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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 »

Known For

Dinner at Eight
Dinner at Eight Carlotta Vance
(1933)
Min and Bill
(1930)
Anna Christie
Anna Christie Marthy
(1930)

Filmography

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 1933 Christopher Bean
Abby
 1932 Emma
Emma
 1931 The Christmas Party (Short)
Marie Dressler (uncredited)
 1931 Reducing
Marie Truffle
 1930 Min and Bill
Min
 1930 Let Us Be Gay
Mrs. Bouccicault
 1930 Caught Short
Marie Jones
 1930 The Girl Said No
Hettie Brown
 1930 Chasing Rainbows
Bonnie
 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
Queen
 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)
Agnes
 1917 Fired (Short)
 1917 The Scrub Lady (Short)
 1915 Tillie's Tomato Surprise
Tillie Todd
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Higgledy-Piggledy. Music by Maurice Levi. Book by Edgar Smith. Lyrics by Edgar Smith. Choreographed by Sam Marion. Scenic Design by John H. Young and Ernest Albert. Directed by George F. Marion. Weber and Fields' Broadway Music Hall: 20 Oct 1904- 25 Mar 1905 (185 performances). Cast: Aimee Angeles, Robert Austin, Iva Barbier, ... See more »

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

Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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Old age is an insult. It's like being smacked. See more »

Trivia:

Always credited her good friend, screenwriter Frances Marion, with literally saving her life. After much time spent trying to find her, Marion contacted Dressler about a major role in The Callahans and the Murphys (1927). Dressler had planned to commit suicide by jumping out of her apartment window that very night. Instead, the role marked a personal and professional comeback for her. It brought ... See more »

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Scorpio

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