Louise Brooks


lbrooks.jpgThe silent film star Louise Brooks, who lived in Rochester for over thirty years.

Louise Brooks was born in Kansas on November 14, 1906. Ms. Brooks began dancing in Kansas at an early age, eventually moved to New York, joined the Ziegfeld Follies and became an early silent-film star. In 1925 at the age of 18, she signed a contract with Paramount Pictures and began filming the "The Street of Forgotten Men." Others movies that she appeared in are "A Girl in Every Port," "Beggars of Life," and "Pandora's Box." It is well documented that her irreverence and intelligence did not sit well with the men who were running the Hollywood machine. There was so much friction she quit Paramount and moved to Europe to film "Diary of a Lost Girl" and "Prix de Beaute."

On her return to Hollywood, she appeared in minor roles, including a bit part in "The Public Enemy" in 1931, and retired after making minor westerns. Her last film was "Overland Stage Raiders" with John Wayne in 1938. After years of obscurity, in 1955 Miss Brooks struck up a relationship with Mr. James Card in New York. At the time, Mr. Card was the curator of the George Eastman House in Rochester. At Card's urging, she moved to Rochester in 1956 to research films at the Eastman House archives for articles she wrote for several film journals. In 1982 she published "Lulu in Hollywood," a collection of essays on her life.

Louise Brooks lived in Rochester from 1956 until her death of a heart attack in 1985. Her only published address was 7 North Goodman Street.

WNY Newspaper Articles About Louise Brooks
Anonymous. "Louise Brooks, Latest Find, Enters Movies as a Dancer." Utica Daily Press, June 19, 1925.
Anonymous. "Star Lights." Syracuse Herald, March 5, 1926.
Clune, Henry. "Seen and Heard." Democrat & Chronicle, October 25, 1959.
Anonymous. "Screen Star." [Rochester Catholic Diocese] Courier Journal, April 12, 1963.
Price, Theodore. "Louise Brooks- alias Dixie Dugan- ... in Rochester...." Democrat & Chronicle, Nov 5, 1972.
Garner, Jack. "Portraits from Memory." Democrat & Chronicle, March 28, 1982.
Garner, Jack. "A Golden Age gala." Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, November 6, 1982.
Garner, Jack. "Curtain calls from a Hollywood past." Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Nov 7, 1982.
Garner, Jack. "Recalling the artistry of Louise Brooks." Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, April 22, 1984.
Garner, Jack. "A sadness for what might have been . . . ." Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, August 9, 1985.
Pittman, Mark. "'Oh, she could tell a story,' says neighbor." Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, August 9, 1985.
Garner, Jack. "Louise Brooks dies." Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, August 9, 1985.
Anonymous. "Glamour faded." Rochester Times Union editorial, August 13, 1985.
Anonymous. "Greece Resident Was Special Fan of Louise Brooks." Greece Post, August 13, 1985.
Anonymous. "Eastman House given actress collection." Utica Daily Press, April 19, 1986.
Paris, Barry. "Lulu in Rochester." American Film, September, 1986.
Paris, Barry. "Sincerely, Louise." Democrat & Chronicle, November 19, 1986.
Simon, Jeff. "She Was the Real Lulu." Buffalo News, April 20, 1990.
Chase, Anthony. "Louise Brooks, A Rare Film Treat." Buffalo News, April 22, 1990.