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Louise Dresser

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Her profession spanned over the vaudeville and silent film era films like Enter Madame and Prodigal Daughters. Performing in a variety of choirs and stage displays from an early on age. By enough time she was 16 she composed her mind to hightail it from your home and sign up for vaudeville. She performed a role across the biggest celebrities of vaudeville and supported leading women and men like Rudloph Valentino and Marlene Dietrich. She was created Louise Josephine Kerlin. Her dad William Kerlin was railroad engineer. When still on vaudeville, she performed on the tour from the Keith Circuit alongside a pianist called George Gershwin.

Quick Facts


Full Name Louise Dresser
Date Of Birth October 5, 1878
Died April 24, 1965, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth Indiana
Profession Movie Actress
Nationality American
Spouse Jack Gardner, Jack Norworth
Parents Ida Kerlin, William Kerlin
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actress
Movies The Scarlet Empress, The Eagle, A Ship Comes In, The Goose Woman, State Fair, Mr. Wu, The Garden of Eden, Doctor Bull, David Harum, The World Moves On, Maid of Salem, Not Quite Decent, Servants' Entrance, Madonna of Avenue A, Broken Hearts of Hollywood, Woman-Proof, The Next Corner, The Blind Goddess, Mammy, The County Chairman, The Air Circus, Gigolo, The Shadow of Chikara, Three-Cornered Moon, Lightnin', The Third Degree, Burning Sands, The City That Never Sleeps, Song of the Eagle, Ruggles of Red Gap, This Mad World, To the Ladies, The Three Sisters, Padlocked, Enter Madame, Mother Knows Best, Everybody's Acting, White Flannels, Stepping Sisters, Percy, Caught
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#Fact
1 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.
2 Called "Lulie" as a child.
3 Took her professional last name as a tribute to her good friend, songwriter 'Paul Dresser' (qav). Dresser, the elder brother of novelist Theodore Dreiser, was a popular songwriter of the turn-of-the-last-century whose best-known songs today are "My Gal Sal" and "On The Banks of the Wabash Far Away".
4 During the first presentations of the Academy Awards she received a citation of merit.
5 Died after surgery for intestinal ailment in Woodland Hills, CA.


Actress

Actress

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

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
This Is Your Life 1957 TV Series Herself
The City of Stars 1924 Short Herself
Screen Snapshots, Series 3, No. 17 1923 Documentary short Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies 1995 TV Movie documentary Empress Elizabeth Petrovna, 'The Scarlet Empress' (uncredited)
Hollywood Mavericks 1990 Documentary Empress Elizabeth Petrovna
Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow 1987 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Hollywood 1980 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
The Legend of Rudolph Valentino 1961 Video documentary Herself
Lest We Forget 1937 Short Clip from: David Harum (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 6538 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1929 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role A Ship Comes In (1928)

TitleSalary
The Eagle (1925) $3,000 /week
The Goose Woman (1925) $350 /week


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