Dressler, Marie


Dressler, Marie
(1868-1934)
   Born Lelia Maria Koerber in Cobourg, Canada, the daughter of a hot-tempered Prussian cavalry officer and a long-suffering musician began performing in amateur theatricals as a child and soon realized her ability to make audiences laugh. At 14 she left home and changed her name to make her professional debut with a cheap traveling stock company in the dramatic role of Cigarette in Under Two Flags. After three years with the Nevada Stock Company, she toured briefly in the Robert Grau Opera Company chorus, then held chorus parts with Frank Deshon's Starr Opera Company and then George A. Baker's Bennett and Moulton Opera Company, followed by a Chicago engagement with Eddie Foy in Little Robinson Crusoe.
   After her 1892 New York debut in a musical play, Dressler faced the fact that she was destined not to be a diva but a comedy performer. Despite her full-figured 200 pounds, she had stamina and athletic grace. She often bicycled with Lillian Russell and relished the epithet "Beauty and the Beastie" describing them. Dressler's ability to improvise comic business and to captivate audiences with her double takes and other facial expressions blossomed in the role of Flo Honeydew in The Lady Slavey (1896), which ran two years in New York and then toured, taking her to stardom. After a long string of Broadway and London successes, she began a motion picture career in 1914 with Tillie's Punctured Nightmare, featuring the Tillie Blobs character she had created on Broadway in 1910. In 1931, she won the Academy Award for her performance in Min and Bill. She wrote two memoirs, The Life Story of an Ugly Duckling (1924) and My Own Story (1934).

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  • Dressler, Marie — orig. Leila Marie Koerber born Nov. 9, 1868, Cobourg, Ont., Can. died July 28, 1934, Santa Barbara, Calif., U.S. Canadian U.S. actress. She began her acting career as a vaudeville comedian and made her film debut in Tillie s Punctured Romance… …   Universalium

  • Marie Dressler — Portrait of Dressler in 1909 Born Leila Marie Koerber November 9, 1868(1868 11 09) Cobourg, Ontario, Canada …   Wikipedia

  • Marie — /meuh ree /; for 2 also Fr. /mann rddee /, n. 1. (Marie Alexandra Victoria of Saxe Coburg) 1875 1938, queen of Rumania 1914 27. 2. a female given name, French form of Mary. * * * (as used in expressions) Marie Josèphe Rose Tascher de la Pagerie… …   Universalium

  • Marie Dressler — Retrato realizado en 1909 Nombre real Leila Marie Koerber Nacimiento 9 de noviembre de 1868 Cobourg (Onta …   Wikipedia Español

  • Marie Dressler — (1909) Marie Dressler (* 9. November 1868 in Cobourg, Ontario; † 28. Juli 1934 in Santa Barbara, Kalifornien; eigentlich Leila Marie Koerber) war eine kanadische Schauspielerin …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Marie Dressler — Données clés Naissance 9 novembre  …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Dressler — oder Dreßler ist der Familienname folgender Personen: August Wilhelm Dressler (1886–1970), deutscher Maler Carsten Dreßler (1843–1929), deutscher Brauereibesitzer Cecilie Dressler, Verlegerin und (ab 1941) Verlagseigentümerin, siehe Cecilie… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Dressler — may refer to: Anton Dressler (born 1974), clarinetist Conrad Dressler (1856 1940), sculptor and potter Erich Dressler, luger Gallus Dressler (1533 c.1580 9), composer and music theorist Marie Dressler (1868–1934), actress Rob Dressler (born 1954) …   Wikipedia

  • Dressler — /dres leuhr/, n. Marie (Leila Koerber), 1869 1934, U.S. actress, born in Canada. * * * …   Universalium

  • Dressler — /dres leuhr/, n. Marie (Leila Koerber), 1869 1934, U.S. actress, born in Canada …   Useful english dictionary


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