To contact the Marie Dressler Foundation by mail or email, see our About Us page.
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Vintage Film Festival
The Foundation produces the Vintage Film Festival every year on a weekend in October. Full details here.
Marie Dressler House
The history of the Marie Dressler House is here. It is now the home of the Interactive Canadian Women in Film Museum.
Dressler House is located at:
212 King street West (Hwy 2),
Cobourg, Ontario, Canada.
The Marie Dressler Museum has been expanded and is now called "Canadian Women in Film Museum".
Opening hours for Summer 2022
Tuesday thru Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Visit the new museum's website here for details of how to book your visit at other times
Stephanie Kooman 2017
Graham Beer 2018
Ava Bogyay 2019
Mackenzie Earle 2017
Andrew Atanasoff 2019
Alyssa Brush - 2022
Juliette Sinnott 2019
Morgan Murray 2017
Kyler Tonkin 2017
Malcolm Jack - 2022
Georgia Callaghan - 2022
Carter Holmes 2017
Kieva Earle 2018
Olivia Rapsos 2019
Ben Hughes 2018
Isabell Haig - 2022
Sydney Stewart 2018
The Marie Dressler Story
Born in Cobourg, Canada - one of Hollywood's greatest stars
The Dressler Story: to Dream, to Dare, to Persist, to Win
Cobourg is the birthplace of Marie Dressler - one of the greatest comediennes of her generation and one of Hollywood's best loved stars.
This is the official site of the Marie Dressler Foundation whose mission is to make sure that Marie Dressler is remembered. The Foundation, a registered charity, was created to raise money to restore her house when it was burnt down in 1989 (More here).
Vintage FIlm Festival
Our largest activity has been the Vintage Film Festival which is held on a weekend in October every year.
Another major activity of the Foundation is to award scholarships/bursaries to students planning to pursue an education in the arts field. There is a list of previous scholarship winners here.
Also available on this site
- A complete biography.
- Information on her house where she was born
- Updates on Foundation Activity [News]
- Our list of her films
- Museum details (external site)
Bursary Applications for 2019
Students may now apply for a 2019 student bursary award from Marie Dressler Foundation.
- You are currently enrolled in a secondary school within Northumberland County
- You will be graduating this June
- You will be pursuing post-secondary education starting in September in the performing arts and related programs, including music, and media studies
- You have demonstrated commitment to excellence in your studies, your personal achievements and your contribution to your community
Four Bursaries each in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded this year.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: JUNE 4, 2019
Marie Dressler 150th Birthday Celebration
On November 9, Marie Dressler's 150th birthday was celebrated. She was born on November 9, 1868 and 73 came to her birthday party in the Art Gallery of Northumberland. In addition 18 members of La Jeunesse Choir entertained us. They performed "Singing in the Rain" in honour of Marie who sang this song in the 1929 Hollywood Revue as well as the requisite "Happy Birthday". Actress Carlotta Rutledge portrayed Marie and when the kids made birthday cards for Marie she presented them with presents.
In attendance were MPP David Piccini, Mayor Gil Brocanier and several Councillors. The party was kicked off by the Town crier Mandy Robinson.
The Photos in the slide show below give an idea of the event.
Opening of Exhibition “Cobourg’s Sweetheart”
On September 8, there was an opening reception to the Exhibit at the Art Gallery of Northumberland (AGN) that explores the Cobourg community’s relationship with Marie Dressler over the past 90 years. Part of the celebration of Marie’s 150th birthday, it was produced by the Marie Dressler Foundation and curated by Kristina Karakolis. Featuring historical images and documents, it tells the story of Marie with emphasis on her connection to Cobourg. Because of Marie’s film connection, two exhibits use TV monitors to show a video and trailers. The reception featured special 150th birthday cookies and welcomed a number of tourists who were in town at the time. In attendance were Mayor Gil Brocanier, Councillors Suzanne Seguin, Aaron Burchat and Debra McCarthy as well as previous Mayor Peter Delanty and of course the AGN's Executive Director Olinda Casimiro.
See the photos below for more - click any image to enlarge and access captions. Then scroll through them all.
Marie Dressler Events
Watch the video below to learn more about the Special Events happening in Cobourg in 2018 to celebrate Marie's 150th Birthday.
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