Louise Dresser

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Louise Dresser
Louise Josephine Kerlin

(1878-10-05)October 5, 1878
DiedApril 24, 1965(1965-04-24) (aged 86)
Years active1922 – 1937
Spouse(s)Jack Norworth (1899-1907) (divorced)
Jack Gardner (1908-1950) (his death)

Louise Dresser (October 5, 1878 – April 24, 1965) was an American actress.[1]

Early years[edit]

Born Louise Josephine Kerlin[2] in Evansville, Indiana. Her father was a train conductor who died when she was 15 years old.


Dresser took her professional last name as a tribute to her good friend, songwriter Paul Dresser, who was a popular songwriter of the turn of the 20th century.

She had acted on the stage, being a Vaudeville singer at age 15. Her first film was The Glory of Clementina (1922), and her first starring role was in The City that Never Sleeps (1924).

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.


During the first presentations of the Academy Awards in 1929 Dresser was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for A Ship Comes In.

Personal life[edit]

Dresser was married twice. Her first marriage was to singer/songwriter Jack Norworth, whom she divorced. She then wed Jack Gardner, and they remained together until his death in 1950. Neither union produced any children.

Dresser died in Woodland Hills, California, after surgery for an intestinal ailment. Her gravesite is at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.





External links[edit]

Louise Dresser in a 1900 vaudeville show