Lulu in Hollywood
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 autobiograp...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 silent films in 19...more
From the rigors of Bible Belt Kansas where she read the classics, and was seem...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
This was interesting though about her young years, and a lot of that part paralleled The Chaperone. Later she talks about others in Hollywood who she knew such as, Humphrey Bogart, Lillian Gish, Greta Garbo and W C Fields.
It's impossible not to draw parallels between the star system that produced Brooks (and that she ultimately rejected) and what comes by today; as such...more
And Louise is highly witty and quite enjoyable to read!
The book is autobiography that is more a collection of short-stories. Brown unravels details about her past but also on people she knew personally; in their early years. She dishes on Marion Davis and her niece, chats about Humphrey Bogart, Lillian Gish and Greta G...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