The Louise Brooks Society is celebrating its 20th anniversary! It was way back in 1995 when the LBS posted its first webpage! Please help spread the word about this pioneering website!!! Thank you for visiting.
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 2015 as the Louise Brooks Society celebrates 20 years on the internet! 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!
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.
- Lulu gets around: Louise Brooks in the Dutch East IndiesPosted by firstname.lastname@example.org (Louise Brooks Society) on November 24, 2015 at 4:10 pm
This rare clipping depicts Louise Brooks arrival in Berlin to begin work on Pandora's Box. What is amazing about this clip is that it comes from Bataviaasch Nieuwsblad, one of the leading and largest daily newspapers in the Dutch East Indies. It was based in Batavia (now Jakarta) on Java, but read throughout the […]
- Louise Brooks in Norway, part 2Posted by email@example.com (Louise Brooks Society) on November 23, 2015 at 10:00 am
This post originally appeared on Facebook. The clippings were found by Tor Lier, and he also authored the commentary and provided the translations. It is a great haul of previously undocumented material.«LOUISE BROOKS IN NORWAY»An article in A-Magasinet, the weekly magazine format supplement of Aftenposten. […]
- Louise Brooks in Norway, part 1Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org (Louise Brooks Society) on November 22, 2015 at 11:00 am
This post originally appeared on Facebook. The clippings were found by Tor Lier, and he also authored the commentary and provided the translations. It is a great haul of previously undocumented material.«LOUISE BROOKS IN NORWAY»In chronological order, some clippings from the archives of Aftenposten, the leading […]