Vintage Film Festival
The Foundation produces the Vintage Film Festival every year on a weekend in October.
Full details here.
Marie Dressler Needs You
Dressler House currently operates as Cobourg's Tourist Information office as well as housing the small Marie Dressler Museum. Note that the Museum is closed for renovations until Sept. 24, 2016. Dressler House is located at:
212 King street West (Hwy 2),
Cobourg, Ontario, Canada.
Weekdays: 9:00 - 5:00
Weekends: 10:00 - 4:00
Weekdays: 9:00 - 5:00
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). The largest current activity is the Vintage Film Festival which is held on the last weekend in October every year.
Another major activity of the Foundation is to award scholarships to students planning to pursue an education in the arts field - preferably film arts. There is a list of previous scholarship winners here. The 2015 winners were presented with their awards at Dressler House on June 27 - see the story with photos here. For more information on how to apply, go here.
Also available on this site
If you are familiar with the previous museum, you will see that the new one is totally different. The room is larger, the walls have been repainted (a great colour), there are new displays and many of the displays are interactive. The interface to control what you see on displays is via ipads and in some cases you can listen. Although the appearance is open and uncluttered, there is plenty of information to be had. Some artifacts are on display although the photos are not the originals - these are kept in the Northumberland County archives.
Chex-TV announced the upcoming opening of the Museum on September 24 with a short news item. In one and a half minutes they showed the house, talked about the Museum and had both Foundation Chair Rick Miller and Museum build project manager Britney Sproule talk about Marie. See the clip below. Looks good on full screen!
The Board of Directors of Marie Dressler Foundation is excited to announce the opening of Canada's newest heritage museum.
The new Marie Dressler Museum highlights the achievements of the Cobourg-born star of stage and screen, winner of the 1931 Academy Award for Best Actress at age 63, top grossing actor in Hollywood in both 1932 and 1933 and the best loved comedienne of her time.
The Town of Cobourg has proclaimed September 24th to be "Marie Dressler Celebration Day". The official opening of the museum will be a public event held at 1:00 p.m. at Marie Dressler House, 212 King Street West, Cobourg.
On August 30, Rick Miller, Chair of the Marie Dressler Foundation was interviewed on Northumberland FM 98.7, a local Radio station. The show was called "In Your Own Backyard" and Rick talked for about 50 minutes on a range of subjects including the early life of Marie Dressler, the Museum being rebuilt in Marie Dressler House, the Vintage Film Festival, an upcoming (2017) documentary Film Festival, the Bursaries being provided for local students and more. You can listen to the interview below.