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Marie Dressler: A Biography; with a Listing of Major Stage Performances, a Filmography and a Discography
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Marie Dressler: A Biography; with a Listing of Major Stage Performances, a Filmography and a Discography

by Matthew Kennedy
 

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Early in the century, Marie Dressler was hailed as one of America's finest comics, with a 20-year string of Broadway and vaudeville successes including The Lady Slavey, Miss Prinnt, Higgledy Piggledy, The Man in the Moon, and Tillie's Nightmare. She starred with Charlie Chaplin in the first ever feature-length comedy Tillie's Punctured Romance and later in Min and

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Early in the century, Marie Dressler was hailed as one of America's finest comics, with a 20-year string of Broadway and vaudeville successes including The Lady Slavey, Miss Prinnt, Higgledy Piggledy, The Man in the Moon, and Tillie's Nightmare. She starred with Charlie Chaplin in the first ever feature-length comedy Tillie's Punctured Romance and later in Min and Bill for which she won an Academy Award. A brilliant comedienne in body, timing, inflection and reactions, her talents far exceeded the expectations of slapstick, and her movies earned sums far greater than those of Garbo, or Harlow, or even Gable.

This work examines Dressler's life from vaudeville to talkies. Based on extensive research and interviews with Dressler's surviving friends, co-stars and colleagues, including Maureen O'Sullivan, Jackie Cooper and Anita Page, it details her public and personal successes and failures. A listing of her stage appearances, vocal recordings and films is included.

Editorial Reviews

Past Times
excellent...written with flair and impressively researched, it eloquently conveys the mixture of laughter and tears which marked the comedienne's art and life...one of the finest McFarland books of recent years
The Silents Majority
meticulous research...a must read
Bay Area Reporter
highly readable...Kennedy writes with wit and has performed remarkable research...well-illustrated

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786428441
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
07/05/2006
Pages:
279
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Kennedy is a film critic for Bright Lights Film Journal. Visit his website at www.matthewkennedybooks.com.

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