Louise Brooks — photographed by Edward Steichen

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  1. Heather in Arles
    January 21, 2014

    One of the all-time Iconic Hollywood photos…and the very definition of the word “smoulder”…
    Is this a Birthday gift for Mr. George Kaplan?
    Happy Birthday Mr K–we all adore you!

  2. January 21, 2014

    Huzzah!!! The happiest of birthdays to Mr. Kaplan!!!
    It’s a birthday greeting (always) AND a lead-in to talk about #teamgloria’s book, How to Stay Sane in a Crazy World, in a little over an hour.

  3. January 21, 2014

    I love Steichen’s photos and this once is stunning. For some reason, when I see portraits of Louise Brooks, I always think she looks out of time. I don’t know why. The hair?

    • January 21, 2014

      Come to think of it, maybe she was the inspiration for Vidal Sassoon’s “revolutionary” haircuts of the 1960s… Elegant, effortless, and precise. Well spotted!

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  5. January 21, 2014

    There’s smolder here, yes, but impishness, too, which makes it all the better!

  6. George Kaplan
    January 21, 2014

    The image of our Ms Brooks is simply gosh golly wow!
    Dearest Heather, thank you so much for your lovely words, they touched my heart. Hugs, George

  7. January 26, 2014

    I agree with the previous commenter who pointed out Louise’s timeless look. Her hair adds to her beauty, and makes her seem like a real smart alec. I like those kind of people.

    • January 26, 2014

      “For two extraordinary years I have been working on it – learning to write – but mostly learning how to tell the truth. At first it is quite impossible. You make yourself better than anybody, then worse than anybody, and when you finally come to see you are “like” everybody – that is the bitterest blow of all to the ego. But in the end it is only the truth, no matter how ugly or shameful, that is right, that fits together, that makes real people, and strangely enough – beauty…” Louise Brooks “Lulu in Hollywood”

  8. January 29, 2016

    Ah, my beautiful girl. I remember seeing her smile – in ‘Pandora’s Box’, maybe? – she positively glittered: sound was not needed to portray her mischievous joy. She was a beauty, an icon – but how many knew her as a wonderful actress? (and a brilliant writer!)

    And one day I will get the cutters at Fantastic Sams to understand what a bob is.

    • January 30, 2016

      “Lulu in Hollywood,” brilliant, indeed!
      Why is it the stars we remember the most, were the most elusive?

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