Sunday, 11 March 2012

Screen Siren #1: Louise Brooks

Mary Louise Brooks (November 14, 1906 – August 8, 1985)
Although Louise was very well known for her beauty and style it cannot be denied that she was an extremely talented actress. She was strong and independent and cared little for norms and what others thought of her. Her most famous role was Lulu in Pandora's Box (1929) She was often compared to that character which sometimes overshadowed her other roles. She quit acting in 1938 at the age of 32 despite being at the peak of her career. She was tired of the ways of Hollywood and spent the remainder of her life writing, reading and painting. She became a rather accomplished writer and authored a number of books including her autobiography.
At the age of 9 Louise was sexually abused by a neighbour. This stayed with her for the rest of her life. She claimed she was incapable of real love, and that the man who abused her "must have had a great deal to do with forming my attitude toward sexual pleasure....For me, nice, soft, easy men were never enough – there had to be an element of domination." But she never let her past stop her from pursuing a film career and today she is regarded as one of the most iconic silent movie actresses.
On August 8, 1985, Louise died of a heart attack in Rochester, New York at the age of 78. To this day she is remembered for her remarkable talent as an actress, her interesting personality and her unique beauty. 

R.I.P Mary Louise Brooks. You were much loved. 

1 comment:

  1. I love Louise Brooks. she intrigues me!
    I totally relate to her doing her own thing and not following the masses. takes courage to do that. because you will encounter much contempt through your life and be met with hostility by many. you don't even have to be mean and hateful. but by following your own path and being a loner, well that's what you live with. she never 'caved' in and did was what expected. very interesting woman and personality.