Louise Brooks

by curiousmiscellany

While researching bobs and lost girls, I came across Louise Brooks (1906-1985), an American silent film actress.  Though not responsible for the original bob, she was among those who made it famous (in company with Coco Chanel and Clara Bow) and while not a lost girl per say she did star in a movie, entitled Diary of a Lost Girl (1929), and had a dramatic and uninhibited life. Brooks was featured in films such as A Girl in Every Port (1928), Pandora’s Box (1929), God’s Gift to Women (1931), but her Hollywood days were limited due to her unhappiness in the environment. Her later jobs included a Saks Fifth Avenue salesperson, a gossip columnist and even a call girl when she was close to destitute. Brooks was known for being a confident, adventurous, sexually-liberated woman (even having a one-night affair with Greta Garbo), unafraid to pose in the nude or to use bawdy language in public. Her sassy spirit and looks have inspired many cultural figures: Liza Minnelli based her role in the Broadway show Cabaret on Brooks, and Guido Crespax, the Italian illustrator modeled the protagonist of his erotic Valentina comic books after her.