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Lulu in Hollywood, by Louise Brooks

Review by Jeffrey M. Anderson

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Brooks was one of the most luminous and vivid actresses in all of cinema, even though she only played in two major movies: Pandora's Box (1928) and Diary of a Lost Girl (1929). By breaking her contract to make movies in Germany, she alienated the Hollywood system and made herself an outcast and a cult legend forever. It turns out she was brilliant as well as beautiful. This collection of Hollywood essays is insightful, gossipy, and clever. Subjects include: Humphrey Bogart, W.C. Fields, Greta Garbo, Lillian Gish, William Wellman, and her own period in Germany with director G.W. Pabst, making her two most famous movies. This book also includes a bunch of beautiful photos of Brooks, which are part of her charm and mystery. (This review refers to the older, out-of-print version of "Lulu in Hollywood." The book has since been re-issued in an expanded edition.

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