Claire Trevor

Known among aficionados as "The Queen of Film Noir," Claire Trevor could play any number of heroines, but she proved particularly suited to the shadowy world of crime and mystery showcased in numerous films in the 1940s ... Read more »
Born: 03/08/1910 in New York City, New York, USA


Actor (26)

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


Edward G. Robinson: Little Big Man 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


Norman Rockwell's Breaking Home Ties 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


Kiss Me Goodbye 1982 (Movie)

Charlotte (Actor)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955 - 1965 (TV Show)


How to Murder Your Wife 1965 (Movie)

Edna (Actor)

The Stripper 1963 (Movie)

Helen Baird (Actor)

Two Weeks in Another Town 1961 (Movie)

Clara (Actor)

The Desilu Playhouse 1958 - 1960 (TV Show)


The Lux Video Theater 1950 - 1960 (TV Show)


Marjorie Morningstar 1958 (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

The Mountain 1956 (Movie)

Marie (Actor)

Lucy Gallant 1955 (Movie)

Lady MacBeth (Actor)

Man Without a Star 1955 (Movie)

Idonee (Actor)

The High and the Mighty 1954 (Movie)

May Holst (Actor)

Key Largo 1948 (Movie)


The Velvet Touch 1948 (Movie)

Marian Webster (Actor)

Born to Kill 1947 (Movie)

Helen Trent (Actor)

The Desperadoes 1942 (Movie)

The Countess (Actor)

The Woman of the Town 1942 (Movie)

Dora Hand (Actor)

Dark Command 1939 (Movie)

Mary McCloud (Actor)

Stagecoach 1939 (Movie)

Dallas (Actor)

Allegheny Uprising 1938 (Movie)


The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse 1937 (Movie)

Jo Keller (Actor)

Dead End 1936 (Movie)



Known among aficionados as "The Queen of Film Noir," Claire Trevor could play any number of heroines, but she proved particularly suited to the shadowy world of crime and mystery showcased in numerous films in the 1940s and 1950s. While not as glamorous as the most prominent actresses of the time, the husky-voiced blonde still captivated through force of character and the sincerity she brought to much of her work. Following some stage assignments and a few undistinguished programmers, Trevor gained her first significant industry attention via an Oscar-nominated performance in "Dead End" (1937). However, it was John Ford's superb Western "Stagecoach" (1939) that really put Trevor on the map and she enjoyed lead roles in several major productions during the years that followed. Her turns in the superior film noir thrillers "Murder, My Sweet" (1944), "Born to Kill" (1947), "Raw Deal" (1948), and "Key Largo" (1948) established Trevor as one of its premiere players and she excelled as both determined heroines and debased antagonists. "Key Largo" also brought Trevor her only Academy Award and the powerful work she did in that John Huston classic as a deglamorized, desperate alcoholic provided a potent demonstration of her value as a character actress. Later regarded by some as more of a cult actress than a true Golden Age movie star, Trevor's filmography contained many persuasive examples of her versatility, which also extended to her stage and television assignments.


Clark Andrews

married in 1938 divorced in 1942 had directed segments of "Big Town"

Milton Bren

married from 1948 until his death from a brain tumor in 1979

Donald Bren

chairman of Irvine Company reportedly a billionaire survived her

Peter Bren

survived her

Cyclos Dunsmoore

married in 1943 divorced in 1947

Charles Dunsmoore

born in 1944 died in a 1978 airline crash father, Cyclos Dunsmoore

Noel Wemlinger

French born in Paris lost his business during the Depression

Betty Wemlinger

Irish born in Belfast


American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York

Columbia University

New York , New York
dropped out to attend American Academy of Dramatic Arts



Last TV appearance on the Academy Awards telecast, as part of a salute to previous award winners


Final acting role, in the ABC TV-movie "Norman Rockwell's Breaking Home Ties"


Final film, playing Sally Field's mother in "Kiss Me Goodbye"


Last film for 15 years, "The Cape Town Affair"


Cast as Joanne Woodward's mother in "The Stripper"


Played Robinson's shrewish wife in "Two Weeks in Another Town"


Co-starred in "Marjorie Morningstar"


Starred opposite Fredric March in TV version of "Dodsworth"; earned Emmy Award


Received Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her spunky turn as a passenger on a troubled airplane in "The High and the Mighty"


Offered Oscar-winning turn as Edward G Robinson's alcoholic moll in the crime drama "Key Largo"


Appeared on Broadway in "The Big Two"; show closed after 21 performances


Appeared with Dick Powell (as private eye Philip Marlowe) in "Murder, My Sweet", adapted from Raymond Chandler's "Farewell My Lovely"


Co-starred in "The Desperados"


Was top-billed as a hard-bitten woman of questionable virtue in "Stagecoach"; first of four films with John Wayne John Wayne


Reteamed with Bogart on "The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse"


Breakthough film role, an Oscar-nominated supporting turn as Humphrey Bogart's girlfriend in "Dead End"


Co-starred with Edward G Robinson in the radio drama "Big Town"


Cast as Shirley Temple's mother in "Baby Takes a Bow"


Feature film debut, "Life in the Raw"


Appeared opposite Spencer Tracy in "The Mad Game"


Acted on Broadway in "Whistling in the Dark"

Starred in the Broadway production of "Dark Victory"

Signed to a contract by Warner Bros.; acted in a series of short films; then spent 10 weeks in St Louis performing on stage with other contract players

Returned to Warner Bros. after Daryl Zanuck's lack of faith in her talent became apparent

Reportedly declined a contract offer from MGM to concentrate on theater

First film appearance in Vitaphone shorts filmed in Brooklyn

Raised in Larchmont, New York

Made TV debut in "Alias Nora Hale", aired as part of Ford Television Theater

Began career stage in stock and on Broadway in the late 1920s

After failure of "The Party's Over", accepted five-year contract offer from Fox

Returned to stage to star in touring production of "The Killing of Sister George" in the late 1960s

Bonus Trivia


Some sources list 1910 as the year of Ms. Trevor's birth.


In 1999, Trevor donated $500,000 to the University of California at Irvine's School of the Arts. A theater was named in her honor.