ASK iAN * Stifle Me
Louise Brooks retired from the screen after completing one last film, the John Wayne western Overland Stage Raiders (1938), in which she played the romantic lead with a long hairstyle that rendered her all but unrecognizable from her Lulu days. She then briefly returned to Wichita, where she was raised. "But that turned out to be another kind of hell," she said. "The citizens of Wichita either resented me having been a success or despised me for being a failure. And I wasn't exactly enchanted with them. I must confess to a lifelong curse: My own failure as a social creature."