Marie Dressler (1868–1934)


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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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(1930)
Dinner at Eight Carlotta Vance
(1933)
Emma Emma Thatcher
(1932)
Politics Hattie Burns
(1931)

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 1933 Christopher Bean
Abby
 1933 Dinner at Eight
Carlotta Vance
 1933 Tugboat Annie
Annie
 1932 Prosperity
Maggie Warren
 1932 Emma
Emma Thatcher
 1931 The Christmas Party (Short)
Marie Dressler (uncredited)
 1931 Politics
Hattie Burns
 1931 Reducing
Marie Truffle
 1930 Min and Bill
Min
 1930 Let Us Be Gay
Mrs. Bouccicault
 1930 Caught Short
Marie Jones
 1930 One Romantic Night
Princess Beatrice
 1930 The Girl Said No
Hettie Brown
 1930/I Anna Christie
Marthy
 1930 Chasing Rainbows
Bonnie
 1929 The Vagabond Lover
Ethel Bertha Whitehall
 1929 Dangerous Females (Short)
Sarah Bascom
 1929 The Hollywood Revue of 1929
Marie Dressler
 1928 The Divine Lady
Mrs. Hart
 1928 Bringing Up Father
Annie Moore
 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 The Scrub Lady (Short)
Tilly
 1917 Fired (Short)
 1917 Tillie Wakes Up
Tillie Tinkelpaw
 1915 Tillie's Tomato Surprise
Tillie Todd
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Roly Poly/Without the Law. Musical/burlesque. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

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Dressler left an estate worth $310,000, the bulk left to her older sister, Bonita. Dressler left her 1931 automobile and $35,000 in her will to her maid of twenty years, Mamie Cox, and $15,000 to Cox's husband Jerry, who had served as Dressler's butler for four years. The two used the funds to open the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Savannah, Georgia, in 1936, named after the nightclub in Los ... See more »

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