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Louise Brooks (1906-1985), one of the most famous actresses of the silent era, was renowned as much for her rebellion against Hollywood as for her performances in such classics as Pandora's Box and Diary of a Lost Girl. Collected here are eight autobiographical essays by Brooks, vividly describing her childhood in Kansas, her early career as a Denishawn dancer and Ziegfeld Follies "Glorified Girl," and her friendships with Martha Graham, Charles Chaplin, W. C. Fields, Humphrey ...
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Overview

Louise Brooks (1906-1985), one of the most famous actresses of the silent era, was renowned as much for her rebellion against Hollywood as for her performances in such classics as Pandora's Box and Diary of a Lost Girl. Collected here are eight autobiographical essays by Brooks, vividly describing her childhood in Kansas, her early career as a Denishawn dancer and Ziegfeld Follies "Glorified Girl," and her friendships with Martha Graham, Charles Chaplin, W. C. Fields, Humphrey Bogart and others.
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The New York Times
These eight essays are selective, nostalgic, poison-tipped and fearlessly smart. They're sharp about Hollywood's definitions of success and failure, about how actors are manipulated by their employers and pigeonholed by the press…This book is as idiosyncratic and magnetic as its author.
—Janet Maslin
Film Comment
Because the book sustains a high level of insight and giddy entertainment value, Lulu in Hollywood is one of the most painlessly useful books in years. It is also an exhilarating display of the sort of diamond-hard prose whose beauty is inseparable from its precision.
James Wolcott
A tart, fleet, gossipy book, a whip-flicking display of wit and spite. . . . In Lulu in Hollywood, Brooks writes about her contemporaries with a darting precision and down-to-earth compassion that make the mythologizing of most movie commentators sound like so much hot wheeze. . . . Louise Brooks emerges not as a white goddess wreathed in incense, but as a sassy companion, wisecracking, knowledgeable, completely free of cant and coy sentiment.
— Esquire
Sight and Sound
Louise Brooks is a woman of ideas. Her writings‹and this, for an actor, is really extraordinary‹are about something more than just herself. She has ideas about Hollywood, she has ideas about life, and she does not necessarily confuse the two. . . . If Brooks has an Achilles heel, it is her own intelligence: she tends to attribute to others as much self-awareness and analytical power as she has herself.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394520711
  • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/1983
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 1098

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Girl in the Black Helmet
1 Kansas to New York 3
2 On Location with Billy Wellman 19
3 Marion Davies' Niece 33
4 Humphrey and Bogey 57
5 The Other Face of W. C. Fields 71
6 Gish and Garbo 85
7 Pabst and Lulu 93
Epilogue: Why I Will Never Write My Memoirs 107
A Witness Speaks 113
Filmography 117
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