Marie Dressler

Marie Dressler

Highest Rated: 91% Dinner at Eight (1933)

Lowest Rated: 43% The Hollywood Revue (1929)

Birthday: Nov 9, 1868

Birthplace: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada

Measuring 5'8" and sporting a hefty frame, Marie Dressler was an imposing lady, but her remarkably expressive face and superb comedic timing made her a beloved figure during Hollywood's Golden Age. Playing equally larger-than-life women, Dressler's rise started with years of acting in repertory theatre before moving to Broadway in her twenties and biding her time in vaudeville. She finally achieved recognition in "Tillie's Nightmare" (1910-11). The popularity of that humorous musical presentation led to an invitation to take her Tillie to the silver screen in "Tillie's Punctured Romance" (1914), where she starred with a young Charlie Chaplin. Motion picture roles continued through the teens and twenties, but it was at the beginning of the sound era where this veteran character player finally found herself a star, thanks to her supporting work in Greta Garbo's "Anna Christie" (1930) and her own Academy Award-winning turn in the tragicomedy "Min and Bill" (1930). Perfectly paired in the latter with the similarly craggy and uncouth Wallace Beery, Dressler joined him again in "Tugboat Annie" (1933) and she enjoyed much attention for her performance as a faded stage actress in "Dinner at Eight" (1933) who delivered one of Hollywood's most memorable lines. Sadly, right at the height of her fame, she discovered she had cancer and died within a year. Proof that movie stars need not be picture-perfect, Dressler's determination was as immense as her skills and the status she earned made for a most unique success story.

Highest rated movies

Dinner at Eight
Tillie's Punctured Romance




No Score Yet 91% Tugboat Annie Annie Brennan (Character) - 1933
91% 74% Dinner at Eight Carlotta Vance (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 66% Emma Emma Thatcher Smith (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Prosperity Maggie Warren (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Politics Hattie Burns (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 50% Reducing Marie Truffle (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chasing Rainbows Bonnie (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet Let Us Be Gay Mrs. Bouccicault (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet 44% Min and Bill Min Divot (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet 58% Anna Christie Marthy Owens (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet One Romantic Night Princess Beatrice (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet Caught Short Marie Jones (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl Said No Hettie Brown (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet 20% The Vagabond Lover Ethel Bertha Whitehall (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet 20% The Divine Lady Mrs. Hart (Character) - 1929
43% 21% The Hollywood Revue Self - 1929
No Score Yet 87% The Patsy Ma Harrington (Character) - 1928
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Callahans and the Murphys Mrs. Callahan (Character) - 1927
No Score Yet No Score Yet Breakfast at Sunrise Queen (Character) - 1927
90% 42% Tillie's Punctured Romance Tillie (Character) - 1914
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie's Big Romance Tillie (Character) - 1914