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By Victoria Sturtevant

In the 1st book-length research of Marie Dressler, MGM's so much ecocnomic celebrity within the early Thirties, Victoria Sturtevant analyzes Dressler's use of her physique to problem Hollywood's criteria for top girls. At 5 toes seven inches tall and 2 hundred kilos, Dressler frequently performed grotesque ducklings, previous maids, doting moms, and imperious dowagers. notwithstanding, her physique, her fearless physicality, and her athletic slapstick exercises commanded the monitor. Sturtevant translates the meanings of Dressler's physique by way of her vaudeville profession, her transgressive illustration of an "unruly" but sexual physique in Emma and Christopher Bean, rules of the physique politic within the movies Politics and Prosperity, and Dressler as a mythic physique in Min and Bill and Tugboat Annie.

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