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Launched in 1995, the Louise Brooks Society was one of the very first websites devoted to silent film or a silent film star. Only a few pages at first, the LBS ( has grown, and so has its acclaim as a resource for fans of Louise Brooks and early cinema. The LBS has been referenced and cited in a handful of books, as well as in newspapers, magazines and other publications from all over the world. Here is a short, select bibliography of articles about or referencing the LBS.

Classic Movie Blog Association. "CMBA Profile: Louise Brooks Society," February 15, 2018.
-- about the Louise Brooks Society blog

Wilson, Andrew. "St. Marys author celebrated in book." Evening Leader, September 2, 2017.
-- article in St. Marys, Ohio newspaper

Weissberg, Jay. "Now We're in the Air."  Pordenone / Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, 2017.
-- "Louise Brooks Society founder Thomas Gladysz found evidence that William Wellman was also attached at some point, which makes quite a bit of sense, but by June the studio revealed that the director for Now We’re in the Air would be Frank R. Strayer, a considerably lesser talent than the original three choices."

Cone, Nathan. "After Wings, Hollywood's Wellman Rode The Rails For Beggars Of Life." Texas Public Radio, August 16, 2017.
-- mentioned in NPR piece

Frumkes, Roy. "BEGGARS OF LIFE (KINO/Lorber)." Film in Review, August 9, 2017.
-- "The recently recorded score by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra is often lovely and rarely distracting, and there are two commentaries, one favoring Ms. Brooks (by the founding director of the Louise Brooks Society) and another by William Wellman Jr. for balance."

 King, Susan. "The Eternal Louise Brooks." American Cinematheque blog, May 17, 2017.
-- dual interview with Thomas Gladysz and Cari Beauchamp

Vlessing, Etan. "David Shepard, Silent Film Preservation Giant, Dies at 76." Hollywood Reporter, February 1, 2017.
-- "'Shepard has done as much as anyone to both preserve and promote our film heritage, especially the silent era,' Thomas Gladysz, founder and director of the Louise Brooks Society, said in a statement."

Tanner, Becky. "Wichita’s silent movie star is subject of upcoming documentary." Wichita Eagle, April 3, 2016.
-- "Even today, Brooks has a devout following that includes the Louise Brooks Society, which promotes her life as a star and dancer." -- referenced in Kansas newspaper

Mack, Megan. "Connections: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of Louise Brooks." WXXI, December 2, 2015. (Rochester, NY NPR)
-- hour long program with film critic Jack Garner, documentary filmmaker Charlotte Siller, and Thomas Gladysz, director of the Louise Brooks Society

Smurthwaite, Nick. "The Archive: Louise Brooks – something of an enigma." The Stage, September 1, 2015.
-- "One of the most luminous stars of the silent era, Louise Brooks has been all but erased from cinema history. Only a handful of movie buffs keep her memory alive, mostly through the 20-year-old Louise Brooks Society, whose aim is to honour the charismatic actor and stimulate interest in her life and work." -- referenced in UK trade publication

De Jesus, Janice. "Orinda author turns fascination into novel." San Jose Mercury News, February 26, 2014.
-- referenced in California newspaper

Rombeck, Terry. "A cut above: Local author’s novel generates national buzz." Lawrence News-Tribune, June 10, 2012.
-- referenced in Kansas newspaper

Toole, Michael T. "Reopening Pandora’s Box in San Francisco." Film International, August 22, 2012.

LaSalle, Mick. "Diary of a Lost Girl to be screened at main library." San Francisco Chronicle, November 12, 2010.
-- referenced in California newspaper

K., A. "Stoletni dnevnik prostitutke, oče avtobiografskih izmišljotin?" RTV Slovenia, November 4, 2010.
-- article on Slovenian news site

Blackburn, Gavin. "Forgotten book by Margarete Boehme to be revived in US." Deutsche Welle, November 3, 2010.
-- article on English-language German news site

Stinnett, Chuck. "Louise Brooks had beauty that was decades ahead of its time." The Gleaner, September 22, 2009.
-- "Brooks remains a focus of remarkable interest...." - mention in Henderson, Kentucky newspaper

SiouxWire. "Interview: THOMAS GLADYSZ, founder of the LOUISE BROOKS Society." SiouxWire, April 5, 2007.
-- interview on website 

Matheson, Whitney. "Happy birthday, Louise!" USA Today, November 14, 2006.
-- "My favorite Louise Brooks site belongs to the Louise Brooks Society, a devoted group of fans that even keeps a blog. There, you can find just about everything about the actress: articles, filmography, photos, links and more." 

Maltin, Leonard. "Links We Like: Louise Brooks Society." Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy, August 1, 2005.
-- "Not many sites of any kind can claim to be celebrating a tenth anniversary online, but that’s true of the Louise Brooks Society, devoted to the life and times of the magnetic silent-film star and latter-day memoirist. Thomas Gladysz has assembled a formidable amount of material on the actress and her era; there’s not only a lot to read and enjoy, but there’s a gift shop and even a 'Radio Lulu' function that allows you to listen to music of the 1920s. Wow!"

Caloudas, Constantine. "Louise Bobs Her Hair." Washington City Paper, July 22, 2005.
-- referenced in Washington, D.C. weekly

Melton, Wayne. "That '20s Girl: Lulupalooza celebrates the work of a screen goddess." Style Weekly, July 20, 2005.
-- referenced in Richmond, Virginia weekly

Blackberry Cat. "Louise Brooks: Actress and Writer." BBC, November 12, 2004.
-- mention on English news site

Pattenden, Mike. "An era of glamour." London Sunday Times, April 27, 2003.
-- "With her sculpted dark bob and rebellious lifestyle, Louise Brooks was perhaps the ultimate flapper icon. A screen star to rank with Bacall and Hepburn, Brooks' career straddled the silent era and early talkies. She bucked the system to make movies in Europe, notably Pandora's Box, which lends its name to, dedicated to her remarkable life and including some of her more risque poses - a reminder that the 1920s were as much about sex and style as any era since." - write-up in London newspaper 

O'Connell, Pamela Licalzi. "Dreaming Celebrities and the Earth's Eye Candy." New York Times, August 29, 2002.
-- "The Louise Brooks Society ( is an excellent homage to the art of the silent film as well as one of its most luminous stars."

l., tk. "Ins Netz gegangen Pandora Brooks." Stuttgarter Zeitung, July 14, 2002.
-- mention in newspaper from Stuttgart, Germany 

Anderson, Jeffrey M. "Thirteen great film sites." San Francisco Examiner, November 29, 2001.
-- "This San Francisco-run site pays tribute to one of the greatest and most under-appreciated stars of all time, Louise Brooks, who played numerous bit parts and starred in only two films during the silent era. It contains tons of info, pictures and history." - mention in California newspaper

Douglas, John. "Online with you." Grand Rapids Press, March 26, 2001.
-- "There has never been a more interesting actress in the history of movies or a more beautiful woman than Louise Brooks, who made a name for herself in American and German films. This Web site at, created by The Louise Brooks Society, is crammed full of photos of the lady with the page boy bob. It also has biographical material and still shots from her movies plus posters and links to other Brooks sites. It also tells which of her films are available on video and DVD." - mention in Michigan newspaper

Garner, Jack. "Movie buffs can find trivia, reviews online." Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, September 12, 2000.
-- "A fine example of a fan page, a thoughtful, artful site devoted to the life and times of a fabled silent movie legend, with rare articles from the '20s and superb photos." - mention in New York newspaper

Malcolm, Derek. "GW Pabst: Pandora's Box." Guardian Unlimited. July 22, 1999.
-- referenced on English newspaper website

Panti, Fabio. "Archivi in Rete." MediaMente, December 28, 1998.
-- "Ad esempio per chi fosse amante del cinema, ecco The Louise Brooks Society che ci riporta all'epoca d'oro dei film muti americani. Il sito è una sorta di fan club virtuale. A parte gli articoli di giornali e riviste la cui ricchezza e' valsa al sito il premio dell'Istituto del Nord Caroline per l'arte cinematografica, possiamo trovare cartoline d'epoca, locandine, spartiti musicali, foto, il tutto raccolto grazie alla curiosità personale di Thomas Gladysz che ne fa, invitando tutti i navigatori ad aiutarlo, un archivio digitale quasi senza volerlo." - brief write-up on Italian website

"Mysteries and Scandals." E! Entertainment, 1998.
-- included in episode on cable TV program shown around the world

Evenson, Laura. "Lovely Lulu Lives Again." San Francisco Chronicle, May 3, 1998.
-- article in California newspaper

Farrant, Darrin. "Programs - Sunday." Melbourne Age, April 16, 1998.
-- "The Louise Brooks Society has an exhaustive web site about this fascinating siren." - mention in Australian newspaper

Silberman, Steve. "Fan Site Sparks Biopic." Wired News, April 10, 1998.
-- article on Wired magazine

Roberson, Fontaine. "Flapper Has 'Virtual' Fan Club in Noe Valley." Noe Valley Voice, September, 1997.
-- article in San Francisco, California monthly

C. J., "NB." Times Literary Supplement, March 14, 1997.
-- referenced in English literary journal

anonymous. Net Directory, issue 7, 1996.
-- named one of five best sites devoted to actresses in English computer magazine

Meddis, Sam Vincent. "Net: New and notable." USA Today, May 23, 1996.
-- "Silent-film buffs can get a taste of how a fan club from yesteryear plays on the Web. The Louise Brooks Society site includes interview, trivia and photos. It also draws an international audience."

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