splash  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!

Thomas Gladysz
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.


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.


Join a world-wide community of silent film fans. Sign-up for the mailing list. Follow us on social media. Help with an ongoing project. Or make a contribution to further the cause.


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!



An LBS publication: the illustrated “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!



Tune-in to RadioLulu, a Louise Brooks & silent film themed station streaming music of the 1920s, 1930s, and today.

Read about RadioLulu HERE,
or listen via

*  Winamp, iTunes

*  Windows Media Player

*  Real Player

*  QuickTime

LBS Blog

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.

  • Silent Women: New Books on Pioneers of the Cinema
    Posted by noreply@blogger.com (Louise Brooks Society) on May 30, 2016 at 7:00 am

    There are a handful of new books on the silent film era focusing on women. Each are worth a look. Follow the links for more information or to make a purchase.Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema (Aurora Metro Press)edited by Cheryl Robson Melody Bridges From the publisher: "It now emerges that more women were working at […]

  • When Louise Brooks almost signed with Pathe
    Posted by noreply@blogger.com (Louise Brooks Society) on May 29, 2016 at 10:00 am

    These two clippings tell a story I don't think has been previously reported --  of the time in 1929 when Louise Brooks almost signed a contract with the Pathe studio. (Are there any Pathe scholars out there with access to company records who might be able to track down a copy of this contract?)Who knows how her career […]

  • Louise Brooks first radio appearance, in 1926?
    Posted by noreply@blogger.com (Louise Brooks Society) on May 28, 2016 at 8:30 am

    In the 1940s, Louise Brooks worked in radio. That's known. Her film career had come to an end, and she found work writing copy for Walter Winchell's broadcasts, and as well as voice work appearing on a small handful of CBS radio soaps. The question arises, where these her earliest radio appearances?I am certain the answer […]

Contributing Members

The Louise Brooks Society gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the following individuals:

anonymous    Amanda Howard    Rolland Jaccard     Tim Moore    Barry Paris    Christine Pascoe

Find yourself listed here by becoming a contributing member of the LBS at the “film great” level or above.