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Marie Dressler: From MGM Stardom to Lesbian Rumors | Q&A with Biographer Matthew Kennedy

Marie Dressler in Dinner at 8 It's Oscar time. What better way to celebrate the 2008 Academy Awards than by having a q&a about the best actress Oscar winner … of 1931? (Or rather, for the period 1930-31, as the Oscars in those days covered films released in the Los Angeles area from August 1 to July 31.) And who was the best actress winner that year? Well, none other than – according to US film exhibitors' polls – the biggest box office attraction in the United States of the early 1930s. That's Joan Crawford, right? Wrong. Norma Shearer? Greta Garbo? Barbara Stanwyck? Jean Harlow? Nope. Betty Grable! Go get yourself a film history book. Grable was the biggest female […]


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Marie Dressler: From MGM Stardom to Lesbian Rumors | Q&A with Biographer Matthew Kennedy