Description Louise was a hookbill from Dubuque, Iowa, whose humorous and flamboyant scarf dances earned her the title The Queen of Montmartre. As a young bird she was diagnosed with chronic nervousness, which resulted in unsightly facial ticks and feather spasms. To compensate for this unfortunate malady, she developed an eccentric form of dance combining jerky movements, comedic poses, and long flowing scarves. Her unique routine quickly earned her a place in a travelling vaudeville flock. On a brief stopover in Paris during a European tour, the manager of La Perche Rouge offered her a contract for a million seeds per year, and she quickly became the most popular act in the city. Along with her meteoric rise in fame came a demanding international schedule of performances, which acutely aggravated her nervous condition and led to a serious addiction to peanut brittle and tonics. Hospitalizations became more common due to severe beak twitches and tailfeather seizures. In 1914, after a performance at the Hotel Negresco in Nice, Louise was crossing the Promenade when her long silk scarf became tangled in the spoked wheels of a speeding Buggati. She was buried in a cherrywood box on Castle Hill, overlooking the bay.
Chad Crowe, Portland, OR Member Since May 2012 Artist Statement Chad Crowe is a cartoonist and illustrator whose work has appeared in publications across the U.S., including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Phoenix. He has also designed floats for the annual carnival celebration in Nice, France.