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Marie Dressler, The unlikeliest star, With illustrations,

Lee, Betty:

ISBN 10: 0813120365 / ISBN 13: 9780813120362
Editorial: University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, 1997
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EA, Lexington, University Press of Kentucky 1997, 316 S., OPbd. m. OU., sehr gut erhalten Sprache: en. N° de ref. de la librería 82408AB

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Título: Marie Dressler, The unlikeliest star, With ...

Editorial: University Press of Kentucky, Lexington

Año de publicación: 1997

Encuadernación: OPbd. m. OU.,

Condición del libro:sehr gut erhalten

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Dust Jacket Included

Edición: 1st Edition

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" She was homely, overweight, and over the hill, but there was a time when Marie Dressler outdrew such cinema sex symbols as Garbo, Dietrich, and Harlow. To movie audiences suffering the hardships of the Great Depression, she was Everywoman, and in the early 1930s her charming mixture of pathos and comedy packed movie theaters everywhere. In the early days of the century, Dressler was constantly in the headlines. She took up the cause of the "ponies" in the chorus lines, earning them better pay and benefits. She played in productions organized to raise money for the women's suffrage movement. And during World War I she claimed she sold more liberty bonds than any other individual in the United States. Dressler was an astute observer of public mood and taste. When she was lucky enough to find work in the newly minted Hollywood talkies, she grabbed the brass ring with fierce enthusiasm, even making three films in the year before her death, when she was so sick she had to rest between scenes on a sofa just out of camera range. The two-hundred-pound actress's remarkable stage presence captivated audiences even though her roles were not Hollywood beauties. She played tough, practical characters such as the old wharf rat in Anna Christie (1930), the waterfront innkeeper in Min and Bill (1931)―for which she won the Academy Award for best actress―the aging housekeeper in Emma (1932), and the title role in Tugboat Annie (1933). She spoke honestly to her audiences, and troubled people in the comforting darkness of the Depression-era movie theaters embraced her as one of themselves.


Marie Dressler was overweight and older than 60 when she made the most spectacular comeback of her roller-coaster career, outshining Greta Garbo in the 1930 film Anna Christie. Marie Dressler (1869-1934) was no beauty, but her perfect comic timing and Everywoman appeal to theater- and movie-goers ensured a popularity that began in vaudeville and climaxed with Min and Bill, Tugboat Annie, and her legendary delivery of the classic closing line in Dinner at Eight. Toronto journalist Betty Lee's meticulously researched biography gives a thorough account of Dressler's life and appreciative evocation of her art.

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