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Louise Brooks: From Dancer to Showgirl to Scandalous Flapper Icon

Louise Brooks

Louise Brooks, early 20s.

Louise Brooks with her sharply bobbed hair is one of the most iconic figures of 1920s cinema and epitomized the rebellious modern woman of the time. She started off her career as a chorus girl and dancer in 1922, and by 1925 was a dancer for Ziegfeld’s Follies. It was as a Follies girl that she was spotted by Paramount Pictures. At this time she was also spotted by Charlie Chaplin and the two of them embarked upon a love affair.

She was instantly recognizable for her trademark bobbed haircut which sparked a trend copied by bright young things everywhere. Brooks didn’t just make movies in America. After working for Paramount pictures she moved to Europe (where she supposedly had a one-night-stand with Greta Garbo) and where she made her 3 most well known movies. On her return to America her career was on the decline after being unofficially blacklisted by the major Hollywood studios.

During her 10 year movie career Louise Brooks starred 25 movies (17 silent films and 8 talkies) before retiring in 1935.

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