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Marie Dressler

Marie Dressler, actress,
Wallace Beery and Marie Dressler in a still for Tugboat Annie scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection

B: November 9, 1869 in Cobourg, Ontario
D: July 28, 1934 in Santa Barbara, California

In an industry that is often considered larger than life, a number of actors have fit that description in a physical sense too. “Fattie” Arbuckle sure lived up to his nickname – his real first name being Roscoe. Oliver Hardy was another heavyweight of the silent and post-silent eras. In more modern times, we have enjoyed actors like Jackie Gleason and the late John Candy. In case you haven’t noticed, they’re all male actors. Large women actors run against the norm and only a handful come to mind, Roseanne Barr being just one who has succeeded despite being totally outside the mold dictated by current trends in health and fashion. Another large actress, from a much earlier time, was Marie Dressler. In her life she always wondered about her popularity and considered herself to be, in her own words, “an ugly duckling.”

Also see: A biography about Marie Dressler
Also see: Marie Dressler’s Last Interview

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Tillie’s Punctured Romance (1914)
Tillie’s Tomato Surprise (1915)
Tillie Wakes Up (1917)
The Scrublady (1917)
The Red Cross Nurse (1918)
The Agonies of Agnes (1918)

The Joy Girl (1927)
The Callahans and the Murphys (1927)
Breakfast at Sunrise (1927)
Bringing Up Father (1928)
The Patsy (1928)
The Divine Lady (1929)
The Vagabond Lover (1929)
Dangerous Females (1929)
Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929)
Road Show (1929)

The Swan (1930)
The March of Time (1930)
Call of the Flesh (1930)
One Romantic Night (1930)
The Girl Said No (1930)
Derelict (1930)
Anna Christie (1930)
Chasing Rainbows (1930)
Caught Short (1930)
Let Us Be Gay (1930)
Min and Bill (1930)
Politics (1931)
The Christmas Party (1931)
Reducing (1931)
Prosperity (1932)
Emma (1932)
Tugboat Annie (1933)
Singer of Seville (1933)
Dinner at Eight (1933)
Her Sweetheart, Christopher Bean (1934)

Marie Dressler, Tillie's Punctured Romance, movie,
This magazine ad for Tillie’s Punctured Romance was scanned from an original source in the Northernstars Collection.