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Louise Brooks is a Actor American born on 14 november 1906 at Cherryvale (USA)

Louise Brooks

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Birth name Mary Louise Brooks
Nationality USA
Birth 14 november 1906 at Cherryvale (USA)
Death 8 august 1985 (at 78 years) at Rochester (USA)

Louise Brooks (November 14, 1906 – August 8, 1985), born Mary Louise Brooks, was an American dancer and film actress noted as a iconic symbol of the flapper, and for popularizing the bobbed haircut.

Brooks is best known as the lead in three feature films made in Europe: Pandora's Box (1929), Diary of a Lost Girl (1929), and Prix de Beauté (Miss Europe, 1930); the first two were made by G. W. Pabst. She starred in seventeen silent films and eight sound films before retiring in 1935. Brooks published her memoir, Lulu in Hollywood, in 1982; three years later she died of a heart attack at the age of 78.


Marriages and relationships

In the summer of 1926, Brooks married Eddie Sutherland, the director of the film she made with W. C. Fields, but by 1927 had fallen "terribly in love" with George Preston Marshall, owner of a chain of laundries and future owner of the Washington Redskins football team, following a chance meeting with him that she later referred to as "the most fateful encounter of my life". She divorced Sutherland, mainly due to her budding relationship with Marshall, in June 1928.

In 1933, she married Chicago millionaire Deering Davis, a son of Nathan Smith Davis, Jr., but abruptly left him in March 1934 after only five months of marriage, "without a good-bye... and leaving only a note of her intentions" behind her. According to Card, Davis was just "another elegant, well-heeled admirer", nothing more. The couple officially divorced in 1938.

Despite her two marriages, she never had children, referring to herself as "Barren Brooks". Her many lovers from years before had included a young William S. Paley, the founder of CBS. According to Louise Brooks: Looking For Lulu, Paley provided a small monthly stipend to Brooks for the rest of her life, and according to the documentary this stipend kept her from committing suicide at one point.
She also had an on-again, off-again relationship with George Preston Marshall throughout the 1920s and 1930s (which she described as "abusive"). He was the biggest reason she was able to secure a contract with Pabst. Marshall repeatedly asked her to marry him, but after finding that she had had many affairs while they were together, married film actress Corinne Griffith instead.

By her own admission, Brooks was a sexually liberated woman, not afraid to experiment, even posing fully nude for art photography, and her liaisons with many film people were legendary, although much of it is speculation.

Brooks enjoyed fostering speculation about her sexuality, cultivating friendships with lesbian and bisexual women including Pepi Lederer and Peggy Fears, but eschewing relationships. She admitted to some lesbian dalliances, including a one-night stand with Greta Garbo. She later described Garbo as masculine but a "charming and tender lover". Despite all this, she considered herself neither lesbian nor bisexual:

I had a lot of fun writing 'Marion Davies' Niece' [an article about Pepi Lederer], leaving the lesbian theme in question marks. All my life it has been fun for me. ... When I am dead, I believe that film writers will fasten on the story that I am a lesbian... I have done lots to make it believable [...] All my women friends have been lesbians. But that is one point upon which I agree positively with [Christopher] Isherwood: There is no such thing as bisexuality. Ordinary people, although they may accommodate themselves, for reasons of whoring or marriage, are one-sexed. Out of curiosity, I had two affairs with girls – they did nothing for me.

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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Louise Brooks (25 films)

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King of Gamblers, 1h18
Directed by Robert Florey, John E. Burch
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Claire Trevor, Lloyd Nolan, Akim Tamiroff, Buster Crabbe, Porter Hall, Harvey Stephens
Roles Joyce Beaton (scènes coupées)
Rating63% 3.1990453.1990453.1990453.1990453.199045
When You're in Love, 1h50
Directed by Robert Riskin, Harry Lachman
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Grace Moore, Cary Grant, Thomas Mitchell, Aline MacMahon, Luis Alberni, Henry Stephenson
Roles Ballerine (scènes supprimées)
Rating62% 3.1490053.1490053.1490053.1490053.149005
Louise Fuller, grande cantatrice australienne, voudrait se produire sur une grande scène américaine. Mais elle ne le peut à moins d'être mariée. Elle emploie dans ce but les services d'un charmant artiste dénommé Jimmy Hudson...
Empty Saddles, 1h7
Directed by Lesley Selander
Origin USA
Genres Western
Actors Buck Jones, Louise Brooks, Harvey Clark, Charles Middleton, Lloyd Ingraham, Frank Campeau
Roles Boots Boone
Rating61% 3.0728553.0728553.0728553.0728553.072855
This script must be run from the command line
God's Gift to Women, 1h12
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Théâtre, Musical films, Films based on plays
Actors Frank Fay, Laura La Plante, Alan Mowbray, Joan Blondell, Charles Winninger, Billy House
Roles Florine
Rating50% 2.5356152.5356152.5356152.5356152.535615
Wealthy French playboy Toto Duryea (Frank Fay) is irresistible to women, but is in love with none of them. According to Monsieur Rancour (Armand Kaliz), for Toto, "every woman is like a new dish to be tasted." When he is finally and instantly smitten with American Diane Churchill (Laura LaPlante), he has great difficulty proving to her and her father (Charles Winninger) that he truly loves her. Finally, he convinces her that he is sincere; Mr. Churchill insists that Toto give up his women and carousing and stay away from his daughter for six months to prove he has reformed. He also asks that Toto get examined by Churchill's doctor.
Windy Riley Goes Hollywood, 18minutes
Directed by Roscoe Arbuckle
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Louise Brooks, William B. Davidson, Dell Henderson, Wilbur Mack
Roles Betty Grey
Rating45% 2.295352.295352.295352.295352.29535
Nearing the end of a solo self-promotional cross-country road trip from New York to San Francisco, Windy Riley ends up in Hollywood by mistake due to an inadvertently turned-around sign. His car is repossessed, but the repo man gets into a car accident with a movie mogul. The repo man blames Windy, and as Windy has no money, the mogul puts him to work in his studio's publicity department.
It Pays to Advertise, 1h3
Directed by Frank Tuttle
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Norman Foster, Carole Lombard, Eugene Pallette, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher, Louise Brooks, Lucien Littlefield
Roles Thelma Temple
Rating57% 2.8919152.8919152.8919152.8919152.891915
Rodney Martin sets up a soap business to rival his father. With the help of an advertising expert and his secretary, Mary, he develops a successful marketing campaign. His father ends up buying the company from him, while Rodney and Mary fall in love.
Beauty Prize, 1h33
Directed by Augusto Genina
Origin France
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Louise Brooks, André Nicolle, Gaston Jacquet, Jean Bradin
Roles Lucienne
Rating69% 3.489373.489373.489373.489373.48937
Despite knowing of her jealous fiancé Andre's strong contempt for beauty contests, typist Lucienne "Lulu" Garnier (Louise Brooks) (along with many other hopefuls) mails two photographs of herself to enter the Miss France contest sponsored by the Globe newspaper. Upon further consideration, she tries to withdraw, but it is too late: she has already been chosen as a finalist. When she wins, she has to travel to Spain immediately to compete for the crown of Miss Europe without having an opportunity to break the news to Andre. When he finds out, he rushes to the train station too late.
Pandora's Box, 1h40
Directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Origin German
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, LGBT-related films, Films about prostitution, Films based on plays, Erotic thriller films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Louise Brooks, Francis Lederer, Alice Roberts, Carl Goetz, Fritz Kortner, Daisy D'ora
Roles Lulu
Rating78% 3.9473653.9473653.9473653.9473653.947365
Lulu (Louise Brooks) is the mistress of a respected, middle-aged newspaper publisher, Dr. Ludwig Schön (Fritz Kortner). One day, she is delighted when an old man, her "first patron," Schigolch (Carl Goetz), shows up at the door to her apartment. However, when Schön also arrives, she has Schigolch hide on the terrace. Schön breaks the news to Lulu that he is going to marry Charlotte von Zarnikow (Daisy D'ora), the daughter of the Minister of the Interior. Lulu tries to get him to change his mind, but when he discovers the disreputable-looking Schigolch, he leaves. Schigolch introduces Lulu to Rodrigo Quast (Krafft-Raschig), who wants her to join his new trapeze act.
The Canary Murder Case, 1h22
Directed by Malcolm St. Clair, Frank Tuttle
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors William Powell, Louise Brooks, Jean Arthur, James Hall, Charles Lane, Charles Lane
Roles The Canary
Rating61% 3.0993153.0993153.0993153.0993153.099315
Charles Spotswoode's son Jimmy became involved with "the Canary", a conniving star showgirl. Fortunately, Jimmy has regained his senses and reconciled with Alyce LaFosse. However, the Canary is determined to force Jimmy to marry her so she can join the social elite, threatening to reveal that Jimmy was embezzling from his father. She turns down the elder Spotswoode's offer of money to leave Jimmy alone. She also telephones two men she has been blackmailing, Cleaver and Mannix, and demands one final generous gift from each of them by the next day. She also informs "creepy" admirer Dr. Lindquist. Her ex-husband Tony Sheel eavesdrops and wants half, but she refuses to give him anything, even after he hits her. Cleaver, Mannix and Lindquist are all shown lurking about her apartment building late that night.
Diary of a Lost Girl
Directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Genres Drama
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Films about prostitution, Erotic thriller films
Actors Louise Brooks, Fritz Rasp, André Roanne, Josef Rovenský, Andrews Engelmann, Franziska Kinz
Roles Thymian
Rating79% 3.991693.991693.991693.991693.99169
Thymian Henning (Louise Brooks), the innocent, naive daughter of pharmacist Robert Henning (Josef Rovenský), is puzzled when their housekeeper, Elisabeth (Sybille Schmitz), leaves suddenly on the day of Thymian's confirmation. It turns out that her father got Elisabeth pregnant. Elisabeth's body is brought to the pharmacy later that day, an apparent suicide by drowning, upsetting Thymian.
A Girl in Every Port, 1h18
Directed by Howard Hawks
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Actors Victor McLaglen, Robert Armstrong, Louise Brooks, Sally Rand, Leila Hyams, Francis McDonald
Roles Marie, Girl in France
Rating67% 3.392753.392753.392753.392753.39275
Spike (McLaglen) travels the world as the mate of a schooner. He has a little address book full of sweethearts, but everywhere he goes, he finds that someone has been there before him, leaving behind with each girl a heart-shaped charm with an anchor inscribed on it. In Central America, he takes a dislike to another sailor, Salami (Armstrong), but before they can settle their differences, they brawl with the police and are thrown in jail. Then Spike notices that Salami has a ring shaped like a heart with an anchor inscribed. He has finally found his nemesis. When they are released, they look for a private place to fight, but accidentally fall into the water. Oddly, Spike cannot swim, so when Salami rescues him, they become the best of friends. Inseparable, they sail the seas on the same ships.
Beggars of Life, 1h40
Directed by William A. Wellman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Adventure
Themes Films about sexuality, Transport films, LGBT-related films, Transgender in film, Rail transport films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Cross-dressing in film
Actors Wallace Beery, Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen, Roscoe Karns, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, Frank Brownlee
Roles The Girl (Nancy)
Rating77% 3.882353.882353.882353.882353.88235
Jim, un clochard, pénètre dans une maison à la recherche de nourriture. Il découvre un homme mort, tué par Nancy, une jeune orpheline lasse de subir les avances de son tuteur. Ensemble, ils prennent la fuite ...