The Louise Brooks Society is the largest and most comprehensive website devoted to any silent movie star. The Louise Brooks Society is devoted to the study and promotion of the life and films of Louise Brooks. The mission of the Louise Brooks Society is to honor the actress by stimulating interest in Louise Brooks' life and films, as well as her place in 20th century culture; by fostering and coordinating research on her life, films and writings; by serving as a repository for material relevant to the actress; and by advocating for the preservation and restoration of Louise Brooks' films and related material.
The LBS was begun informally in late 1994, and launched as a website in August, 1995. Since that time, the LBS has grown to become one of the leading sites devoted to any film star. The online archive and the scholarly material found on the site are one of its primary assets.
The purpose of the Louise Brooks Society website is to promote interest in the actress by offering membership in the society; by serving as a focal point for related activities; by disseminating accurate information and bibliographies about the life and films of Louise Brooks; and by offering individuals a variety of materials to assist in their study and appreciation of the actress. Above all, the LBS encourages the viewing of Louise Brooks' surviving films, and the fellowship of her many admirers.
The LBS has helped bring both the Barry Paris biography and Brooks' own Lulu in Hollywood back into print. It has also co-sponsored events, mounted local exhibits, inspired a documentary, and generated media interest in the actress. An early history of the Louise Brooks Society and its activities can be found here.
The Louise Brooks Society website is designed and maintained by Thomas Gladysz, with the assistance of Christy Pascoe.
The Louise Brooks Society was established as a meeting point for individuals from around the world. At last count, its more than 1400 members hail from 49 countries on six continents. Members of the LBS include silent film buffs, movie industry professionals, actors, writers, professors, artists, and other interested individuals from all walks of life. Individuals can join the LBS by visiting the Membership Page.
To date, nearly 2,000,000 visitors have passed through the pages of this site. Visitor logs show that individuals have visited the LBS from nearly 100 different countries including Russia, Estonia, Croatia, and Slovenia - as well as Cyprus, Kuwait, Bahrain, Thailand, and China. Find out more about the world wide popularity of Louise Brooks by visiting the Geographical Survey page.