Valentina Cortese (born January 1, 1925) is an Italian actress.
She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in La Nuit américaine. She also appeared in the Franco Zeffirelli miniseries Jesus of Nazareth (movie).
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Always seeing herself as physically unattractive, she wrote an autobiography, The Life Story of an Ugly Duckling. In all, Marie Dressler appeared in more than 40 films. However, her career came to an abrupt end when she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Dressler followed these successes with more hits in 1933 and made the cover of the August 7, 1933 issue of Time magazine.
It was a break that helped launch his career. With that film, Dressler demonstrated her profound generosity to other performers: Dressler personally insisted that her studio bosses cast a friend of hers and then largely unknown young actor, Richard Cromwell, in the lead opposite her. Dressler was nominated again for Best Actress for her 1932 role as Emma. For her starring portrayal in Min and Bill she won the 1931 Academy Award for Best Actress.
In addition to her comedic genius, she also demonstrated her considerable talents by taking on serious roles. Although past sixty years of age, she quickly became Hollywood’s number one box office attraction and stayed on top for four straight years. A robust woman of very plain features, Marie Dressler’s comedy films were very popular with the movie-going public and an equally lucrative investment for MGM. It would turn out to be another Canadian who gave her the opportunity to return to motion pictures, MGM studio boss Louis B. Mayer who called her "the most adored person ever to set foot in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio.".
In 1927, she had been secretly blacklisted by the theater production companies due to her strong stance in a labor dispute. Dressler appeared in two more "Tillie" sequels plus other comedies until 1918 when she returned to work in vaudeville. In addition to her stage work, Dressler recorded for Edison Records in 1909 and 1910. After Sennett became the owner of his namesake motion picture studio, he convinced Dressler to star in his 1914 film Tillie's Punctured Romance opposite Sennett’s newly discovered actor, Charlie Chaplin. In 1902, she met fellow Canadian, Mack Sennett, and helped him get a job in the theater.
During the early 1900s, she became a major vaudeville star. At first she hoped to make a career of singing light Opera, but then gravitated to Vaudeville. At the age of 14, she began her acting career in theatre, and in 1892 she made her debut on Broadway. Born Leila Marie Koerber in Cobourg, Ontario, she became a leading comedienne during the silent film era.
Marie Dressler (November 9, 1868 - July 28, 1934) was a Canadian actress. Tillie's Punctured Romance - (1914). Tillie's Tomato Surprise - (1915). Tillie Wakes Up - (1917).
The Scrub Lady - (1917). The Agonies of Agnes - (1918). The Red Cross Nurse - (1918). The Callahans and the Murphys - (1927).
The Joy Girl - (1927). Breakfast at Sunrise - (1927). Bringing Up Father - (1928). The Patsy - (1928).
The Divine Lady - (1929). The Hollywood Revue of 1929 - (1929). Dangerous Females - (1929). The Vagabond Lover - (1929).
Voice of Hollywood - (1929). Chasing Rainbows - (1930). The Girl Said No - (1930). One Romantic Night - (1930).
Caught Short - (1930). Let Us Be Gay - (1930). Derelict - (1930). Anna Christie (1930).
The March of Time - (1930). Min and Bill - (1931). Reducing - (1931). Politics - (1931).
The Christmas Party - (1931). Emma - (1932). Prosperity - (1932). Tugboat Annie - (1933).
Dinner at Eight - (1933). Christopher Bean - (1933). Going Hollywood - (1933).