Hi! I’m Princess Tatiana, peeking in from So Not A Princess. I’m thrilled to be given the privilege of writing for Nancy’s lovely blog while she is off gallivanting abroad.
Long a favourite of mine, Louise Brooks was a star from the silent era, most famous for her role as Lulu in Pandora’s Box (1929), directed by the German G.W. Pabst. In it she plays the quintessential young flapper, and is everything you imagine a flapper to be: fast and flighty; pretty, dangerous – and doomed; a romantic and tragic figure.
In life she was that: rebellious, difficult, notorious for her salty language, a spendthrift, alcoholic, sexually liberated; and eventually blacklisted by Hollywood. But for all that she is utterly mesmerising: an ‘amazing personality’ with a dazzling smile; ‘kind and generous to her friends almost to a fault’ according to her biographers. And of course there is her bobbed hairstyle: iconic long before anyone was asking for the ‘Aniston’.
“Since I never learned to act, I never had any trouble playing myself.” – Louise Brooks