Born: November 14, 1906 Cherryvale, Kansas, USA
Died: August 8, 1985 in Rochester, New York, USA
Tagebuch einer Verlorenen (1929) .... Thymiane
... aka Diary of a Lost Girl (USA)
Die Büchse der Pandora (1929) .... Lulu
... aka Pandora's Box (UK) (USA)
... aka Lulu
... aka The Box of Pandora (International: English title)
Beggars of Life (1928) .... The Girl (Nancy)
A Girl in Every Port (1928) .... Marie, Girl in France
The City Gone Wild (1927) .... Snuggles Joy
Now We're in the Air (1927) .... Griselle/Grisette
Rolled Stockings (1927) .... Carol Fleming
Evening Clothes (1927) .... Fox Trot
Just Another Blonde (1926) .... Diana O'Sullivan
... aka The Girl from Coney Island (USA: review title)
The Show Off (1926) .... Clara, Joe's Girl
It's the Old Army Game (1926) .... Mildred Marshall
... aka The Old Army Game (USA: review title)
A Social Celebrity (1926) .... Kitty Laverne
Love 'Em and Leave 'Em (1926) .... Janie Walsh
The American Venus (1926) .... Miss Bayport
The Street of Forgotten Men (1925) (uncredited) .... A moll
Mary Louise Brooks was born in Cherryvale, Kansas in 1906. Her father was a lawyer and her mother
was a talented pianist. According to Louise, when she was a child she was sexually abused by a
neighbor and that this trauma effected her most of her adult life.
Louise started her career as a dancer. She was a member of the Denishawn Modern Dance Company
for about two years. After being fired from the company by Ruth St. Denis, she became a chorus girl for
George White’s “Scandals” which led to Brooks becoming a Ziegfield Follies girl.
As many “Follies” girls did, Louise transitioned her career to Silent Film. Her first film appearance was
in The Street of Forgotten Men, made in 1925. (See SilentHollywood.com’s page for this film to see a
rare movie still of Louise in her first film role.) Soon Louise was starring in flapper films and comedies
with some of Silent Film’s best leading men. Her first notable role was playing a vamp in Howard
Hawks film A Girl in Every Port in 1928. And Beggars of Life (also in 1928) is considered to be her best
performance in American films.
When Paramount Pictures refused to give Louise a raise, she left Hollywood to make films for German
filmmaker G. W. Pabst. And it is these expressionist film by Pabst: Pandora’s Box (1929), A Diary of a
Lost Girl (1929) and Prix de Beauté (1930) that would solidify Louise Brooks a place in film history.
When Louise returned to America her career did not ascend as promised from her performances in
German films. A combination of self-destructive decisions and romantic distractions kept her from
making any real impression in sound films.
In the 1930’s Louise was briefly married to millionaire Deering Davis (her first marriage to Director
Eddie Sutherland last about the same length). Her final film performance was in John Wayne’s film
Overland Stage Raiders in 1928. Subsequently, she held various jobs including a sales girl for Saks Fifth
Avenue in New York City.
Later in life she penned a memoir entitled “Lulu in Hollywood,” 1982 and on occasion she spent time
with film historians John Kobal and Kevin Brownlow. In 1985, the girl forever known for her dark
bobbed hair, died from a heart attack and was buried in Rochester, New York.
Written by Kay Shackleton
~As all Louise Brooks' fans know, Louise Starred in the film Diary of a Lost
Girl, in 1929. This film was based on the novel (written as a diary) by
Margarete Bohme. Last summer Thomas Gladysz brought this amazing book
back to print with an amazing forward written by Thomas.
Thomas, a friend to SilentHollywood.com, has written an amazing forward the
chronicles the history of Margarete Bohme's book and evolution of the book to
becoming a film starring Louise Brooks. If you haven't read Thomas' book - it is
a must for any Silent Film Fan. The DVD for Louise Brook's film is also available
for purchase. To connect with Amazon.com for either the book or film - just
click what you prefer: BOOK FILM