Please note, we’re under construction: To celebrate its 20th anniversary, a NEW Louise Brooks Society website is being built. The new site will feature much more content and many new features! Material is added on an ongoing basis. Please check back.

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splash  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 well known for her bobbed hair as well as for her role as Lulu in the 1929 film, Pandora’s Box. The Louise Brooks Society is a community of individuals interested in this legendary personality — silent film actress, Denishawn dancer, Ziegfeld Follies showgirl, acclaimed author, fashion icon, and 20th century muse.

Launched in 1995, the LBS website is maintained for the enjoyment of its visitors. These 300+ pages contain rare material and include a biography, portrait galleries, a digital archive of vintage articles and ephemera, historical information, commentary, links, and contributions from individuals from around the world. The filmography is the most comprehensive ever complied on the actress. The annotated bibliographies run hundreds of pages. Our motto comes from novelist Salman Rushdie, “To understand just one life, you have to swallow the world.”

There is a lot to discover. For example, did you know that Louise Brooks was just a teenager when she joined the Denishawn Dance Company, then the leading modern dance troupe in America? And that 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 a long running comic strip, Dixie Dugan, and long running graphic novel, Valentina, were both based on the actress? Brooks led a truly remarkable life. Kansas, New York, Hollywood, Chicago, Paris and Berlin all figure in her story, as do George Gershwin, Charlie Chaplin, William S. Paley, and Man Ray.

The goal of the society is to honor the actress by stimulating interest in her life and films. This website, along with screenings, exhibits, and events — is just one of the things we do. The LBS is a social and scholarly group, and this website is home to both an online archive and an international fan club. Please join 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 all that this site has to offer. Anyone interested in Louise Brooks is welcome!

Thomas Gladysz
Director, Louise Brooks Society

 

LEARN MORE

Explore the life & legacy of Louise Brooks. Learn more about her early life in Kansas,  her two years as a young dancer, time on the stage, 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 and announcements, including new pictures, new webpages, new material, and lot’s more.

STAY CONNECTED

Join a world-wide community of silent film fans. Sign-up for the mailing list. Follow on social media. Do a little local research. Help with an ongoing project. Or make a contribution to further the cause.

RadioLulu

A Louise Brooks-inspired, silent film themed station streaming music of the 1920s, 1930s, and today.


LBS Blog

A blog about an actress, silent film, and the Jazz Age; and occasionally the state of Kansas, 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, founding Director.

Contributing Members

The Louise Brooks Society gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the following individuals and institutions:

anonymous    Amanda Howard    Barry Paris    Christine Pascoe

Find yourself listed here by becoming a contributing member of the LBS at the “film great” level or above.

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