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Louise Dresser

Louise Dresser
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Birth nameLouise Josephine Kerlin
Birth dateOctober 5, 1878
Place of birthEvansville, Indiana, United States
Date of deathApril 24, 1965(age 86)
Death placeWoodland Hills, California, United States
Years active1922 - 1937
SpouseJack Gardner
Jack Norworth

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Louise Dresser (October 5, 1878 - April 24, 1965) was an American actress.

Born Louise Josephine Kerlin in Evansville, Indiana. Her father was a train conductor who died when she was fifteen years old. She had acted on the stage previously, being a Vaudeville singer at age fifteen and her first film was The Glory of Clementina (1922), and her first starring role was in The City that Never Sleeps (1924).

She took her professional last name as a tribute to her good friend, songwriter Paul Dresser. Dresser, the elder brother of novelist Theodore Dreiser, was a popular songwriter of the turn of the 20th century. During the first presentations of the Academy Awards in 1929 she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for A Ship Comes In.

She portrayed Empress Elizabeth in Paramount Pictures's The Scarlet Empress (1934). Dresser's last film was Maid of Salem (1937). On television, she appeared in an episode spotlighting Buster Keaton on Ralph Edwards's program, This is Your Life. She had known Keaton since he was a small boy with his parents in vaudeville.

She was married twice. First, to Jack Gardner, who died in 1951, and to singer/songwriter, Jack Norworth, whom she divorced. Dresser died in Woodland Hills, California, after surgery for an intestinal ailment, and was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. Dresser died without issue.

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