About Mary Louise Brooks
Mary 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, noted for popularizing 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.
The Flapper was a Writer
Since Louise Brooks' autobiographical pieces first started appearing, in SIGHT AND SOUND and elsewhere, no one it seems has been able to get over the fact that she is beautiful and can write. William Shawn, editor of the New Yorker, joins the incredulous chorus in his introduction to this slim but absorbing collection. It begins, actually, to sound a little patronising, especially since, in their surprised delight over the felicities of style, most commentators omit to notice that Louise Brooks is also a woman of ideas. Her writings-and this, for an actor, really is extraordinary-are about something more than just herself.