Saturday, April 23, 2016

In the kitchen with Louise Brooks' friends - part 1

Celebrity newspaper columns devoted to recipes as well as celebrity cookbooks were commonplace during the silent film era. The Louise Brooks Society archive contains a few recipes and menus attributed to Louise Brooks. Here is part one of a two part series devoted to recipes from Louise Brooks' friends and colleagues.

First up is Ruth St. Denis, who along with Ted Shawn headed the Denishawn Dance Company during the two seasons the teenage Brooks toured with the famed troupe. It is known that the company ate together on occassion, once even at Brooks' parent's house in Wichita, Kansas. I wonder if Ruthie ever made Chicken Creole for her company?


And next is Blanche Ring, an American singer and actress in Broadway theatre productions, musicals, and motion pictures. She acted in the 1926 Brooks' film It's the Old Army Game, which was directed by her nephew Eddie Sutherland, who shortly after married Louise Brooks.

At one time, Blanche Ring was married to Charles Winninger, who acted in the 1931 Brooks' film, God's Gift to Women. Her sister Frances Ring was married to Thomas Meighan, the popular silent film actor who starred in 1927 Brooks' film, The City Gone Wild.


Be sure and check back tomorrow for recipes from Charlie Chaplin and Chester Conklin.

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