Mary Louise Brooks was born in Cherryvale, Kansas on November 14, 1906. She started her career as a dancer in the Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway before becoming an actress of the silent film era. She became known mostly for her bobbed glossy “black helmet” hair style. Thousands of women were attracted to that style and adopted it as their own. Louise was a style icon, a beautiful woman and a talented actress, but she did not go along with the norms of the Hollywood film society and left Hollywood for Europe. She was always compared to her LULU role in the movie “Die Büchse der Pandora” (1929), which was filmed in Germany. Until she ended her career in film in 1938, she had made only 25 movies.
This is a reprint of an old postcard (Louise Brooks, Germany,1928) showing Louise holding BONZO and DISMAL DESMOND. Bonzo the dog (right side in the photo) was created by British Artist George E. Studdy in the early 1920s. Dismal Desmond was created by British artist Ian Hassal about 1926.
This amazing half doll was most likely designed after this postcard. She is marked with an incised 18335 and was made by Carl Schneider in Thuringia. Height is 9.5 cm.
The cover of a 1926 MOTION PICTURE CLASSIC magazine featuring Louise Brooks (photo can be seen at: http://silentladies.com/Brooks/pages/Brooks033.html ) may have inspired the Bavarian porcelain manufacturer Wm. Goebel to create this fancy and atypical powder box. The cigarette in her mouth serves as a handle for a fluffy powder puff. Fortunately the handle “survived” the last 70 years without a break. The box measures 9 cm in length and retains its original golden Goebel Wilhelmsfeld label with the crown mark.
More information on Louise “Lulu” Brooks at : http://louisebrookssociety.blogspot.com/