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Louise Brooks (1906 - 1985)

The American dancer and actress started as a chorus girl before signing a contract with the Paramount. However, loathing Hollywood and its clique, Louise Brooks moved to Germany where she worked with the expressionist director, G.W Pabst, and starred in her best-known films, before retiring in 1935. This choice gave her immortality as a silent film legend as much as her iconic garçonne bobbed haircut, imitated by many independent women. The actress was rediscovered in the 1950s by French historians who rehabilitated her as a major acting figure which amused Louise Brooks who saw her career with a cynical eye: 'there is no other occupation in the world that so closely resembled enslavement as the career of a film star.' She definitely inspired many epigones with this German cabaret style of hers that praises a playful attitude towards sex boundaries.

Louise Brooks in Love'Em and Leave' Em  directed Frank Tuttle, 1926
Louise Brooks in Love'Em and Leave' Em directed Frank Tuttle, 1926
Hugh Huntley and Louise Brooks in A Social Celebrity directed by Malcolm St. Clair, 1926
Hugh Huntley and Louise Brooks in A Social Celebrity directed by Malcolm St. Clair, 1926
Louise Brooks and Adolphe Menjou in A Social Celebrity directed by Malcolm St. Clair, 1926
Louise Brooks and Adolphe Menjou in A Social Celebrity directed by Malcolm St. Clair, 1926
Louise Brooks in A Social Celebrity directed by Malcolm St. Clair, 1926
Louise Brooks in A Social Celebrity directed by Malcolm St. Clair, 1926
Portrait of Louise Brooks by Eugene Robert Richee, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks by Eugene Robert Richee, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks for Beggars of Life directed by William A. Wellman, 1928. Photo by Otto Dyar
Portrait of Louise Brooks for Beggars of Life directed by William A. Wellman, 1928. Photo by Otto Dyar
Portrait of Louise Brooks, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks, 1920's
Portrait of Louis Brooks by Nickolas Muray, 1926
Portrait of Louis Brooks by Nickolas Muray, 1926
Portrait of Louis Brooks by Nickolas Muray, 1926
Portrait of Louis Brooks by Nickolas Muray, 1926
Portrait of Louise Brooks for Beggars of Life directed by William A. Wellman, 1928. Photo by Otto Dyar
Portrait of Louise Brooks for Beggars of Life directed by William A. Wellman, 1928. Photo by Otto Dyar
Portrait of Louis Brooks by M.I.Boris, 1925
Portrait of Louis Brooks by M.I.Boris, 1925
Portrait of Louis Brooks by M.I.Boris, 1925
Portrait of Louis Brooks by M.I.Boris, 1925
Portrait of Louis Brooks by Edward Thayer Monroe, 1926
Portrait of Louis Brooks by Edward Thayer Monroe, 1926
Portrait of Louis Brooks by Edward Thayer Monroe, 1920's
Portrait of Louis Brooks by Edward Thayer Monroe, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks for the Ziegfeld Follies publicity by Alfred Cheney Johnston, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks for the Ziegfeld Follies publicity by Alfred Cheney Johnston, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks for the Ziegfeld Follies publicity by Alfred Cheney Johnston, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks for the Ziegfeld Follies publicity by Alfred Cheney Johnston, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks for the Ziegfeld Follies publicity by Alfred Cheney Johnston, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks for the Ziegfeld Follies publicity by Alfred Cheney Johnston, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks for the Ziegfeld Follies publicity by Alfred Cheney Johnston, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks for the Ziegfeld Follies publicity by Alfred Cheney Johnston, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks for The Canary Murder Case directed by Malcolm St. Clair and Frank Tuttle, 1929. Photo by George P. Hommel
Portrait of Louise Brooks for The Canary Murder Case directed by Malcolm St. Clair and Frank Tuttle, 1929. Photo by George P. Hommel
Portrait of Louise Brooks for The Canary Murder Case directed by Malcolm St. Clair and Frank Tuttle, 1929. Photo by George P. Hommel
Portrait of Louise Brooks for The Canary Murder Case directed by Malcolm St. Clair and Frank Tuttle, 1929. Photo by George P. Hommel
Portrait of Louise Brooks by George P. Hommel, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks by George P. Hommel, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks by George P. Hommel, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks by George P. Hommel, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks by George P. Hommel, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks by George P. Hommel, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks by George P. Hommel, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks by George P. Hommel, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks  for Beggars of Life directed by William A. Wellman, 1928. Photo by George P. Hommel
Portrait of Louise Brooks for Beggars of Life directed by William A. Wellman, 1928. Photo by George P. Hommel
Portrait of Louise Brooks, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks by Nishiyama, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks by Nishiyama, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks by Eugene Robert Richee, 1928
Portrait of Louise Brooks by Eugene Robert Richee, 1928
Portrait of Louise Brooks by George P. Hommel, 1928
Portrait of Louise Brooks by George P. Hommel, 1928
Portrait of Louise Brooks by George P. Hommel, 1928
Portrait of Louise Brooks by George P. Hommel, 1928
Portrait of Louise Brooks by Eugene Robert Richee, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks by Eugene Robert Richee, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks, 1910's
Portrait of Louise Brooks, 1910's
Portrait of Louise Brooks by Eugene Robert Richee, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks by Eugene Robert Richee, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks in Now We're in the Air directed by Frank R. Strayer, 1927. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Louise Brooks in Now We're in the Air directed by Frank R. Strayer, 1927. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Louise Brooks for The Canary Murder Case directed by Malcolm St. Clair and Frank Tuttle, 1929. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Louise Brooks for The Canary Murder Case directed by Malcolm St. Clair and Frank Tuttle, 1929. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Louise Brooks, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks by Eugene Robert Richee, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks by Eugene Robert Richee, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks by Eugene Robert Richee, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks by Eugene Robert Richee, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks by Eugene Robert Richee, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks by Eugene Robert Richee, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks by Eugene Robert Richee, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks by Eugene Robert Richee, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks in Now We're in the Air directed by Frank R. Strayer, 1927. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Louise Brooks in Now We're in the Air directed by Frank R. Strayer, 1927. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Louise Brooks in Now We're in the Air directed by Frank R. Strayer, 1927. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Louise Brooks in Now We're in the Air directed by Frank R. Strayer, 1927. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Louise Brooks by Eugene Robert Richee, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks by Eugene Robert Richee, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks in Now We're in the Air directed by Frank R. Strayer, 1927. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Louise Brooks in Now We're in the Air directed by Frank R. Strayer, 1927. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Louise Brooks by Eugene Robert Richee, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks by Eugene Robert Richee, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks by Eugene Robert Richee, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks by Eugene Robert Richee, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks by George P. Hommel, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks by George P. Hommel, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks in Now We're in the Air directed by Frank R. Strayer, 1927. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Louise Brooks in Now We're in the Air directed by Frank R. Strayer, 1927. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Louise Brooks by Eugene Robert Richee, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks by Eugene Robert Richee, 1920's
Portrait of Louise Brooks by  Edward Steichen, 1929
Portrait of Louise Brooks by Edward Steichen, 1929
Louise Brooks in Love'Em and Leave' Em  directed Frank Tuttle, 1926
Louise Brooks in Love'Em and Leave' Em directed Frank Tuttle, 1926
Portrait of Louise Brooks for American Venus directed by Frank Tuttle, 1926
Portrait of Louise Brooks for American Venus directed by Frank Tuttle, 1926
Portrait of Louise Brooks for Evening Clothes directed by Luther Reed, 1927
Portrait of Louise Brooks for Evening Clothes directed by Luther Reed, 1927
Louise Brooks and Walace Beery in Now We're in the Air directed by Frank Strayer, 1927
Louise Brooks and Walace Beery in Now We're in the Air directed by Frank Strayer, 1927
Louise Brooks and Walace Beery in Now We're in the Air directed by Frank Strayer, 1927. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Louise Brooks and Walace Beery in Now We're in the Air directed by Frank Strayer, 1927. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Louise Brooks and Walace Beery in Now We're in the Air directed by Frank Strayer, 1927. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Louise Brooks and Walace Beery in Now We're in the Air directed by Frank Strayer, 1927. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Ford Sterling and Louise Brooks for American Venus directed by Frank Tuttle, 1926
Ford Sterling and Louise Brooks for American Venus directed by Frank Tuttle, 1926
Robert Amstrong and Louise Brooks in A Girl in Every Port directed by Howard Hawks, 1928
Robert Amstrong and Louise Brooks in A Girl in Every Port directed by Howard Hawks, 1928
Robert Amstrong and Louise Brooks in A Girl in Every Port directed by Howard Hawks, 1928
Robert Amstrong and Louise Brooks in A Girl in Every Port directed by Howard Hawks, 1928
Robert Amstrong and Louise Brooks in A Girl in Every Port directed by Howard Hawks, 1928
Robert Amstrong and Louise Brooks in A Girl in Every Port directed by Howard Hawks, 1928
Robert Amstrong and Louise Brooks in A Girl in Every Port directed by Howard Hawks, 1928
Robert Amstrong and Louise Brooks in A Girl in Every Port directed by Howard Hawks, 1928
Louise Brooks in A Girl in Every Port directed by Howard Hawks, 1928
Louise Brooks in A Girl in Every Port directed by Howard Hawks, 1928
Portrait of Louise Brooks in A Girl in Every Port directed by Howard Hawks, 1928
Portrait of Louise Brooks in A Girl in Every Port directed by Howard Hawks, 1928
Portrait of Louise Brooks in A Girl in Every Port directed by Howard Hawks, 1928
Portrait of Louise Brooks in A Girl in Every Port directed by Howard Hawks, 1928
Portrait of Louise Brooks for Beggars of Life directed by William A. Wellman, 1928
Portrait of Louise Brooks for Beggars of Life directed by William A. Wellman, 1928
Louise Brooks and Richard Arlen in Beggars of Life directed by William A. Wellman, 1928
Louise Brooks and Richard Arlen in Beggars of Life directed by William A. Wellman, 1928
Louise Brooks and Richard Arlen in Beggars of Life directed by William A. Wellman, 1928
Louise Brooks and Richard Arlen in Beggars of Life directed by William A. Wellman, 1928
?, Louise Brooks, Wallace Beery and Richard Arlen for Beggars of Life directed by William A. Wellman, 1928
?, Louise Brooks, Wallace Beery and Richard Arlen for Beggars of Life directed by William A. Wellman, 1928
Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen and Wallace Beery in Beggars of Life directed by William A. Wellman, 1928
Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen and Wallace Beery in Beggars of Life directed by William A. Wellman, 1928
Louise Brooks in Pandora's Box directed by George Wilhem Pabst, 1929
Louise Brooks in Pandora's Box directed by George Wilhem Pabst, 1929
Fritz Kortner and Louise Brooks in Pandora's Box directed by George Wilhem Pabst, 1929
Fritz Kortner and Louise Brooks in Pandora's Box directed by George Wilhem Pabst, 1929
Louise Brooks in Pandora's Box directed by George Wilhem Pabst, 1929
Louise Brooks in Pandora's Box directed by George Wilhem Pabst, 1929
Louise Brooks in Pandora's Box directed by George Wilhem Pabst, 1929
Louise Brooks in Pandora's Box directed by George Wilhem Pabst, 1929
Louise Brooks in Pandora's Box directed by George Wilhem Pabst, 1929
Louise Brooks in Pandora's Box directed by George Wilhem Pabst, 1929
Louise Brooks in Pandora's Box directed by George Wilhem Pabst, 1929
Louise Brooks in Pandora's Box directed by George Wilhem Pabst, 1929
Louise Brooks  and Fritz Kortner in Pandora's Box directed by George Wilhem Pabst, 1929
Louise Brooks and Fritz Kortner in Pandora's Box directed by George Wilhem Pabst, 1929
Alice Roberts and Louise Brooks in Pandora's Box directed by George Wilhem Pabst, 1929
Alice Roberts and Louise Brooks in Pandora's Box directed by George Wilhem Pabst, 1929
Louise Brooks in Diary of a Lost Girl directed by George Wilhem Pabst, 1929
Louise Brooks in Diary of a Lost Girl directed by George Wilhem Pabst, 1929
Portrait of Louise Brooks in Diary of a Lost Girl directed by George Wilhem Pabst, 1929
Portrait of Louise Brooks in Diary of a Lost Girl directed by George Wilhem Pabst, 1929
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