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.
NEW & NOTEWORTHY
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 year as the Louise Brooks Society celebrates 20 years on the internet! Check the LBS Calendar of Events for news & announcements!
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.
- Ex-Sex Pistol John Lyndon of P.I.L. name checks Louise Brooks in new lyricPosted by firstname.lastname@example.org (Louise Brooks Society) on September 4, 2015 at 7:00 am
John Lyndon of Public Image Limited (P.i.L.) name checks Louise Brooks in the lyrics to his new song, "Betty Page."Lydon and the band released their 10th studio album on September 4th in the UK and September 11th in the USA. The new album, titled What The World Needs Now…, is the follow-up to This is PiL, from 2012. […]
- #TBT Wired magazine on the Louise Brooks SocietyPosted by email@example.com (Louise Brooks Society) on September 3, 2015 at 7:12 pm
#TBT : Journalist Steve Silberman's brilliant new book on autism, Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, is number 8 on the New York Times bestseller list; yesterday he was on "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross.Back in 1998, Silberman wrote an article, "Fan Site Sparks Biopic," about the Louise […]
- New UK stage play about Louise Brooks "American Venus"Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org (Louise Brooks Society) on September 2, 2015 at 4:18 pm
The Stage, an English theatrical publication, has an article about a new stage play about Louise Brooks which has just opened in the UK. The play is titled American Venus and it's by Leslie Mildiner, a Canadian playwright.The article starts this way: "One of the most luminous stars of the silent era, Louise Brooks has been […]