Brooks, Louise, 1906-1985

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Mary Louise Brooks (b. Nov. 14, 1906, Cherryvale, KS–d. Aug. 8, 1985, Rochester, NY) was a dancer, actor, flapper, and style icon: she popularized the bobbed haircut. She began dancing in 1922 when she joined the Denishawn School of Dancing and Related Arts modern dance company in Los Angeles but was fired in 1924. Brooks relocated to New York City and began dancing on Broadway and made screen debut in 1925. The same year she was offered a contract with Paramount and in 1929-1930, starred in several German films. Towards the end of her life, James Card, curator for the George Eastman House, persuaded Brooks to move to Rochester to help with the film collection. Brooks was married twice, to Eddie Sutherland (1926-1928) and Deering Davis (1934-1934) and had several high profile affairs including with Charlie Chaplain, Walter Wanger, George Preston Marshall, William S. Paley.
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referencedIn Louise Brooks collection, [ca. 1989-ongoing]. Museum of Performance & Design
creatorOf Vidal, Gore, 1925-. Papers, 1875-2004 (inclusive), 1936-2000 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Robert Baral papers, 1876-1980 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Brooks, Louise, 1906-1985. The Louise Brooks collection, ca. 1924-2005 Pittsburg State University, Leonard H. Axe Library
referencedIn Lucille Lortel papers The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Gore Vidal papers, 1850-2020 (inclusive), 1936-2008 (bulk) Houghton Library
referencedIn John Eldon Thayer collection of motion picture memorabilia, 1916-1979. Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Weinberg, Herman G. Papers, 1926-1983. New York Public Library System, NYPL
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associatedWith Baral, Robert person
associatedWith Chaplin, Charlie, 1889-1977 person
memberOf Denishawn Dancers corporateBody
associatedWith George Eastman House corporateBody
associatedWith Leonard H. Axe Library. Special Collections. corporateBody
associatedWith Lortel, Lucille person
associatedWith Paley, William S. (William Samuel), 1901-1990 person
employeeOf Paramount pictures corporation corporateBody
associatedWith Saddler, Donald person
spouseOf Sutherland, A. Edward (Albert Edward), 1897-1973 person
associatedWith Thayer, John Eldon, 1899-1980 person
associatedWith Vidal, Gore, 1925- person
associatedWith Wanger, Walter, 1894-1968 person
associatedWith Weinberg, Herman G. person
memberOf Ziegfeld Follies corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Cherryvale KS US
Rochester NY US
Motion picture actors and actresses


Birth 1906-11-14

Death 1985-08-08





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