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Also Known As: Mary Louise Brooks Died: August 8, 1985
Born: November 14, 1906 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Cherryvale, Kansas, USA Profession: actor, critic, author, writer, salesgirl

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With exotic good looks and a bobbed hairstyle she originated, actress Louise Brooks made a number of films during the silent era and the advent of sound, only to drop off the public radar after adamantly refusing to bow down to studio pressures. Brooks started her showbiz career as a dancer for Denishawn and the Ziegfeld Follies, the latter of which led to a brief romance with silent star Charlie Chaplin, before making her film debut in 1925. She graduated to leading roles with "It's the Old Army Game" (1926), "A Girl in Every Port" (1927) and "Beggars Life" (1928), but was unable to achieve stardom. After leaving Hollywood in 1928, Brooks settled in Germany where she made her three best pictures, "Pandora's Box" (1929), "Diary of a Lost Girl" (1929), and "Prix de Beauté" (1930). The first introduced audiences to her most iconic character, Lulu, a wantonly sexual woman who brings about destruction to herself and those who love her. "Pandora's Box" garnered Brooks international stardom that ultimately proved short-lived. She returned to Hollywood in 1931 and landed several movies, but again struggled. Brooks made her last movie, "Overland Stage Raiders" (1938), before going back East, where her...

With exotic good looks and a bobbed hairstyle she originated, actress Louise Brooks made a number of films during the silent era and the advent of sound, only to drop off the public radar after adamantly refusing to bow down to studio pressures. Brooks started her showbiz career as a dancer for Denishawn and the Ziegfeld Follies, the latter of which led to a brief romance with silent star Charlie Chaplin, before making her film debut in 1925. She graduated to leading roles with "It's the Old Army Game" (1926), "A Girl in Every Port" (1927) and "Beggars Life" (1928), but was unable to achieve stardom. After leaving Hollywood in 1928, Brooks settled in Germany where she made her three best pictures, "Pandora's Box" (1929), "Diary of a Lost Girl" (1929), and "Prix de Beauté" (1930). The first introduced audiences to her most iconic character, Lulu, a wantonly sexual woman who brings about destruction to herself and those who love her. "Pandora's Box" garnered Brooks international stardom that ultimately proved short-lived. She returned to Hollywood in 1931 and landed several movies, but again struggled. Brooks made her last movie, "Overland Stage Raiders" (1938), before going back East, where her decadent lifestyle almost led to suicide. With the help of film curator James Card, Brooks found a second life as a writer and eventually published a number of witty essays, culminating in her memoirs Lulu in Hollywood (1982) and a rediscovery of her importance to the silent era of cinema.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Overland Stage Raiders (1938) Beth Hoyt, also known as Beth Vincent
2.
 Empty Saddles (1936) Boots Boone
3.
 It Pays to Advertise (1931) Thelma Temple
4.
 God's Gift to Women (1931) Florine
6.
 Prix de Beaute (1930)
7.
8.
 The Canary Murder Case (1929) Margaret O'Dell
9.
 Pandora's Box (1929) Lulu
10.
 A Girl in Every Port (1928) Marie, girl in France
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1922:
Debut as professional dancer
1925:
First film as actress
1938:
Final feature, "Overland Stage Raiders", opposite a young John Wayne
1982:
Published memoir "Lulu in Hollywood"
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companion:
William Collier Jr. Actor.
companion:
Charlie Chaplin. Actor, director. Had relationship in summer 1925.
husband:
A Edward Sutherland. Director. Married in July 1926; divorced in 1928.
companion:
William S Paley. Executive.
husband:
Deering Davis. Married in 1933; formed dance team of Brooks & Davis; divorced; was a Chicago socialite.
companion:
James Card. Film curator. Died in 2000.
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father:
Leonard Brooks.
mother:
Myra Brooks.
brother:
Theodore Brooks.
brother:
Martin Brooks.
sister:
June Brooks.
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