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Marie Dressler (1868–1934)

Once you saw her, you would not forget her. Despite her age and weight, she became one of the top box office draws of the sound era. She was 14 when she joined a theater group and she went on to work on stage and in light opera. By 1892, she was on Broadway and she later became a star comedienne on the vaudeville circuit. In 1910, she had a hit ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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 1933 Christopher Bean
 1932 Emma
 1931 The Christmas Party (Short)
Marie Dressler (uncredited)
 1931 Reducing
Marie Truffle
 1930 Min and Bill
 1930 Let Us Be Gay
Mrs. Bouccicault
 1930 Caught Short
Marie Jones
 1930 The Girl Said No
Hettie Brown
 1930 Chasing Rainbows
 1929 The Vagabond Lover
Ethel Bertha Whitehall
 1929 Dangerous Females (Short)
Sarah Bascom
 1929 The Divine Lady
Mrs. Hart
 1928 The Patsy
Ma Harrington
 1927 Breakfast at Sunrise
 1927 The Joy Girl
Mrs. Heath
 1927 The Callahans and the Murphys
Mrs. Callahan
 1918 The Red Cross Nurse (Short)
 1918 The Agonies of Agnes (Short)
 1917 Fired (Short)
 1917 The Scrub Lady (Short)
 1915 Tillie's Tomato Surprise
Tillie Todd
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Marie Dressler's "All Star Gambol." Musical comedy/revue [special production]. Book by Marie Dressler. Music by A. Baldwin Sloane. Musical Director: Frederick Schwartz. Featuring songs with lyrics by Edgar Smith. Featuring songs by Chaminade, Claribel and Goring-Thomas. Scenic Design by Marie Dressler. Costume Design by Marie ... See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 5 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 30 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


5' 7" (1.7 m)

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Any fact is better established by two or three good testimonies than by a thousand arguments. See more »


Was seriously contemplating working as a housekeeper at a Long Island estate before screenwriter Frances Marion, knowing that Dressler was down on her luck, insisted that MGM cast her in The Callahans and the Murphys (1927), which turned out to be a hit and revived her career. See more »

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