Louise Dresser was an American actress. Born Louise Josephine Kerlin in Evansville, Indiana, her first film was The Glory of Clementina, and her first starring role was in The City that Never Sleeps. She 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 20th century. During the first presentations of the Academy Awards in 1929 she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for A Ship Comes In.
She portrayed Empress Elizabeth in Paramount Pictures's The Scarlet Empress. Dresser's last film was Maid of Salem. On television, she appeared in an episode spotlighting Buster Keaton on Ralph Edwards's program, This is Your Life. She had known Keaton since he was a small boy with his parents in vaudeville.