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 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 — actress, Denishawn dancer, 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 is the most comprehensive ever compiled on the actress. The collection of vintage articles and reviews would fill a book. The annotated bibliographies, if printed, would run hundreds of pages.
There is a lot to discover here. For example, did you know that Brooks was just a teenager when she joined the Denishawn Dance Company, then the leading modern dance troupe in America? And 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 the long running comic strip, Dixie Dugan, and the famous 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, George Gershwin, and Man Ray.
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 screenings, exhibits, and talks. The LBS also maintains an online radio station, keeps a blog, and has published articles and 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 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.
New from KINO, the DVD & Blu-ray reconstruction and restoration of The Diary of a Lost Girl, with audio commentary by LBS Director Thomas Gladysz. Order your copy today!
There is a lot going on in 2016 as the Louise Brooks Society celebrates 20 years on the internet! Join the celebration. Check the LBS Calendar of Events for news & announcements!
RadioLulu, a Louise Brooks-inspired, silent film themed station streaming music of the 1920s, 1930s, and today is taking a break. We hope to resume normal programming sometime soon! Read more HERE.
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.
- Music Video Tribute: Louise Brooks, "How high the Moon"Posted by email@example.com (Louise Brooks Society) on February 13, 2016 at 3:00 pm
Welcome to Music Video Tribute Week on the Louise Brooks Society blog. Here is the sixth installment, "Louise Brooks, How high the Moon," compiled by Iram De la Rochefoucault. Uploaded in 2011, "Algunos dibujos de Louise Brooks...Música: "How Hight the Moon" Les Paul & Mary Ford. Lou Lou en Cartoon!!" […]
- Music Video Tribute: "Louise Brooks, Turning Away" by Paul HumphreyPosted by firstname.lastname@example.org (Louise Brooks Society) on February 12, 2016 at 3:00 pm
Welcome to Music Video Tribute Week on the Louise Brooks Society blog. Here is the fifth installment, "Louise Brooks, Turning Away" by Paul Humphrey. This song dates from 1997, and was done on Video-8: videotaped in Boulder, CO and Nederland, CO, featuring clips from various Louise Brooks films. Camera, Editing, Guitar by […]
- Music Video Tribute: If U Seek Amy [Louise Brooks]Posted by email@example.com (Louise Brooks Society) on February 11, 2016 at 3:00 pm
Welcome to Music Video Tribute Week on the Louise Brooks Society blog. Here is the fourth installment, "A little tribute to the iconic Louise Brooks," titled "If U Seek Amy [Louise Brooks]". Girl power, rock on. […]