Marie Dressler was a Canadian-American stage and screen actress and early silent film and Depression-era film star. Successful on stage in vaudeville and comic operas, she was successful in film. In 1914, she was in the first full-length film comedy, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1931. Leaving home at the age of 14, Dressler built a career on stage in traveling theatre troupes. While not beautiful, she learned early to appreciate her talent in making people laugh. In 1892, she started a career on Broadway that lasted into the 1920s, performing comedic roles that allowed her to improvise to get laughs. From one of her successful Broadway roles, she played the titular role in the first full-length screen comedy, Tillie's Punctured Romance, opposite Charlie Chaplin and Mabel Normand, she made several shorts, but worked in New York City on stage. During World War I, along with other celebrities, she helped sell Liberty Bonds. In 1919, she helped organize the first union for stage chorus players.
Her career declined in the 1920s, Dressler was reduced to living on her savings while sharing an apartment with a friend. In 1927, she experienced a remarkable string of successes, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1930–31 for Min and Bill and was named the top film star for 1932 and 1933. She died of cancer in 1934. Marie Dressler’s original name was Leila Marie Koerber, she was born on November 1868, at Cobourg, Ontario. She was one of the two daughters of Anna, a musician, Alexander Rudolph Koerber, a German-born former officer in the Crimean War. Leila's elder sister, Bonita Louise Koerber married playwright Richard Ganthony, her father was a music teacher in Cobourg and the organist at St. Peter's Anglican Church, where as a child Marie would sing and assist in operating the organ. According to Dressler, the family moved from community to community during her childhood, it has been suggested by Cobourg historian Andrew Hewson that Dressler attended a private school, but this is doubtful if Dressler's recollections of the family's genteel poverty are accurate.
The Koerber family moved to the United States, where Alexander Koerber is known to have worked as a piano teacher in the late 1870s and early 1880s in Bay City and Saginaw as well as Findlay, Ohio. Her first known acting appearance was as Cupid at age five in a church theatrical performance in Lindsay, Ontario. Residents of the towns where the Koerbers lived recalled Dressler acting in many amateur productions, Leila irritated her parents with those performances. Dressler left home at 14 to begin her acting career with the Nevada Stock Company, telling the company she was 18; the pay was either $6 or $8 per week, Dressler sent half to her mother. At this time, Dressler adopted the name of an aunt as her stage name. According to Dressler, her father objected to her using the name of Koerber; the identity of the aunt was never confirmed, although Dressler denied that she adopted the name from a store awning. Dressler's sister Bonita, five years older, left home at about the same time. Bonita worked in the opera company.
The Nevada Stock Company was a travelling company that played in the American Midwest. Dressler described the troupe as a "wonderful school in many ways. A bill was changed on an hour's notice or less; every member of the cast had to be a quick study". Dressler made her professional debut as a chorus girl named Cigarette in the play Under Two Flags, a dramatization of life in the Foreign Legion. Dressler remained with the troupe for three years, while her sister left to marry playwright Richard Ganthony; the company ended up in a small Michigan town without money or a booking. Dressler joined the Robert Grau Opera Company, which toured the Midwest, she received an improvement in pay to $8 per week, although Dressler claimed she never received any wages. Dressler ended up in Philadelphia, where she joined the Starr Opera Company as a member of the chorus. A highlight with the Starr company was portraying Katisha in The Mikado when the regular actress was unable to go on, due to a sprained ankle, according to Dressler.
She was known to have played the role of Princess Flametta in an 1887 production in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She left the Starr company to return home to her parents in Saginaw. According to Dressler, when the Bennett and Moulton Opera Company came to town, she was chosen from the church choir by the company's manager and asked to join the company, she remained with the company for three years, again on the road. Dressler would recall specially the role of Barbara in The Black Hussars, which she liked, in which she would hit a baseball into the stands. Dressler remained with the company until 1891 increasing in popularity, she moved to Chicago and was cast in productions of Little Robinson Crusoe and The Tar and the Tartar. After the touring production of The Tar and the Tartar came to a close, she moved to New York City. In 1892, Dressler made her debut on Broadway at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in Waldemar, the Robber of the Rhine, which only lasted five weeks, she had hoped to become an operatic diva or tragedienne, but the writer of Waldemar, Maurice Barrymore, convinced her to accept that her best success was in comedy roles.
Years she appeared with his sons and John, in motion pictures and became good friends with his daughter, actress Ethel Barrymore. In 1893, she was cast as the D
Marina Valterovna Sanaya was a figure skating official and competitor who represented the Soviet Union. Competing at the age of 13, she placed 18th at the 1972 Winter Olympics. Born in Moscow, Marina Sanaya was the daughter of Walter Sanaya, who served as a football goalkeeper for FC Dynamo Moscow and FC Dinamo Tbilisi in the 1950s, she started skating at the age of six at CSKA Moscow. At age 13, Sanaya represented the Soviet Union at the 1972 European Championships in Gothenburg, where she placed 23rd, at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, where she ranked 18th; the following season, she finished 11th at the 1973 European Championships in Cologne and 16th at the 1973 World Championships in Bratislava. Her coaches included Nina Zhuk, Sergei Chetverukhin, Aleksandr Gorelik. Following her retirement from competition, Sanaya became a skating official and served as a judge, technical controller, referee, she was the judge for Russia during the pairs event at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Sanaya was honored at the Ice Theatre of New York's annual benefit gala in 2008.
She died in October 2016. At the time of her death she resided in Englewood, Colorado
Martin H. Hiller is an entrepreneur and a principal in North Shore Holdings, LLC, with interests in aviation and minerals. Primary aviation activities involve the ownership of fixed-base operations, including Marathon Jet Center and Marathon General Aviation in Marathon, Florida. Hiller Carbon, a North Shore Holdings subsidiary, provides carbon and specialty minerals to steel and plastics industries. Within the aviation industry, Hiller is most known for the ownership of The Hiller Group, a leading supplier of branded fuel to over 600 airports in North America; the Hiller Group, Inc. was acquired by World Fuel Services in December 2010. Hiller is the current Chief Executive Officer of Hiller Carbon, a leading supplier of carbon to steel mills and foundries. Hiller Fuels, Inc. In 1982, Marty joined the family’s coal mining company, Hiller Fuels, Inc. which provided bituminous coal to industrial customers. This entity was sold in 1983, to Nerco Coal Company, a corporation owned by Pacific Corp Holdings, a Berkshire Hathaway Company.
Hiller managed the joint venture entity Nerco Hiller Coal Company. The Hiller Group, Inc. In 1985, The Hiller Group was founded as wholesale energy supplier. Hiller led the company as Vice President. By 1990, he became the CEO of the company. In 1995, he became the sole shareholder; the Hiller Group, a major distributor of Chevron branded aviation fuels in the eastern United States, expanded its US marketing territory through the purchase of Air Petro Corporation, a leading supplier of Chevron branded aviation fuels in the western United States. The deal was finalized May 1, 2010; the Hiller Group, Inc. grew to become one of the largest aviation fuel distribution companies in the United States, representing the Chevron and Phillips 66 brands. Both Hiller and the company received many awards for business excellence, including being recognized as one of the top 150 held companies and the 100 fastest growing companies in Florida; the sale of the company led to the consolidation of the wholesale aviation fuel suppliers within the United States.
World Fuel Services In December 2010, he sold The Hiller Group to World Fuel Services a company ranking in the top Fortune 50, the largest public company in Florida. As part of the Hiller Group sale, Hiller joined World Fuel Services, he held this position until September 2013. Hiller Carbon Hiller is the CEO of Hiller Carbon, a custom carbon and mineral processing company headquartered in Tampa, Florida; the company supplies carbon and specialty minerals to steel, foundry and plastics customers in both domestic and international markets. He is credited with creating the concept and trademark Power of P3-Quality People, Quality Processes, Quality Products. National Air Transportation Association Marty was named President of the National Air Transportation Association in August 2016, after 6 years of service on the NATA Board of Directors. NATA represents aeronautical service providers at over 2,300 locations in the U. S. and beyond. NATA’s members own and service general aviation and military aircraft.
Hiller leads a skilled group of professionals that provide advocacy on legislative and regulatory issues before federal and local governments. NATA provides an array of member services including the renowned Safety 1st Program, viewed as the “Gold Standard” for training professional line service personnel and other staff. Hiller received the highest annual honor from NATA - The William A. "Bill" Ong Memorial Award - at the Awards Presentation Luncheon on June 18, 2019. The award is given for extraordinary achievement and extended meritorious service to the general aviation industry. Hiller lives in Anna Maria Island, Florida with his wife Janice Hiller, they have three children together: Wesley and Jordan