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 2023
By appointment only - see About Us page
Visit the new museum's website here for details of how to book your visit at other times
Malcolm Jack - 2022
Graham Beer 2018
Morgan Murray 2017
Alyssa Brush - 2022
Isabell Haig - 2022
Sydney Stewart 2018
Kyler Tonkin 2017
Carter Holmes 2017
Kieva Earle 2018
Stephanie Kooman 2017
Ava Bogyay 2019
Andrew Atanasoff 2019
Olivia Rapsos 2019
Georgia Callaghan - 2022
Juliette Sinnott 2019
Ben Hughes 2018
Mackenzie Earle 2017
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)
Cobourg's Sweetheart: Celebrating Marie Dressler
Opening on Saturday September 8, 2018 - Closes on November 10, 2018
Held at Art Gallery of Northumberland, West Wing, 3rd floor, Victoria Hall, Cobourg
The exhibition will actively demonstrate the connection, in both past and present, to Marie Dressler and the Town of Cobourg. Visitors will leave with an understanding of who Marie Dressler was, what she meant to Cobourg, and what she means today.
The exhibition will also highlight the importance of preserving heritage by addressing topics of oral histories, commemorative plaques, and ways in which the community shares in the development of storytelling and heritage preservation.
Women and Hollywood
September 14, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Concert Hall, 2nd floor, Victoria Hall, Cobourg
The Board of Directors of Marie Dressler Foundation are pleased to announce a thought-provoking evening entitled “Women and Hollywood” on September 14th at the Concert Hall, Victoria Hall, Cobourg.
“Cobourg-born Academy Award winner Marie Dressler was an early celebrity champion of opportunities for women”, said Rick Miller, President & Chair, Marie Dressler Foundation. “Some ninety years later, opportunities for women is still an important issue. With this in mind, to celebrate Marie Dressler’s 150th birthday, we have arranged an interesting pair of talks”, added Miller.
Marie Dressler’s 150th Birthday Celebrations Announced
The Hon. Daiene Vernile, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport came to Cobourg on February 5th and visited the Marie Dressler Museum. The occasion was the announcement of a program of events in 2018 celebrating Marie Dressler’s 150th birthday. Daiene was suitably impressed with the Museum and with the efforts made by Cobourg to preserve our Heritage and provide things for tourists and residents to do. Also at the event were MPP Lou Rinaldi, Town of Cobourg Director Dean Hustwick and the County’s Tourism manager Eileen Lum. Marie Dressler Foundation Chair, Rick Miller, showed the Minister the features of the Museum and finished with a video about how it came to be plus an announcement of upcoming events. Daiene remarked that we need to make our treasures work and Lou commented that it’s good to preserve our history.
Read more: Marie Dressler’s 150th Birthday Celebrations Announced
2017 Birthday Celebration for Marie Dressler
November 9th is Marie Dressler's 149th birthday so the Dressler Foundation put on a big celebration for her. The celebration featured a professionally made documentary of how the community came together to build the museum, free Marie Dressler Butter Tarts (and coffee) and then followed this with a screening of one of Marie Dressler's earliest movies, Tillie Wakes Up, made in 1917. (The Butter tarts were designed by Stephanie Harrington at the Dutch Oven).
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