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Masterpiece: The Chaperone

Louise Brooks, the 1920s silver-screen sensation who never met a rule she didn’t break, epitomized the restless, reckless spirit of the Jazz Age. But, just a few years earlier, she was a 15-year-old student in Wichita, Kansas for whom fame and fortune were only dreams. When the opportunity arises for her to go to New York to study with a leading dance troupe, her mother (Victoria Hill) insists there be a chaperone. Norma Carlisle (Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey), a local society matron who never broke a rule in her life, impulsively volunteers to accompany Louise (Haley Lu Richardson) to New York for the summer.


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When the opportunity arises for Louise Brooks (Haley Lu Richardson) to go to New York to...


Society matron Norma Carlisle accompanies Louise Brooks to New York City.