Louise Brooks (1906-1985) was an American actress and dancer. She made 17 silent films and 8 sound films. Three of her most memorable films were made in Europe under the guidance of German director G.W.Pabst (Pandora's Box, Diary of a Lost Girl, and Miss Europe).
Fiercely independent and destructively reckless, Brooks retired from films in 1938 and eventually drifted into alcoholism and obscurity. She worked as a dance instructor, a sales clerk at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, and also became a "call girl" (ironically, like the film character Lulu).
Her faded fame was revitalized when her memoirs, Lulu in Hollywood, were published in 1982. Louise Brooks died of a heart attack in 1985.
Louise Brooks and Gustav Diessl in the final scene from Pandora's Box (1929)
Brooks in later years