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By Victoria Sturtevant

during this examine of Marie Dressler, MGM's so much ecocnomic celeb within the early Nineteen Thirties, Victoria Sturtevant analyzes Dressler's use of her physique to problem Hollywood's criteria for prime girls. At 5 toes seven inches tall and 200 kilos, Dressler frequently performed gruesome ducklings, outdated maids, doting moms, and imperious dowagers. although, her physique, her fearless physicality, and her athletic slapstick workouts commanded the monitor. Sturtevant translates the meanings of Dressler's physique by means of taking a look at her vaudeville occupation, her transgressive illustration of an "unruly" but sexual physique in Emma and Christopher Bean, principles of the physique politic within the motion pictures Politics and Prosperity, and Dressler as a mythic physique in Min and invoice and Tugboat Annie.

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