- After retiring from cinema in 1938, she was found working as a $40-a-week salesgirl at Saks Fifth Avenue.
- Interred at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Rochester, New York, USA.
- Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#44). 
- Trying to make a Hollywood comeback after working in Europe, she turned down an offer to star with James Cagney in the classic The Public Enemy (1931). The role could have revitalized her career.
- As a child, one of her best friends was Vivian Vance who played Ethel Mertz on _"I Love Lucy" (1951) (TV)_ .
- After retiring, went on to write many witty and intelligent essays on the film industry.
- Opened a dance studio in Beverly Hills. It failed because of a financial scandal involving her business partner. On 30 July 1940, Brooks boarded a train back to Kansas, leaving Hollywood for good. She opened a dance studio in Wichita and wrote a booklet, "The Fundamentals of Good Ballroom Dancing."
- Briefly the mistress of CBS founder William Paley, who secretly provided her with a yearly pension for the rest of her life.
- Filed for bankruptcy. (6 February 1932)
- A 20th Century-Fox talent scout spotted a girl named Linda Carter in a play and offered her a screen test. "Linda Carter" was actually Brooks, who was attempting a comeback. (July 1938)
- Was the inspiration for the stage play "Show Girl," which, in turn, inspired the comic strip "Dixie Dugan." She was also the inspiration for Italian cartoonist Guido Crepax's comic strip/graphic novel "Valentina." Brooks and Crepax became pen pals as a result.
- Marlene Dietrich was sitting in Georg Wilhelm Pabst's office, ready to accept the role of Lulu in Pandora's Box at the same time Brooks walked out on her Paramount contract.
- Her first autobiography, entitled 'Naked On My Goat', was thrown into an incinerator by her own hand.
- In Neil Gaiman's novel, American Gods, the character Czernobog called her the "greatest American actress of all time."
- Her favorite actress was Margaret Sullavan
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