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
Olivia Rapsos 2019
Georgia Callaghan - 2022
Sydney Stewart 2018
Alyssa Brush - 2022
Graham Beer 2018
Ava Bogyay 2019
Ben Hughes 2018
Juliette Sinnott 2019
Kieva Earle 2018
Mackenzie Earle 2017
Stephanie Kooman 2017
Kyler Tonkin 2017
Andrew Atanasoff 2019
Morgan Murray 2017
Isabell Haig - 2022
Carter Holmes 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)
Marie Dressler Needs You
In preparation for the 150th anniversary of Marie's birth right here in Cobourg, the Marie Dressler Foundation is investing in the creation of a new "Marie Dressler Exhibition".
Planning is well underway. The concept and design work has been completed by students and staff at University of Toronto Museum Studies Masters Program. We have received a significant funding grant from the federal Canada150 program.
Corporate and personal donations have been generous to date. We are now over half-way to our goal of raising $100,000. to build the new Exhibition at Marie Dressler House, 212 King St. W., Cobourg.
We need your help to cross the finish line and get the Exhibition in place in 2016.
Please consider giving what you can to help Marie with her new Exhibition. Donate online here.
All donations of $20. or more will receive a CRA donation receipt.
2015 Bursaries awarded
Once again, the Marie Dressler Foundation awarded three talented local students $1000 each to help with their further education at University. The awards were made outside Dressler House on Saturday, June 27, 2015 by the Chair of the Marie Dressler Foundation, Rick Miller and the chair of the Vintage Film Festival, Cathie Houston. The 2015 winners were: Kieran Yates, St. Mary Secondary School; Sabina Litherland, Cobourg District Collegiate West; Connor Dobos, Cobourg District Collegiate West (photo at right).
Family members also came to watch as well as Foundation founding members Delphine and Bill Patchett, Barbara Garrick and Margaret Baily.
The winners were also presented with Bouquets of flowers - Bill Patchett told Connor that his mother would appreciate the flowers!
Success, Smiles and Surprises at the Dressler Bursary Awards
SMILES ALL AROUND is the only way to describe this happy scene beneath our new MARIE DRESSLER WAY sign on Dressler House lawn on Saturday July 19th, 2014.
Proudly presenting four local winners of Marie Dressler Foundation Bursaries are on the left, Cathie Houston, Vintage Film Festival Chair, and on the far right Rick Miller recently welcomed Dressler Foundation Chair.
Each student received a one thousand dollar cheque from Miller or Houston while photographers "snapped" and family and Foundation members, including John and Alma Draper provided the applause.
To our surprised delight Bradley Ace Martinez, An Award of Excellence Winner, at St. Mary's Secondary School, serenaded the gathering by playing his guitar (photo below) and singing a song of his own composition. Martinez, a teen "whose life is music" spoke of his plans to attend Metal Works Institute in Toronto where he can broaden his already comprehensive experience in musical creativity and performance. Bradley supported his high school activities by running light and sound boards and provided musical entertainment for events at the Columbus Community Centre.
Read more: Success, Smiles and Surprises at the Dressler Bursary Awards
Marie Dressler Birthday Celebration
The Marie Dressler Birthday Celebration was held on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 at the C. Gordon King Centre (Library). Birthday cake and tea was served at 1:30 p.m. after which Antonio Sarmiento introduced the Dressler hit film TUGBOAT ANNIE (1933 ) with the question 'Did Dressler save Hollywood?' The celebration ended with draws for door prizes. Tickets were $8.00 at the door.
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