On Louise Brooks

“She was a soloist who all her life had to spend time dealing not with what she wanted, but with what other people wanted, with what they gave her and with what they expected from her, and with what people thought of her for not showing gratitude for things she had never asked for. She was a woman people learned to resent for not being spoiled by the things that would have spoiled them. When she was young, that attitude, that discipline, that fastidiousness, wherever she was—on a set or in the middle of a party—must have seemed like an implied criticism of the values around her… Her inviolateness must have driven many a person to frenzy, a mad desire to strangle her, to remove her. Why should this Louise be better than anyone else?”

—John Kobal on Louise Brooks

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