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Louise Brooks

Louise Brooks (November 14, 1906 - August 8, 1985) was an American actress.

Born Mary Louise Brooks in Cherryvale, Kansas. She began her entertainment career as a dancer with the Ziegfeld Follies[?]. Her film debut was in The Street of Forgotten Men[?] in an uncredited role in 1925, but she became famous for the 1928 film Pandora's Box[?], in which her waiflike role as the doomed flapper Lulu made her an icon of the Jazz Age. Her pageboy haircut started a trend, as women in the Western world cut their hair likes hers.

At the top of her career, in 1938, she retired from show business. She worked as a sales girl in a Saks store in New York City. French film historians rediscovered her living in Rochester, New York in the 1950s, and with the help of such film writers as William Paley and Kenneth Tynan[?], she became a writer in her own right. Her writings, Lulu in Hollywood, was published in 1982.

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