Louise Dresser Overview:

Legendary actress, Louise Dresser, was born Lulu Josephine Kerlin on Oct 5, 1878 in Evansville, IN. Dresser died at the age of 86 on Apr 24, 1965 in Woodland Hills, CA .



Although Dresser was nominated for one Oscar, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1927/28Best ActressA Ship Comes In (1928)Mrs. PleznikNominated

She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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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-last-century whose best-known songs today are "My Gal Sal" and "On The Banks of the Wabash Far Away.".

Called "Lulie" as a child.

She was the daughter of a railroad engineer who had once stopped some rowdies from badgering a very chubby-sized newsboy on the train. That newsboy later became the celebrated composer Paul Dresser, and it was he who, in grateful memory of her father, gave Louise her stage name and wrote "My Gal Sal" for her to sing.

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