Welcome to the LOUISE BROOKS SOCIETY, a web site dedicated to the life & times of the silent film actress Louise Brooks (1906 – 1985). A Jazz Age icon & famed beauty, Brooks is best known for her bobbed hair as well as for her legendary role as Lulu in the 1929 film, Pandora’s Box. [Brooks is also a central character in the forthcoming film from PBS Masterpiece, The Chaperone, starring Elizabeth McGovern as the title character and Haley Lu Richardson as the teenage Brooks.]
Launched in 1995, the Louise Brooks Society is a community of individuals interested in this multifaceted personality who was also a Denishawn dancer, Ziegfeld Follies showgirl, fashion icon, 20th century muse, and bestselling author of Lulu in Hollywood. The filmography found here is the most detailed ever compiled on the actress. The are also vintage articles and reviews, portrait galleries, an archive of ephemera, bibliographies, and historical information, as well as trivia, links, and contributions from individuals from around the world. There is much to discover.
The goal of the society is to honor the actress by stimulating interest in her life and films. This pioneering website is just one of the things we do; along with the occasional screening, exhibit, or talk, the LBS also keeps a long-running blog, has published three books (with more in the works), and runs it’s own online radio station, RadioLulu. 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! 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.
Director, Louise Brooks Society
Authored by LBS director Thomas Gladysz, Beggars of Life: A Companion to the 1928 Film documents the William Wellman-directed movie starring Louise Brooks, with 50+ illustrations & a foreword by William Wellman, Jr. Order a copy today!
Beggars of Life is Brooks’ best American film. Once little seen, it has now been restored and released on DVD / Blu-ray by Kino Lorber. This widely acclaimed new release features an audio commentary by LBS director Thomas Gladysz. Order a copy today!
RadioLulu streams Louise Brooks & silent film themed music of the 1920s, 1930s, and today. Listen with the player below.
Louise Brooks Society Blog
A long running blog about the actress, silent film, and the Jazz Age, as well as dance, fashion, books, music, art, Hollywood and other topics related to the one-and-only “Lulu”. Written on a regular basis by Thomas Gladysz, Director of the LBS, and occasional guest contributors. The three most recent posts are featured below.
Louise Brooks' film Beggars of Life shows on Long Island TOMORROW
by email@example.com (Louise Brooks Society) on January 23, 2018 at 9:23 am
The riveting 1928 silent film, Beggars of Life, starring Louise Brooks, will be shown at the Cinema Arts Centre on Wednesday, January 24th at 7:30 pm. Part of the "Anything But Silent" series, this Long Island screening will feature live musical accompaniment by the one-and-only Ben Model. More information about this event […]
Sleeping with Louise / Lulu / Valentina
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Louise Brooks Society) on January 22, 2018 at 5:00 am
As devotees of Louise Brooks may know, the Italian cartoonist / illustrator / graphic novelist Guido Crepax (1933 - 2003) had a thing for Louise Brooks. In fact, his most famous creation, Valentina, was inspired by the actress, with whom Crepax corresponded. Valentina first appeared in 1968, and there followed a long […]
Louise Brooks' film Beggars of Life screens in Tromsø, Norway TODAY!
by email@example.com (Louise Brooks Society) on January 20, 2018 at 8:00 am
Beggars of Life will be shown in Tromsø, Norway later today. This event, sponsored by the Tromsø International Film Festival, is part of the festival's "Special Screenings" series. More information about this event with LIVE music by the Dodge Brothers & Neil Brand can be found HERE. Nancy (Louise […]