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.
Exploring the 1927 Laurel Canyon Home of Louise Brooks (part 2), by Philip Vorwald
by email@example.com (Louise Brooks Society) on December 12, 2017 at 8:12 am
Today continues a four part / four day guest blog by Philip Vorwald. It is an exploration of the 1927 Laurel Canyon Home of Louise Brooks. Part three will follow tomorrow. […]
Exploring the 1927 Laurel Canyon Home of Louise Brooks (part 1), by Philip Vorwald
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Louise Brooks Society) on December 11, 2017 at 3:24 pm
Today begins a four part / four day guest blog by Philip Vorwald. It is an exploration of the 1927 Laurel Canyon Home of Louise Brooks. Part two will follow tomorrow. […]
Pola Negri: Her films were silent. She wasn’t.
by email@example.com (Louise Brooks Society) on December 10, 2017 at 8:10 am
For me, my revelatory, door-opening, light switch-on, “you’ve got to check this out” Pola Negri moment came in 2016 when I saw the actress in A Woman of the World, a 1925 comedy screened at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.Of course, I had known of Negri beforehand. I had seen countless images of […]