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Marie Dressler ACTOR


Marie Dressler was born on November 9th, 1868 in Cobourg, Ontario Canada with the birth name Leslie Marie Koerber to parents Alexander Rudolph Koerber and Annie Henderson.  At the age of fourteen she joined a theater group and found work on stage as an actress and doing light opera.
By 1892 she was getting jobs on Broadway and in the early 1900's, found work as a comedian in vaudeville.  Despite her weight, she was still a desired actress and in 1910 she was cast in, "Tillie's Nightmare" which was later taken by Mack Sennett and turned into a film called, "Tillie's Punctured Romance" (1914).  She was cast in the film alongside Charlie Chaplin and even took top billing, however after this role her career never really reached any higher level of stardom.  By 1918 she had given up on working in the film industry.  In 1919, there was an Actor's Equity strike in New York City and the Chorus Equity Association voted Dressler its first president.
She was unable to find employment and was considering taking working as a housekeeper, but then MGM came to her with an offer.  Marie made a return to the big screen with a small role in the film, "The Joy Girl" (1927) followed by another co star role in the film, "The Callahans and the Murphys" (1927).  For the most part the silent film era was no hope to bringing her to stardom and she was unable to find work and struggled financially.  However, when the era of 'talkie' films came about, her career took a turn for the better.       
Marie was fifty nine years old and was cast in, "Anna Christie" (1930) and she won the exhibitor poll for most popular actress.  MGM signed her to a contract for $500 a week and she was then cast in, "Min and Bill" (1930) and earned herself a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in the film.  The next role she took on to earn her another Academy Award nomination was her role in the film, "Emma" (1932).  The next two films that earned her even more publicity were her roles in, "Dinner at Eight" (1933) and "Tugboat Annie" (1933).  Sadly, just as her career was finally reaching the level and respect she had always hoped for, her life came to an end when she was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Dressler married only once to George Hoppert in 1900 and they remained together for only six years and had one child together, a daughter who sadly died during infancy. She then never married again.  On July 28th, 1934 Marie Dressler passed away in Santa Barbara, California from cancer at the age of sixty five.  She is interred in a crypt in the Great Mausoleum in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. 
Marie Dressler was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to the Motion Picture Industry.  She was also honored on June 30th, 2008 with the Canada Post issuing a postage stamp to honor her. 


1933 Christopher Bean 
1933 Dinner at Eight 
1933 Tugboat Annie  
1932 Prosperity 
1932 Emma
1931 Politics 
1931 Reducing
1930 Min and Bill 
1930 Let Us Be Gay
1930 Caught Short 
1930 One Romantic Night
1930 The Girl Said No
1930 Anna Christie
1930 Chasing Rainbows
1929 The Vagabond Lover
1929 Dangerous Females 
1929 The Divine Lady 
1928 The Patsy 
1928 Bringing Up Father 
1927 Breakfast at Sunrise 
1927 The Joy Girl
1927 The Callahans and the Murphys 
1918 The Red Cross Nurse 
1918 The Agonies of Agnes 
1917 The Scrub Lady
1917 Fired
1917 Tillie Wakes Up 
1915 Tillie's Tomato Surprise
1914 Tillie's Punctured Romance  

Matinee Classics - Marie Dressler, Actress
Matinee Classics - One Romantic Night starring Lillian Gish, Rod La Rocque, Conrad Nagel, Marie Dressler, O.O. Heggie, Albert Conti, Edgar Norton, Billie Bennett, Philippe De Lacy, Bryon Sage and Barbara Leonard

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