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The Chaperone

by Laura Moriarty

The Chaperone
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    Jun 2012, 384 pages
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    Jun 2013, 416 pages

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Louise Brooks

Louise Brooks (1906-1985), born Mary Louise Brooks, was a dancer, Ziegfeld girl, silent film actress, memoirist (Lulu in Hollywood), and in her later years, an icon rediscovered and beloved by French film historians such as Henri Langois, who remarked, "There is no Garbo! There is no Dietrich! There is only Louise Brooks!" She was best known for her roles in Pandora's Box and Diary of a Lost Girl, both 1929 German films directed by G.W. Pabst.

Louise Brooks In Pandora's Box, Brooks is cast as Lulu, a modern woman whose sexualized behavior turns destructive, and who eventually meets Jack the Ripper. The racy plot inspired by playwright Frank Wedekind's work, Die Büchse der Pandora, was at the time considered melodramatic, and Brooks's performance was not immediately recognized as noteworthy. It was not until decades later that Pandora's Box would be regarded as an exemplar of the era.

Louise Brooks Brooks was also known for her distinctive, dark bobbed hair, which helped cement her place as ...

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