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.
Beggars of Life screens in Toronto, Canada on July 23
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Louise Brooks Society) on July 21, 2017 at 2:47 am
Louise Brooks stars in the new digital restoration of Beggars of Life, screening at 1:30 pm on Sunday, July 23 in Toronto, Canada under the auspices of the Toronto International Film Festival. It is an event not to be missed. Beggars of Life is a riveting late silent directed by future multiple Oscar winner William A. […]
Louise Brooks on the air this Friday afternoon
by email@example.com (Louise Brooks Society) on July 20, 2017 at 2:50 am
Should all go according to plan THIS TIME, I will be guest DJ-ing on KDVS this Friday afternoon. KDVS is a free-form college radio station (out of Davis, California), and I will be spinning Louise Brooks and silent film related rock & pop and jazz from 1 - 2:30 pm PST. (I will be playing tunes heard on RadioLulu.) […]
Louise Brooks programing on the radio
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Louise Brooks Society) on July 15, 2017 at 3:11 am
UPDATE: My gig has been postponed. I will let everyone know when I have been rescheduled. Should all go according to plan, I will be guest DJing on radio station KDVS this Saturday afternoon. KDVS is a free-form college radio station (located in Davis, California at the University of California, Davis). I will be appearing […]