“Her iconic image has graced the covers of an ever increasing number of books — many of which, notably, are not about the actress or the movies, Hollywood, acting, etc.”
Learn more about Louise Brooks, and see how she continues to inspire:
by Louise Brooks; introduction by William Shawn
The collected writings of this icon of the silent era, renowned as much for her rebellion against the Hollywood system as for her performances in such influential films as Pandora’s Box and Diary of a Lost Girl.
Originally released in Germany as a motion picture in 1929
A pharmacist’s daughter seduced by her father’s assistant has a child and is banished to a repressive reform school. Escaping, she makes her way penniless to a brothel where she lives for the moment.
by Laura Moriarty
The friendship between an adolescent, pre-movie-star Louise Brooks, and the 36-year-old woman who chaperones her to New York City for a summer, in 1922, and how it changes both their lives.
by Mary Jo Bang
“A stunning, dreamlike sequence of poems.The actress is…referenced by her first name, as is the title of one of her best films, The Diary of a Lost Girl (1929). However, these poems are not about Brooks. They resist meaning. All is allusion.” – Huffington Post
In the Huffington Post Books section on June 6, 2012, Thomas Gladysz explains Brooks’ popularity:
“F. Scott Fitzgerald once said there were no second acts in American life. Brooks is an exception. Back in the 1920s, at the height of her fame, Brooks (1906-1985) was somewhat popular but never a top-ranked star. By the mid-1930s, when her career bottomed-out, she fell into an obscurity which lasted decades. Only since the 1970s has her celebrity reemerged and grown from small cult following to near mainstream recognition.
“Those that do not recognize her name almost certainly know her look. Brooks has become a kind of a 20th-century icon, shorthand and symbol for the Jazz Age, flappers, femme fatales, wild women, and the modern woman.
“Adding fuel to the fire of her fame is the fact that she played an archetypal and oh-so-seductive character, Lulu, in the film for which she is best remembered, Pandora’s Box (1929).”