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There is now a photo of Cobourg’s Hollywood film star in the Citizen’s Forum in Victoria Hall.  At an unveiling ceremony today, Rick Miller – Marie Dressler Foundation chair – said that we not only have to remember but also to preserve our Heritage.  Mayor Gil Brocanier said that we need to tell the human side of the story.  At the age of 60, Marie Dressler won an Oscar for best actress at a time when glamorous young film stars were expected to win.

Marie Dressler Pic unveilingThe Marie Dressler Foundation was formed after Dressler House burned down in January 1989 with the objective of restoring the House and preserving the memory of Marie.  The effort was spearheaded by Bill Patchett and he and his wife Delphine were at the unveiling today.  In the last year, the Museum at Dressler House has had a major upgrade and promises to be a significant Tourist attraction in Cobourg.  Could Cobourg with its Art Gallery, Sifton-Cook Centre, Loft Cinema and now the Dressler Museum become “feel good” because of its culture?

The Marie Dressler Foundation is also active in Cobourg with the Vintage Film Festival sponsored in October, a Canada 150 DocFest in April 2017 and annual scholarships awarded.  More at the Marie Dressler website.



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