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Louise Brooks has become one of the most spectacular icons of early
cinema. Her distinctive "bob" haircut looks as modern as they did
when she first appeared in films in 1925. Louise Brooks was born on
November 14, 1906 in Cherryvale, Kansas, and by eighteen had
established herself as a dancer with the Ziegfeld Follies, and was
receiving film offers from both MGM and Paramount. In 1928, she
starred in William Wellman''s Beggars of Life. Meanwhile
she was mingling with the high and mighty of Hollywood, having a
passionate affair with Charlie Chaplin, spending weekends at
William Randolph Hearst''s castle and captivating such men as
William S. Paley, the founder of CBS. Her brief, yet spectacular
role in Howard Hawks'' A Girl in Every Port impressed G.W.
Pabst, the German maestro who was seeking an actress for his
upcoming production, Pandora''s Box. He rejected Marlene
Dietrich in favor of Brooks, who went to Berlin and made not only
Pandora''s Box but also Diary of a Lost Girl,
forever ensuring her status as a screen icon.This exquisitely
produced album celebrates Lulu with rare film footage stills,
private photos, letters, interviews, and text by renowned film
critic Peter Cowie, exploring this influential cult figure and
abiding symbol of the Jazz Age.