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.
An LBS publication: Beggars of Life: A Companion to the 1928 Film documents the riveting William Wellman directed film starring Louise Brooks, with 50+ illustrations. Authored by LBS director Thomas Gladysz. Order your copy today!
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, starring Louise Brooks, shows in Manila, Philippines September 3
by email@example.com (Louise Brooks Society) on August 21, 2017 at 2:23 am
Pandora's Box (1929) will be shown in Manila on September 3 at 5:30 pm as part of the 11th annual International Silent Film Festival Manila. The screening is co-sponsored by the Goethe-Institut Philippinen. Scoring the film is the Philippine band Sandwich, led by local rock icon Raymond Marasigan. More info follows. The […]
Louise Brooks Film Series in Helsinki, Finland
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Louise Brooks Society) on August 19, 2017 at 2:37 pm
Vintage dressmaker Irma Romero alerted the Louise Brooks Society to a Louise Brooks series at KAVI (the National Audiovisual Institute) in Helsinki, Finland.Romero, a Louise Brooks devote and a longtime member of the LBS, also sent this picture of the KAVI program which features Brooks.KAVI is set to show Beggars of Life […]
Early reviews of Beggars of Life, the book and DVD (starring Louise Brooks)
by email@example.com (Louise Brooks Society) on August 15, 2017 at 6:56 pm
Both the KINO Lorber DVD / Blu-ray of Beggars of Life, as well as my book, Beggars of Life: A Companion to the 1928 Film, are receiving good early reviews.Glenn Erickson of DVD Savant wrote that the new Beggars of Life DVD was "A happy discovery!" and "a major late-silent-era gem on the order of Von Sternberg’s Docks […]