1069Re: [The New Coven of Louise Brooks] Psychological Profile?
- May 7, 2007Perri Lee,
She said several times that one of the reasons she wouldn't publish
her biography was that to do it properly would mean spilling all the
sexual beans and that she had concerns about what this could
potentially do to influence young girls. She admitted to her priest
in the mid-50s that when she read about drinking she wanted a drink
and when she read about sex she got excited. So she opted not to
publish her memoirs out of concern for impressionable young women.
On the one hand, she wouldn't renounce her lifestyle (standing toe-to-
toe with her priest), on the other hand she was concerned about
having young girls see her habits and lifestyle as desirable and
exciting. Therein lies one of the many apparant contradictions of
Louise Brooks. In fact, it's not so much a contradiction as a proof
of her brutal, flint-like honesty. I am what I am, I don't plan on
being anything but what I am, and you don't want to be what I am.
I'm not sure what you mean about the "twisted religions beliefs of
her region and her day". The only periods in her life where religion
was mentioned was a very short period in her mid-teens when she
attended a Protestant church (in Wichita and staying just long enough
to evidently have a fling with an older man in the church before
moving to Manhatten), and for ten years as a Catholic between 1954
and 1964 in New York. I certainly don't see either of them as being
twisted in either location. Except for the Catholic period, I think
Louise's attitude towards religion was ambivalence rather than
antagonism. Interestingly, despite her declaring that she left the
Church in 1964, when she died one of the few things of note in her
little apartment was a crucifix at the end of her bed. I think she
had a statue of the Virgin on her dresser as well. If she saw the
religious beliefs of her day as twisted she never hinted at that
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Perri Lee
>want to publish her own bio or let anyone else do it because of all
> I have to add one more thing to all of this. I think she did not
the escapades she was involved in aka party girl. I think this was
also mixed with the twisted religious beliefs of her region and her
day. Perri Lee
>one of THE major aspects of her personality. All
> Chuck Golden <bagnoli2@...> wrote: I think you've hit on
> through the Paris bio, especially towards the end, it's evidentthat
> she had to be in control - not so much in control of the people butin
> control of the situation. Ken Tynan wrote the blockbusterpiece "The
> Girl in the Black Helmet" for the New Yorker which shot her back tothe
> top of the public consciousness. Not long afterwards, she got wordher
> from him that he'd been out on the West Coast discussing (without
> knowing it) a bio-pic with a major Hollywood director. She wentthe
> ballistic, refused any thought of letting the film be done (despite
> increased fame and money), and cut Ken Tynan off forever. Shewhere
> excoriated him for having the temerity of discussing a project that
> involved her behind her back. The evident botton line is that she
> wouldn't agree to putting herself and her story in a situation
> she couldn't be 100% in control of it.there?
> Now, as to why she was so much that way... any psycologists out
> Certainly, she was her mother's daughter and the apple seldom fallsfar
> from the tree. But she was far too complex for it to be somethingas
> simple as that.
> --- In email@example.com, olive_e_thomas
> <no_reply@> wrote:
> > The way I look at it she was more concerned about the loss of
> > personal control. Like if Oprah had tried to put her book in her
> > book club Louise would likely refuse on the grounds any
> > success would "belong" to Oprah and not to her...
> Perri Lee Leuthard
> Don't pick lemons.
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