Louise Brooks

Actor, Author, Critic
With exotic good looks and a bobbed hairstyle she originated, actress Louise Brooks made a number of films during the silent era and the advent of sound, only to drop off the public radar after adamantly refusing to bow ... Read more »
Born: 11/14/1906 in Cherryvale, Kansas, USA

Filmography

Actor (16)

Overland Stage Raiders 1937 (Movie)

(Actor)

Das Tagebuch einer Verlorenen 1928 (Movie)

(Actor)

Pandora's Box 1927 (Movie)

Lulu (Actor)

A Girl in Every Port (Movie)

Mademoiselle Godiva (Actor)

A Social Celebrity (Movie)

Kitty Laverne (Actor)

Beggars of Life (Movie)

Nancy (Actor)

Empty Saddles (Movie)

Boots Boone (Actor)

It Pays to Advertise (Movie)

Thelma Temple (Actor)

It's the Old Army Game (Movie)

Mildred Marshall (Actor)

King of Gamblers (Movie)

Joyce Beaton (Actor)

Love 'em and Leave 'em (Movie)

Janie Walsh (Actor)

Rolled Stockings (Movie)

Carol Fleming (Actor)

The American Venus (Movie)

Miss Bayport (Actor)

The Canary Murder Case (Movie)

Margaret O'Dell (Actor)

The City Gone Wild (Movie)

Snuggles Joy (Actor)

The Show-Off (Movie)

Clara Fisher (Actor)

Biography

With exotic good looks and a bobbed hairstyle she originated, actress Louise Brooks made a number of films during the silent era and the advent of sound, only to drop off the public radar after adamantly refusing to bow down to studio pressures. Brooks started her showbiz career as a dancer for Denishawn and the Ziegfeld Follies, the latter of which led to a brief romance with silent star Charlie Chaplin, before making her film debut in 1925. She graduated to leading roles with "It's the Old Army Game" (1926), "A Girl in Every Port" (1927) and "Beggars Life" (1928), but was unable to achieve stardom. After leaving Hollywood in 1928, Brooks settled in Germany where she made her three best pictures, "Pandora's Box" (1929), "Diary of a Lost Girl" (1929), and "Prix de Beauté" (1930). The first introduced audiences to her most iconic character, Lulu, a wantonly sexual woman who brings about destruction to herself and those who love her. "Pandora's Box" garnered Brooks international stardom that ultimately proved short-lived. She returned to Hollywood in 1931 and landed several movies, but again struggled. Brooks made her last movie, "Overland Stage Raiders" (1938), before going back East, where her decadent lifestyle almost led to suicide. With the help of film curator James Card, Brooks found a second life as a writer and eventually published a number of witty essays, culminating in her memoirs Lulu in Hollywood (1982) and a rediscovery of her importance to the silent era of cinema.

Relationships

Leonard Brooks

Father

Myra Brooks

Mother

Martin Brooks

Brother

Theodore Brooks

Brother

June Brooks

Sister

James Card

Companion
died in 2000

Charlie Chaplin Actor

Companion
had relationship in summer 1925

William Collier

Companion

Deering Davis

Husband
married in 1933 formed dance team of Brooks & Davis divorced was a Chicago socialite

William S Paley Actor

Companion

Edward Sutherland Director

Husband

A Sutherland

Husband
married in July 1926 divorced in 1928

Milestones

1982

Published memoir "Lulu in Hollywood"

1938

Final feature, "Overland Stage Raiders", opposite a young John Wayne

1925

First film as actress

1922

Debut as professional dancer

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