splash  Louise Brooks was born on Wednesday, November 14, 1906 and died on Thursday, August 8, 1985. She was 78 years old. All together, Brooks’ life ran over the course of 28,758 days. She accomplished a great deal in her lifetime, appearing in 24 films, writing a book, appearing on radio, and performing hundreds of times on stage as a dancer. She even taught dancing, and worked as a professional ballroom dancer. Relatively speaking, however, little is known about what Brooks was doing on any given day. From the mass of material the Louise Brooks Society has gathered, Brooks’ activities can be traced on nearly a thousand days throughout her lifetime. Best documented is the 18 year period – running from 1922 through 1940, a period of 6939 days – when Brooks worked as a dancer and actress and many of her activities were a matter of public record.

This chronology attempts a day-by-day account of Brooks’ life. It contains entries both significant and mundane. It is based on multiple sources including dates and events found in the Barry Paris biography, as well as those recorded by Brooks in her notebooks (which she kept from the mid-1950s through her death); other dates were gathered from various magazines and newspapers (especially those located where Brooks was resident), along with other disparate sources, such as books, census records, and passenger manifests.

This timeline serves as a partial record of Brooks’ life both in and out of the public spotlight, including her comings-and-goings and activities as a dancer, actress and writer. Dates given are exact. Dates given in italics are approximate within a few days. Denishawn performances are understood to be evening events, unless otherwise noted.

Aligned left are those happenings and events with which Brooks was directly involved, or which she would most likely have known.

Aligned right are happenings and events in which Brooks did not participate, but in some way significantly impacted her life, career, or reputation.

Please note: this page, the product of considerable research, is © Thomas Gladysz / Louise Brooks Society. It is a work in progress, with confirmed dates added on an ongoing basis.

Nov. 14, 1906
Born Mary Louise Brooks in the town of Cherryvale, Kansas to Leonard and Myra Brooks. A small article announcing the birth appears on the front page of the local newspapers, the Cherryvale Republican and Cherryvale Daily News.

July 3, 1907
Brooks family returns to Cherryvale after an extended visit to Burden, where they visited family.

Aug. 12, 1907
L.P. Brooks purchases a new home in Cherryvale.

Aug. 31, 1907
Brooks’ family moves into their new home at 320 West Main Street.

Sept. 2, 1907
L.P. Brooks moves into new law offices above the Cherryvale People’s Bank.

Aug. 18, 1908
Brooks family returns to Cherryvale after a few days visit in Humboldt, Kansas.

Sept. 11-25, 1908
Brooks family goes to Burden to visit family.

Dec. 26-29, 1908
Brooks family spends a few days in Burden visiting family.

Sept. 2, 1910
Performs in “Tom Thumb Wedding” at the Cherryvale Christian church. Admission is 15 and 25 cents. The following day, a newspaper article states there was “good attendance,” and that the “program pleased the audience, and netted the sum of $300 for the church.”

Aug. 27, 1912
Along with brother Martin, attends birthday party of a child in Independence, Kansas.

March 22, 1913
Along with brother Martin, attends birthday party of a neighborhood child celebrating his fourth birthday.

April 28, 1913
Attends birthday party of a neighborhood child celebrating her seventh birthday.

July 8, 1913
Martin and Louise accompany their grandfather to Cambridge, Kansas to spend the week.

Feb. 25, 1914
Helps serve refreshments at party of a neighbor, who entertained the Good Fellowship class of the M.E. church.

July 22, 1914
Martin, Louise and Theodore attend birthday party of a neighborhood child celebrating his second birthday.

Aug. 22, 1914
Sister June is born in Cherryvale.

Jan. 12, 1915
Mourns the loss of a pair of goldfish.

Aug. 6, 1915
As one of Bertha Nusbaum’s piano students, performs “Little Fairy Waltz Op. 105, No. 1” by Ludovic Streabbog at the home of a neighbor.

Nov. 25-26, 1915
Spends the Thanksgiving holiday with brother Martin at the home of their grandmother in Winfield, Kansas.

April 30, 1916
Attends birthday party of a neighborhood child celebrating her tenth birthday; also in attendance is the future Vivian Vance, visiting from Independence.

June 2, 1916
As a pupil of Miss Minerva Warner’s sewing class, is named secretary of its West side sewing club. (Myra Brooks is named secretary of its East side sewing club.)

July 14, 1916
With Martin, attends birthday party of a neighborhood child celebrating her sixth birthday. According to the local paper, “The party took their suppers and spent the evening on the creek.”

Aug. 24, 1916
Spends the week visiting a friend in Humboldt, Kansas.