Marie Dressler Dressler began her career in the theater at the age of 14 years. In 1892 she first played on Broadway and was in the following years a popular Vaudevillestar.
In 1914 she first stepped on in the film comedy Tillie's Punctured Romance alongside Charlie Chaplin. After she had got involved as a union leader during a strike of the stagehands, she was placed on a blacklist for years and had great material hardship
Her good friend, screenwriter Frances Marion cared for her during the years from 1927 and gave her a contract with the studio MGM. First Dressler was used as a feisty older woman, happy as a landlady, so renters. With the actress Polly Moran, they appeared together in many bands, and formed a popular comedy team.
Initial successes in The Patsy and The Divine Lady made known to them. However, she had a breakthrough 1930, when she took in Greta Garbo's debut sound film, Anna Christie, the role of Marty, an embittered old prostitute. That same year she turned Min and Bill next to Wallace Beery, who was good 20 years her junior, played in the film but her husband. Min and Bill was the most financially successful bands of the year and Dressler was still in the same year a bankable movie star elected. From there, they played only in prestige productions, and especially during the Great Depression, she was the most popular actress of the United States.
1931, she won one Oscar for best actress for her role in Min and Bill, and was again nominated in 1932 for Emma. On 7 August 1933, she was on the cover of TIME magazine. That same year she played her most famous role, the impoverished stage actress Charlotte Vance in MGM's opulent filming of Broadwayhits Dinner at Eight. Dressler was announced even before John Barrymore, Jean Harlow and Wallace Beery. Tugboat Annie of the strips from the same year, they brought together again with Wallace Beery, was with the Queen Christina by Greta Garbo and Dancing Lady with Joan Crawford the third most Strip by MGM of the Year.
Early 1934 was diagnosed with a fatal illness. Louis B. Mayer gave her shortly before her death, a new, financially lucrative contract to help their morale.
1933 Dressler Frank Capra wanted to commit to the role of Apple Annie in his film version of Lady for a Day, but Louis B. Mayer would not let her go. The role went to May Robson, ironically, took over after Dressler's death some of her roles at MGM.
She was married from 1900 to 1906 with George Hoppert and had a daughter.
Dinner At Eight (1933)