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Louise Dresser (1878–1965)


This knowing, plump-framed, strong-willed actress went on to play the gamut of emotions, from downtrodden, drunken ex-stars to self-controlled dowager empresses, in both silent pictures and early talkies. Grandly supporting the huge stars of her day (including Rudolph Valentino and Will Rogers), she actually started out as a celebrated singer from... See full bio »

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Known For

The Scarlet Empress Empress Elizabeth Petrovna
(1934)
The Eagle The Czarina
(1925)
David Harum Polly Harum
(1934)
A Girl of the Limberlost Katherine Comstock
(1934)

Filmography

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 1937 Maid of Salem
Ellen Clarke - Barbara's Aunt
 1935 The County Chairman
Mrs. Rigby
 1934 A Girl of the Limberlost
Katherine Comstock
 1934 Servants' Entrance
Mrs. Hansen
 1934 The World Moves On
Baroness von Gerhardt
 1934 The Scarlet Empress
Empress Elizabeth Petrovna
 1934 David Harum
Polly Harum
 1934/I Hollywood on Parade (Short)
 1933 Cradle Song
Prioress
 1933 Doctor Bull
Mrs. Herbert Banning
 1933 Song of the Eagle
Emma Hoffman
 1933 State Fair
Melissa Frake
 1932 Stepping Sisters
Mrs. Cissie Ramsey nee Black
 1931 Caught
Calamity Jane
 1930 Lightnin'
Mrs. Mary Jones
 1930 This Mad World
Pauline Parisot - Paul's Mother
 1930 The Three Sisters
Marta
 1930 Mammy
Mother Fuller
 1929 Madonna of Avenue A
Georgia Morton
 1929 Not Quite Decent
Mame Jarrow
 1928 The Air Circus
Mrs. Blake
 1928 Mother Knows Best
Ma Quail
 1928 The Garden of Eden
Rosa
 1928 A Ship Comes In
Mrs. Pleznik
 1927 Mr. Wu
Mrs. Gregory
 1927 White Flannels
Mrs. Jacob Politz
 1926 The Third Degree
Alicia Daly
 1926 Everybody's Acting
Anastasia Potter
 1926 Gigolo
Julia Gory
 1926 Broken Hearts of Hollywood
Virginia Perry
 1926 Padlocked
Mrs. Alcott
 1926 The Blind Goddess
Mrs. Eileen Clayton
 1926 Fifth Avenue
Claudine Kemp
 1925 The Eagle
The Czarina
 1925 The Goose Woman
Marie de Nardi / Mary Holmes
 1925 Enticement
Mrs. Samuel Murray
 1925 Percy
Mrs. Rogers
 1924 Cheap Kisses
Jane Dillingham
 1924 The City That Never Sleeps
Mother O'Day
 1924 What Shall I Do?
Mrs. McLean
 1924 The Next Corner
Nina Race
 1923 To the Ladies
Mrs. Kincaid
 1923 Woman-Proof
Wilma Rockwood
 1923 Ruggles of Red Gap
Mrs. Effie Floud
 1923 Salomy Jane
Mrs. Pete
 1923 Prodigal Daughters
Mrs. Forbes
 1923 The Fog
Mrs. Theddon
 1922 Enter Madame
Mrs. Flora Preston
 1922 Burning Sands
Kate Bindane
 1922 The Glory of Clementina
Lena Fontaine
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Clementine") in "The Girls of Gottenberg" on Broadway. Musical comedy. Music by Ivan Caryll and Lionel Monckton. Book by L.E. Berman and George Grossmith Lyrics by Adrian Ross and Basil Hood. Featuring songs by W.T. Francis and Jerome Kern. Featuring songs with lyrics by George Grossmith Jr. and Lionel Monckton. ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 5 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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Trivia:

She was the daughter of a railroad engineer who had once stopped some rowdies from badgering a very chubby-sized newsboy on the train. That newsboy later became the celebrated composer Paul Dresser, and it was he who, in grateful memory of her father, gave Louise her stage name and wrote "My Gal Sal" for her to sing. See more »

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