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Louise Brooks

Actress + Dancer
Female
Born Nov 14, 1906
Hometown Cherryvale, Kansas
Died Aug 8, 1985
Death Place Rochester, New York
Nationality American
Other Names Brooks, Louise Mary

Mary Louise Brooks, generally known by her stage name Louise Brooks, was an American dancer and actress, noted for popularizing the bobbed haircut. Brooks is best known as the lead in three feature films made in Europe, including two G. W. Pabst films: Pandora's Box (1929), Diary of a Lost Girl (1929), and Prix de Beauté (Miss Europe, 1930). She starred in seventeen silent films and eight sound films before retiring in 1935.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1906 Birth Born on November 14, 1906.

TEENAGE

1922 15 Years Old Brooks began her entertainment career as a dancer, joining the Denishawn modern dance company in Los Angeles (whose members included founders Ruth St. Denis, and Ted Shawn, as well as a young Martha Graham) in 1922. … Read More
1924 17 Years Old A long-simmering personal conflict between Brooks and St. Denis boiled over one day, however, and St. Denis abruptly fired Brooks from the troupe in 1924, telling her in front of the other members that "I am dismissing you from the company because you want life handed to you on a silver salver". … Read More
Thanks to her friend Barbara Bennett (sister of Constance and Joan), Brooks almost immediately found employment as a chorus girl in George White's Scandals, followed by an appearance as a featured dancer in the 1925 edition of the Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway.
1926 19 Years Old 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".

TWENTIES

1928 21 Years Old 1 More Event
She was noticed in Europe for her pivotal vamp role in the Howard Hawks directed silent "buddy film", A Girl in Every Port in 1928. … Read More
1929 22 Years Old Once in Germany, she starred in the 1929 film Pandora's Box, directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst in his New Objectivity period. … Read More
1931 24 Years Old When she returned to Hollywood in 1931, she was cast in two mainstream films: God's Gift to Women (1931) and It Pays to Advertise (1931). … Read More
1932 25 Years Old Brooks declared bankruptcy in 1932 and began dancing in nightclubs to earn a living.
1933 26 Years Old 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. … Read More
1936 29 Years Old She attempted a comeback in 1936, and did a bit part in the Western Empty Saddles, which led Columbia to offer her a screen test, contingent on appearing in the 1937 musical When You're in Love, uncredited, as a specialty ballerina in the chorus. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

…  Brooks published her memoir, Lulu in Hollywood, in 1982; three years later she died of a heart attack at the age of 78. … Read More
1985 78 Years Old 1 More Event
On August 8, 1985, Brooks was found dead of a heart attack after suffering from arthritis and emphysema for many years. … Read More
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