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Louise Cromwell: 1911

Louise Cromwell poses in fox furs, c. 1911. This is likely the wealthy heiress who married General Douglas MacArthur on February 14, 1922. View full size.

Louise Cromwell poses in fox furs, c. 1911. This is likely the wealthy heiress who married General Douglas MacArthur on February 14, 1922. View full size.


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How beautiful!

The woman is beautiful and the photo is outstanding. Shot by window light. It does look like a master painting.

Foxy Lady

I'll bet she wound many a Victrola and did many a Castle Walk and Glide in those years! Gorgeous! Probably drove a Baker Electric, too!

Muy elegante.


Fox stole

I can remember several women showing up at my Grandmother's house in fox stoles during the early to middle 1950s. They would usually also be wearing black velvet frame hats with veils or netting that hung down over their faces. These women couldn't have been wealthy because my family certainly wasn't, but they would arrive for a visit all dressed up. I remember one such occasion when I was able to get close to and touch one woman's stole ( this is beginning to sound unseemly, isn't it?) and I discovered that the fox's mouth had been wired with a spring clasp and, as noted above by zoltarpanaflex, its eyes were little black berry-like beads. It was wrapped or draped around a woman's shoulders and then the mouthpiece would grab the tail-end to hold it in place. Even then, at a young age - and with no comprehension of what I was looking at, I had conflicted reactions to it. On the one hand, it was fascinating and on the other, it was highly creepy. I haven't seen one of them in years.

What a beautiful picture!!!!

What a beautiful picture!!!!

Feathers & Furs

Her hat looks heavy. I am told my late grandmother used her first paycheck to purchase a coat made of real tiger skin.

Louise Cromwell

Stunning photo. Any idea who took it?

[Unknown. - Dave]


Since they didn't have tv or videotape back then, it is hard to say what she may or may not have done.


Andy I think that Ms Cromwell had a little more class than Paris Hilton, I am not saying she was a saint, she was a "flapper girl" and she had a affair while she was married to MacArthur BUT I dont think she would have allowed herself to be taped like Hilton and I dont think she did any jail time, also we can't forget that TV show.
But I think that we will see a new Paris soon, good luck to her.

The “good old days”...

...are often clouded by a haze of nostalgia. Louise Cromwell Brooks was no different in her day than any wealthy heiress is in our day. She was a divorceé before she married MacArthur, and divorced him after 7 years. Her clothes are fashionable for the times, just as Paris Hilton’s are today. Whether or not fashion has changed since then for the worse (or better) is another matter.

availability of photo?

Is this photo available for purchase? I would love to have a print!


She looks lost, a little.

Louise Cromwell

What a breathtakingly beautiful woman, and photo. I know the furs are passe', now, but in 1911 were probably considered to be all that. Previous comments about wealthy brats with no panties on and showing that fact to the world, thinking they're so sexy, can't hold a candle to what is shown in this photo. It's called class.

They divorced in 1929

Wife: Louise Cromwell Brooks (m. 14-Feb-1922, div. 1929)
Wife: Jean Marie Faircloth (m. 30-Apr-1937, until his death)


This is an heiress with dignity and style. The photo reminds us how far downhill we've come in just 96 years. The heiress of today is in court, jail, or rehab while bragging that she doesn't wear furs!!

Maybe not

He would rather stay away from her.


I never understood the reasoning behind leaving the heads on.


She's gorgeous. Oh, for the day when a wealthy heiress posed gracefully while fully and beautifully dressed (albeit with the corpses of furry animals). Instead of - you know - flashing their various shaved body parts while stumbling in and out of sleazy nightclubs.

Another Fur Is...

What the lady is harboring on her lap looks to be a muff, which is a tube made of fur or other fabric often lined in silk, which a lady would tuck her hands into, and carry.

I can't believe I had such a thing when I was a small girl, I think a little white rabbit or three died for that set.

There was also a (hideous) fashion of using the various animal's body parts as seen in this photograph.

My grandmother gave me a fur piece which was three pine martens end-on-end, each has its little skull clamped onto it's brother's hind-end. The little eyes were glass beads. Wish I still had it, my cat ripped it to shreds in sheer terror I'm sure. It scared the heck out of me to merely touch it.

19th Century

The photo's pose and lighting remind me very much of J. M. Whistler and other 19th century society painters.

Beautiful portrait

It's kind of a shame people don't dress like that anymore. (And I don't mean the wearing of dead animals. I mean the fashions of the era.)

Another fur

That's another fox in her lap. Most certainly not alive.

I shall return

What is she holding? The thing around her neck is dead, but is she holding a dog thats alive? She is a very pretty women and I am sure MacArthur used her as a basis for "I shall return"

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