for the latest updates, including new pages, new pictures, new articles, new material, and lot’s more.
There is a lot going on this fall as the Louise Brooks Society celebrates 20 years on the internet! Watch this space for screenings, events, and more!
The “Louise Brooks edition” of The Diary of a Lost Girl, the novel that was the basis for the sensational 1929 film. See the movie — now read the book!
A Louise Brooks-inspired, silent film themed station streaming music of the 1920s, 1930s, and today!
A blog about an actress, silent film, and the Jazz Age; and occasionally early Hollywood, writer Frank Wedekind & his character Lulu, as well as books, music, art, dance, fashion, history and other topics sometimes only tangentially related to the heart of the matter, posted on a regular basis by Thomas Gladysz, Director of the Louise Brooks Society.
- Nominate Louise Brooks films for 2016 National Film RegistryPosted by email@example.com (Louise Brooks Society) on August 29, 2015 at 7:14 pm
It's that time, once more. The Library of Congress is now soliciting nominees for their 2016 National Film Registry list. Please take a moment to nominate one or both of these two American silent films, The Show-Off (1926) and Beggars of Life (1928). Each is a fine film, very American, and each star Louise Brooks.You can […]
- Louise Brooks, one of the most popular of the younger Paramount playersPosted by firstname.lastname@example.org (Louise Brooks Society) on August 28, 2015 at 8:11 pm
Louise Brooks, one of the most popular of the younger Paramount players. Clipping from 1927. […]
- Louise Brooks and F. Scott Fitzgerald - a connectionPosted by email@example.com (Louise Brooks Society) on August 27, 2015 at 7:02 pm
I recently came across a review of an intriguing book, The Perfect Hour: The Romance of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ginevra King, His First Love, by James L.W. West III. The book was published by Random House in 2005. The review, by Fitzgerald scholar/biographer Scott Donaldson, reveals what The Perfect Hour only hinted at […]