Claire Trevor

Actor
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

Filmography

Actor (26)

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

Performer

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

Actor

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

Actor

Kiss Me Goodbye 1982 (Movie)

Charlotte (Actor)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

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)

Actor

The Lux Video Theater 1950 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

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)

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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)

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The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse 1937 (Movie)

Jo Keller (Actor)

Dead End 1936 (Movie)

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Biography

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.

Relationships

Clark Andrews

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

Milton Bren

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

Donald Bren

Step-Son
chairman of Irvine Company reportedly a billionaire survived her

Peter Bren

Step-Son
survived her

Cyclos Dunsmoore

Husband
married in 1943 divorced in 1947

Charles Dunsmoore

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

Noel Wemlinger

Father
French born in Paris lost his business during the Depression

Betty Wemlinger

Mother
Irish born in Belfast

EDUCATION

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York

Columbia University

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

Milestones

1998

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

1987

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

1982

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

1967

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

1963

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

1962

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

1958

Co-starred in "Marjorie Morningstar"

1956

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

1954

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"

1948

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

1947

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

1943

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

1942

Co-starred in "The Desperados"

1939

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

1938

Reteamed with Bogart on "The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse"

1937

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

1937

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

1934

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

1933

Feature film debut, "Life in the Raw"

1933

Appeared opposite Spencer Tracy in "The Mad Game"

1931

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

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

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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.

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