Mary Louise Brooks (nicknamed Brooksie) was born in Cherryvale, Kansas on November 14, 1906. This particular beautiful and outrageously talented actress always serves as a reminder to me to never limit the movies or stars I see. I had, for years, concentrated my silent movie viewing to Clara Bow, Mary Pickford, Buster Keaton, and Charlie Chaplin. When I finally branched out, I found that there are far too many wonderful and exciting stars to “play” favorites.
After all, there are many just waiting to become favorites themselves, and Louise Brooks is a prime example.
The more I see of her and the more I read about her, the more I love her. She was VERY ahead of her time, colorful, original, and deliciously honest and frank. She wasn’t afraid to hold anything back and, frankly, I’d have loved to have seen her face if someone told her she wasn’t being a perfect “lady!”
If you aren’t familiar with this wonderful star, I hope you’ll search out her films and get to know her better. You’re going to love her.
Louise Brooks, Pandora’s Box