Monday, October 5, 2015

Maybelline's Silent Film Models, Colleen Moore and Louise Brooks, both Beautiful and Brilliant in their own way

Because she was a respected actress before she was known as a flapper, she made the flapper respectable. By removing the fear many held towards this new movement, she made it possible for a new generation of independent young woman to appear on the screen and to explore new degrees of independence in the real world.

Colleen the sweet girl next door Flapper

Louise Brooks  represented the sexy American Flapper.

Louise Brooks was one of the most fascinating personalities of Hollywood, always being compared with her most important characterization as protagonist: Lulu in Georg Wilhelm Pabst's Pandora's Box (1929). Along with her beauty and talent she had an independent streak and refused to accept the restrictive role that women had in American society, and pretty much went her own way, which caused quite a bit of controversy. Not everyone found her rebellious nature off-putting,

Colleen Moore has a permanent dollhouse exhibition in Chicago . After leaving film she came back to Chicago. She was brilliant and became a partner at Merrill Lynch. The name her book is Cast of Killers. She was a multifaceted person... a movie producer as well. She and King Vidor were going  to collaborate on a movie about the murder of a director named Taylor.  It seems Louise Brooks was more successful Than Colleen Moore. 

Comment by Linda Hughes, Maybelline's namesake, Mabel Williams granddaughter.

Thank you Linda for the idea for this post. After watching both video's my take is, because of the 1920's, the audience was more attracted to a wild, rebellious sex siren, than a sweet talented actress. Sex appeal always wins. Maybelline ads were based on it, in the most modest way. 

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