spacer spacer spacer
Home     About Us     LovE-Store     Keys to Intimacy     Ideas for Love     Arts of Love     Contact
header graphic spacer
Intimate Getaways     Romantic Links    LoveSources     Affiliates     Newsletter     Relationship Articles

Arts of Love - Greatest Lovers

Louise Brooks * Mini Biography

Louise BrooksMary Louise Brooks (November 14, 1906 – August 8, 1985), generally known by her stage name Louise Brooks, was an American dancer, model, showgirl and silent film actress, famous for pioneering the bobbed haircut. Brooks is best known for her three feature roles including two G. W. Pabst films: in Pandora's Box (1929), Diary of a Lost Girl (1929), and Prix de Beauté (Miss Europe) (1930) . She starred in 17 silent films and, late in life, authored a memoir, Lulu in Hollywood.

Her distinctive bob haircut, which became eponymous, and is still recognised to this day, had helped start a trend, as many women in the Western world began to wear their hair as both she and fellow film star Colleen Moore did.

Brooks is considered one of the first naturalistic actors in film, her acting being subtle and nuanced compared to many other silent performers. The close-up was just coming into vogue with directors, and her almost hypnotically beautiful face was perfect for this new technique. Brooks had always been very self-directed, even difficult, and was notorious for her salty language, which she didn't hesitate to use whenever she felt like it. In addition, she had made a vow to herself never to smile on stage unless she felt compelled to, and although the majority of her publicity photos show her with a neutral expression, she had a dazzling smile. By her own admission, she 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.

In an interview with James Lipton on "Inside the Actors Studio," Liza Minnelli related her preparation for portraying Sally Bowles in the film "Cabaret": "I went to my father, and asked him, what can you tell me about thirties glamour? Should I be emulating Marlene Dietrich or something? And he said no, I should study everything I can about Louise Brooks."

In the summer of 1926, Brooks married Eddie Sutherland, the director of the film she made with 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, 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.

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 affair 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 reason of whoring or marriage, are one-sexed. Out of curiosity, I had two affairs with girls - they did nothing for me."[

Read more of Louise Brooks’s complete biography, courtesy of:

Who Dated Louise Brooks:

Quotes from Louise Brooks

Every actor has a natural animosity toward every other actor, present or absent, living or dead.

I have a gift for enraging people, but if I ever bore you it will be with a knife.

I never gave away anything without wishing I had kept it; nor kept it without wishing I had given it away.

In my dreams I am not crippled. In my dreams, I dance.

Most beautiful dumb girls think they are smart and get away with it, because other people, on the whole, aren't much smarter.

The great art of films does not consist of descriptive movement of face and body but in the movements of thought and soul transmitted in a kind of intense isolation.

There is no other occupation in the world that so closely resembled enslavement as the career of a film star.

Courtesy of  Find other great Celebrity Quotes there too!

Cinema Credits

Internet Movie Database: Louise Brooks - Actress: Die Büchse der Pandora. Louise Brooks was one of the most fascinating personalities of Hollywood... Visit IMDb for Photos, Filmography, Discussions - Cached - Similar

Louise Brooks Society - all about the silent film star who played - Welcome to the LOUISE BROOKS Society. This web site is dedicated to the life & times of LOUISE BROOKS.  She appeared in 24 films between 1924 and 1938. Portraits - Life & Times - Documentation - Books - Cached - Similar

Image results for Louise Brooks  - Report images

Louise Brooks collage

Also, find more great images from of Louise Brooks for your home or office.

Back to Table of Contents

Arts of Love > Greatest Lovers 1 > Greatest Lovers 2 >
Greatest Lovers 3 > Greatest Lovers 4

footer graphic spacer
Home     About Us     LovE-Store     Keys to Intimacy     Ideas for Love     Arts of Love     Contact
Intimate Getaways     Romantic Links     LoveSources     Affiliates     Newsletter     Relationship Articles