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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
Abby
 1932 Emma
Emma
 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
 1928 Bringing Up Father
Annie Moore
 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)
 1917 Tillie Wakes Up
Tillie Tinkelpaw
 1915 Tillie's Tomato Surprise
Tillie Todd
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Other Works:

Stage Play: The Man in the Moon. Musical/fantasy. Book by Louis Harrison, Hugh Stanislaus Stange [erroneously credited as Stanislaus Strange]. Lyrics by Louis Harrison, Stanislaus Strange [Hugh Stanislaus Stange]. Music by Ludwig Englander, Gustav Kerker, Reginald De Koven. Choreographed by Carl Marwig. Directed by George W. Lederer. New ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 5 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | See more »

Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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Personal Quote:

If ants are such busy workers, how come they find time to go to all the picnics? 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 »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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