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.
New Book: The W.C. Fields Films by James Neibaur
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Louise Brooks Society) on March 24, 2017 at 6:51 pm
Coming soon from film historian James Neibaur, The W.C. Fields Films (Mcfarland & Co).I, for one, am looking forward to this new book, which I expect will include information on the 1926 film, It's the Old Army Game, which starred W.C. Fields and Louise Brooks. From the publisher: "W.C. Fields was one of the top […]
If you could find one of Louise Brooks' lost films, which would it be?
by email@example.com (Louise Brooks Society) on March 22, 2017 at 3:30 pm
It is a well known and regrettable fact that the majority of films made during the silent era are lost. The percentage of lost films has been estimated to be as high as 75% or 80%.That percentage, which is shockingly high, does not apply to the films of Louise Brooks -- at least not by much.The actress appeared in only 14 […]
W.C. Fields brief appearance in Love Em and Leave Em
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Louise Brooks Society) on March 20, 2017 at 7:13 pm
I came across this still from the 1926 Louise Brooks film Love Em and Leave Em for sale on eBay. And in doing so, I spotted something I have never noticed before, the portrait of comedian W.C. Fields pinned to the wall of the bedroom belonging to the two sisters, played by Louise Brooks and Evelyn Brent. Of the three […]