Louise Brooks

(1906-1985) – Actress

Born in Kansas, USA, Mary Louise Brooks was an American film actress and dancer during the 1920s and 1930s, regarded as an icon of the Jazz Age and flapper culture, in part due to the bob hairstyle that she helped to popularize during the prime of her career. At the age of fifteen, Brooks began her career as a dancer. As a dancer in the Ziegfeld Follies in New York, she came to the attention of Paramount Pictures producer Walter Wanger, and was signed to a five-year contract with the studio. She appeared in supporting roles in various Paramount films before taking the heroine’s role in Beggars of Life (1928). Brooks went to Germany in 1929 and starred in three feature films which launched her to international stardom: Pandora’s Box (1929), Diary of a Lost Girl (1929), and Miss Europe (1930). By 1938, she had starred in seventeen silent films and eight sound films. After retiring from acting, she fell upon financial hardship and struggled with alcoholism. Following the rediscovery of her films by cinephiles in the 1950s, Brooks began writing articles about her film career; her insightful essays drew considerable acclaim. She published her memoir, Lulu in Hollywood, in 1982.

A beautiful woman from the silent movie era. I copied her iconic look in my teens and loved her elegance and style. 

Lucy Davies

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