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.
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-line! Join the celebration. Check the LBS Calendar of Events for news & announcements!
Tune-in to RadioLulu, a Louise Brooks & silent film themed station streaming music of the 1920s, 1930s, and today.
A blog about an actress, silent film, and the Jazz Age, as well as Hollywood, history, dance, fashion, books, music, art, 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.
- Pandora's Box screens in Palo Alto September 23Posted by email@example.com (Louise Brooks Society) on September 22, 2016 at 1:00 pm
Pandora's Box (1929)Friday, September 23 at 7:30 pm at the Stanford Theater. Silent, with Dennis James at the organ. Taken from plays by Frank Wedekind, here is one of the greatest of silent films, and a seminal step in the history of the femme fatale. The Viennese director, G.W. Pabst, hired Louise Brooks away from […]
- Buster Keaton Festival in Iola, Kansas on Sept. 23 and 24Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org (Louise Brooks Society) on September 21, 2016 at 3:04 pm
Here is some information about the upcoming Buster Keaton Festival in Iola, Kansas. Visit the Buster Keaton Celebration website for further details.And here is a little something fans of Buster Keaton (the other great silent film star from Kansas) might enjoy, a two page spread from a 1927 Japanese film magazine. […]
- The original Lassie, a clever screen actressPosted by email@example.com (Louise Brooks Society) on September 20, 2016 at 5:58 am
The original Lassie (picture above) was a clever canine screen actress who appeared in The Street of Forgotten Men (1925), directed by Herbert Brenon. In the film, she is killed by Bridegport White-Eye (picture above), the fake blind beggar played by John Harrington, whose moll was played by Louise Brooks. According to the […]