MARIE DRESSLER

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Marie Dressler

Signed Album Page - c1933

Scarce signed autograph album page, circa 1933. Well handled over the years resulting in torn corners on fragile paper, not affecting the bold autograph.

MARIE DRESSLER (1868-1934) was a Canadian actress and Depression-era film star. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1930-31 in Min and Bill.

A robust, full-bodied woman of very plain features, Dressler acted in comic films which were very popular with the movie-going public and an equally lucrative investment for MGM. Dressler's first role in a film was in 1910, when she was 42. and she quickly became Hollywood's number one box-office attraction, staying on top until her death at age 65.

In addition to her comedic genius and her natural elegance, Dressler demonstrated her considerable talents by taking on serious roles. For her starring portrayal in Min and Bill, co-starring Wallace Beery, she won the 1930-31 Academy Award for Best Actress (the eligibility years were staggered at that time). Dressler was nominated again for Best Actress for her 1932 starring role in Emma. With that film, Dressler demonstrated her profound generosity to other performers. Dressler personally insisted that her studio bosses cast a friend of hers, a largely unknown young actor named Richard Cromwell, in the lead opposite her. This break helped launch his career.

Dressler followed these successes with more hits in 1933, including the comedy Dinner at Eight, in which she played an aging but vivacious former stage actress, and, following the release of that film, appeared on the cover of Time magazine, in its August 7, 1933, issue.

Dressler appeared in more than 40 films, and achieved her greatest successes in talking pictures made during the last years of her life. Always seeing herself as physically unattractive, she wrote an autobiography titled, The Life Story of an Ugly Duckling.

Marie Dressler

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