Dressler, Marie

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Dressler, Marie Gender: F
Von Koerber, Leila
born on 9 November 1868 at 19:14 (= 7:14 PM )
Place Cobourg, Canada, 43n58, 78w10
Timezone LMT m78w10 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating DD
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 17°56' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 20°02 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 02°26'

Marie Dressler


Canadian actress: Her debut in silent films was in Mack Sennett's first feature length movie, "Tillie's Punctured Romance" in 1914. The daughter of a music teacher, she joined a stock company at 14 and by the time she was 20 had become a seasoned veteran in light opera and stage. One of the nations leading comediennes, she remained essentially a vaudeville and musical comedy star until the enormous boost of prestige from her performance in "Anna Christie" in 1930. She won an Oscar as Best Actress in "Min and Bill" in 1931 and was nominated for Oscars in "A Ship Comes In," 1928 and for "Emma," 1932.

Dressler was a homely woman with an enormous girth, very unlikely star material, but in the early ‘30s she was among Hollywood’s most popular personalities. Her autobiography was candidly titled, "The Life Story of an Ugly Duckling." Also, according to her biographer, Betty Lee, Dressler seems to have been bisexual or lesbian: "Certainly Dressler enjoyed, even preferred, the company of women --particularly after [Jim] Dalton's death -- and many of them were openly lesbian. The actress's intimate association with astrologer Nella Webb could easily be interpreted as a lover's alliance. So could her close-knit relationship with her personal secretary, Claire Dubrey." Biographers Donald Spoto and Charles Higham say there has never been any evidence that Dressler was known in the movie community as a lesbian, though they also admit that this sort of behavior was seldom the subject of gossip at the time. However, composer David Diamond, who spent many years in the Hollywood of the 1930s, insists that Dressler was known as an active lesbian and was friendly with other well known lesbian actresses such as Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly." (pp. 186-187)

She died in 1934.

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  • Work : New Career 1892 (Broadway debut)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1914 (First feature film)
  • Work : Prize 1930 (Oscar Award for Best Actress)
  • Death, Cause unspecified 1934 (Age 65-66)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes Betty Lee, "Marie Dressler: The Unlikeliest Star," University Press of Kentucky, 1997, which cites birth records for November 9, 1868, Cobourg, Ontario, Canada. On page 5, she writes, "Over the years, Marie Dressler claimed to have been born in 1869 and 1870; her death certificate listed 1871. But the records of St. Peter's Anglican Church in Cobourg show that she was born in the small lakeside community on November 9, 1868, and baptized on June 27 the following year. The records also show that her original name was Leila Maria Koerber and that her parents were Anna

Henderson and Alexander Rudolph Koerber, a "professor of music."

(Formerly, 1869 was given by Nella Webb, Dressler's friend and astrologer, in Dell July/l927, with 7:14 PM.) (Sabian Symbols No.295 had 7:57 PM for 1869) Inasmuch as Dressler herself gave years that made her younger each decade, and Nella Webb is no longer available to question, the data is given with the confirmed birth year and a time that may be speculative. On the other hand, it is possible that Webb was given a wrong year by Dressler - or - that she herself deliberately gave a wrong year by Dressler's request.


  • Traits : Body : Appearance unattractive (Noted as homely, large woman)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Bi-Sexual
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Silents, talkies)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Child performer (Age 14)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage (Broadway, legitimate theater)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Night Club/ Vaudeville (Vaudeville)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Notable : Awards : Oscar (1931)
  • Notable : Book Collection : American Book