In 1922, at age fifteen, Louise Brooks left Wichita, Kansas, for New York City, embarking on a lifetime of legendary adventures, successes, and mysteries. From her early career as a dancer to her years as a film star in Hollywood and Berlin, she was hailed and reviled as a completely new type of woman: independent, intellectually daring, and sexually free.
Brooks made her film debut in 1925, soon appearing in such Hollywood films as A Girl in Every Port and Beggars of Life. Perhaps her most memorable role was as the amoral, self-destructive temptress Lulu in Pandora’s Box. Her innocent eroticism, along with her pale, beautiful features and bobbed brunette hair, made her both a film icon and a symbol of the disdainful flapper of the 1920s.