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Portrait of Marie Dressler
Although she did not consider herself movie-star petite or pretty, Marie Dressler's expressive face and superb comedic timing made her a beloved figure during Hollywood's Golden Age. The Canadian born actress was 42 when she moved from the stage to her first feature film alongside Charlie Chaplin in 1914. She became a top box office attraction in the early 1930s. Dressler won a best-actress Oscar in 1931 for "Min and Bill" and another nomination a year later for "Emma". This full body-length photograph conveys the expressive presence that Dressler had on her public. As the viewer focuses on Dressler's face, one wonders just what Dressler has seen to make her react in such a comedic manner.