Lulu in Hollywood
Introduction by Kenneth Tynan
The collected writings of this icon of the silent era, in a new, more complete edition.
Louise Brooks (1906-1985) is one of the most famous actresses 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. Eight autobiog...more
Louise Brooks ha ...more
From the rigors of Bible Belt Kansas where she read the classics, and was seem ...more
More than half-way through I realized that one of the characters, irrepressible Louise Brooks from Wichita, was a real person! A silent movie star. I became enthralled and had to know more. Images of her are breathtaking for su ...more
Louise Brooks has been called one of the brightest, and most intellectual actresses in Hollywood. And after reading her memoir, I think it's more accurate to refer to her as a writ ...more
And what a drag. Despite all the mythologizing about Brooks (whose acting I have greatly enjoyed), in the end, this is an acerbic memoir by someone who doesn't seem ever to have actually liked anyone and who was delusional enough to say -- in this very book -- that the people living closest to the old condition of slave ...more
Her sketch like pieces on various friends of the silent cinema era is touching, smart, witty, and extremely clear-headed. One is not going to find another unique portrait on artists like WC Fields. And Louise Brooks was an amazing personality. She sort of got up and left her career as a movie star. Fant ...more
Louise Brooks wrote without prevarication about pre-talky Hollywood. Less a memoir than it is a series of essays on those she knew, it reads neither like a sensationalistic tell-all nor a white-washed pining for the "good-old days." Brooks prides herself on her dedication to truth (in fact, it seems to be the only thing she was truly proud of) and she paints realistic portraits of the people who populated early Hollywood. Though she never pulls her p ...more
To us lesser mortals, she will always be The Girl With The Black Helmet because of her unique hair ...more
Louise is a master of words and descriptions. I enjoyed her stories about herself, Bogart, Gish, Garbo, WC Fields and the German director Pabst, who directed her in Pandora's Box.
I have to agree with other reviewer's that she did not include enough about her self, but my appetite is whetted.
Ironically, her inclusion of the period that she spent in New York at ...more
From excerpts from her childhood to her adult years and working and personal relationships with those around her this book has it all.
A lot shorter in length than Louise Brooks a biography by Barry Paris this is still a very interesting ...more
Louise Brooks was an intelligent, rebellious, outspoken woman who bucked the system in Hollywood and walked away at the height of her career. From childhood in Kansas to dancer with Denishawn company in NYC (modern dance vis-a-vis Martha Graham) and Ziegfeld Follies, to Hollywood actress in silen ...more