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Claire Trevor

Biography

She won a Best Helping Actress Oscar on her behalf part in the 1948 film Key Largo. She also performed Betty McWade in the 1935 film edition of Dante’s Inferno. She was created Claire Wemlinger and elevated by her vendor tailor dad and her housewife mom. She performed many bad young lady tasks in noir movies. She was wedded to her second spouse, Cylos William Dunsmoore, from 1943 to 1947 and collectively the couple acquired a kid. She starred with John Wayne in The Great as well as the Mighty.

Quick Facts


Date Of Birth March 8, 1910
Died April 8, 2000, Newport Beach, California, United States
Place Of Birth New York City, NY
Height 1.6 m
Profession Movie Actress
Nationality American
Spouse Milton H. Bren, Cylos William Dunsmoore, Clark Andrews
Children Charles Cylos Dunsmoore
Parents Noel Wemlinger, Benjamina Wemlinger
Awards Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Single Performance
Movies Stagecoach, Key Largo, Murder, My Sweet, Dead End, Born to Kill, The High and the Mighty, Raw Deal, The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse, Man Without a Star, How to Murder Your Wife, Dark Command, Allegheny Uprising, Two Weeks in Another Town, The Desperadoes, Kiss Me Goodbye, Street of Chance, Best of the Badmen, The Stranger Wore a Gun, Marjorie Morningstar, Life in the Raw, Baby Take a Bow, Johnny Angel, Borderline, Crack-Up, The Babe Ruth Story, The Mountain, The Woman of the Town, Hard, Fast and Beautiful, The Velvet Touch, Lucy Gallant, The Cape Town Affair, I Stole a Million, 15 Maiden Lane, My Man and I, The Stripper, Hoodlum Empire, The Adventures of Martin Eden, Five of a Kind, The Last Trail, Human Cargo, Big Town Girl, To Mary - with Love, Good Luck, Mr. Yates, Texas, The Mad Game, Spring Tonic, Stop, You're Killing Me, Song and Dance Man, Jimmy and Sally, Navy Wife, Elinor Norton
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#Fact
1 Her son Charles Dunsmoore Bren died in a plane crash on September 25, 1978 at age 34.
2 Is one of 22 Oscar-winning actresses to have been born in the state of New York. The others are Alice Brady, Teresa Wright, Anne Revere, Celeste Holm, Judy Holliday, Shirley Booth, Susan Hayward, Patty Duke, Anne Bancroft, Barbra Streisand, Jane Fonda, Lee Grant, Beatrice Straight, Whoopi Goldberg, Mercedes Ruehl, Marisa Tomei, Mira Sorvino, Susan Sarandon, Jennifer Connelly, Melissa Leo and Anne Hathaway.
3 Was the 31st actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Key Largo (1948) at The 21st Academy Awards on March 24, 1949.
4 Trevor disliked chewing gum and avoided using it. When a role called for her character to chew gum, she requested the prop man to keep her supplied with caramels for as many takes that it took to get the scene.
5 She was a staunch Republican who gave much of her time and money towards various conservative political causes. She also attended several of the Republican National Conventions and was active in the campaigns of Wendell Willkie, Thomas E. Dewey, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan.
6 Profiled in "Femme Noir: Bad Girls of Film" by Karen Burroughs Hannsberry (McFarland, 1998).
7 Donated her Oscar and her Emmy to the University of California, Irvine. Both are on display in the arts plaza at the Theatre that bears her name.
8 Profiled in "Killer Tomatoes: Fifteen Tough Film Dames" bu Ray Hagen and Laura Wagner (McFarland, 2004).
9 In Italy, unlike other major Hollywood actresses, she didn't have an official voice. She was in turn dubbed by Tina Lattanzi (most notably in Stagecoach (1939)), Lidia Simoneschi, Giovanna Scotto, Dhia Cristiani, Rosetta Calavetta, Rina Morelli, Wanda Tettoni and Marcella Rovena.
10 Joan Crawford initially fought for Trevor to star alongside her in Johnny Guitar (1954), jealous of the much younger Mercedes McCambridge, who was eventually cast.
11 The School of the Arts at the University of California-Irvine is named for her.
12 During the telecast of The 73rd Annual Academy Awards (2001) on 3/25/01, she was honored by being included in the always touching and memorable segment that pays tribute to those in the industry who have passed away over the course of the previous year.
13 Made a special guest appearance at The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998) and appeared as part of a tribute sequence called "Oscar's Family Album". Miss Trevor appeared in a black gown and jewels seated between Marisa Tomei and Jon Voight. Fellow honouree Michael Caine paid tribute to her calling her a 'living legend.'
14 Stepsons (with Milton H. Bren) Donald and Peter.
15 Gave birth to her only child at age 33, a son Charles Cyclos Dunsmoore on December 1, 1943. Child's father was her 2nd ex-husband, Cyclos Dunsmoore but he was later adopted by her 3rd husband, Milton H. Bren.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Breaking Home Ties 1987 TV Movie Grace Porter
Murder, She Wrote 1987 TV Series Judith Harlan
The Love Boat 1983 TV Series Nancy Fairchild
Kiss Me Goodbye 1982 Charlotte
The Cape Town Affair 1967 Sam Williams
How to Murder Your Wife 1965 Edna
The Stripper 1963 Helen Baird
Dr. Kildare 1962 TV Series Nurse Veronica Johnson
Two Weeks in Another Town 1962 Clara Kruger
The Investigators 1961 TV Series Kitty Harper
Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1956-1961 TV Series Mrs. Meade / Mary Prescott
The United States Steel Hour 1960 TV Series Judge Leslie Lloyd
The Untouchables 1959 TV Series Kate Clark 'Ma' Barker
Wagon Train 1959 TV Series C.L. Harding
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse 1959 TV Series Savannah Brown
Marjorie Morningstar 1958 Rose Morgenstern
Playhouse 90 1957 TV Series Elizabeth Owen
The Mountain 1956 Marie
Producers' Showcase 1956 TV Series Fran Dodsworth
Schlitz Playhouse 1956 TV Series Mary Hunter
Climax! 1956 TV Series Phyllis Talbot
Lucy Gallant 1955 Lady MacBeth
Lux Video Theatre 1954-1955 TV Series Mary Scott Ellen Creed
Man Without a Star 1955 Idonee
The Ford Television Theatre 1953-1954 TV Series Felicia Crandell
The High and the Mighty 1954 May Holst
General Electric Theater 1954 TV Series Cora Leslie
The Stranger Wore a Gun 1953 Josie Sullivan
Stop, You're Killing Me 1952 Nora Marko
My Man and I 1952 Mrs. Ansel Ames
Hoodlum Empire 1952 Connie Williams
Best of the Badmen 1951 Lily
Hard, Fast and Beautiful 1951 Millie Farley
Borderline 1950 Madeleine Haley
The Lucky Stiff 1949 Marguerite Seaton
The Babe Ruth Story 1948 Claire Hodgson Ruth
Key Largo 1948 Gaye Dawn
The Velvet Touch 1948 Marian Webster
Raw Deal 1948 Pat Cameron
Born to Kill 1947 Helen
Crack-Up 1946 Terry
The Bachelor's Daughters 1946 Cynthia Davis
Johnny Angel 1945 Lilah 'Lily' Gustafson
Murder, My Sweet 1944 Helen Grayle
The Woman of the Town 1943 Dora Hand
Good Luck, Mr. Yates 1943 Ruth Jones
The Desperadoes 1943 Countess Maletta
Street of Chance 1942 Ruth Dillon
Crossroads 1942 Michelle Allaine
The Adventures of Martin Eden 1942 Connie Dawson
Texas 1941 'Mike' King
Honky Tonk 1941 'Gold Dust' Nelson
Dark Command 1940 Mary McCloud
Allegheny Uprising 1939 Janie
I Stole a Million 1939 Laura Benson
Stagecoach 1939 Dallas
Five of a Kind 1938 Christine Nelson
Valley of the Giants 1938 Lee Roberts
The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse 1938 Jo Keller
Walking Down Broadway 1938 Joan Bradley
Big Town Girl 1937 Fay Loring
Second Honeymoon 1937 Marcia
Dead End 1937 Francey
One Mile from Heaven 1937 Lucy 'Tex' Warren
King of Gamblers 1937 Dixie Moore
Time Out for Romance 1937 Barbara Blanchard
Career Woman 1936 Carroll Aiken
Fifteen Maiden Lane 1936 Jane Martin
Star for a Night 1936 Nina Lind
To Mary - with Love 1936 Kitty Brant
Human Cargo 1936 Bonnie Brewster
Song and Dance Man 1936 Julia Carroll
My Marriage 1936 Carol Barton
Navy Wife 1935 Vicky Blake
Dante's Inferno 1935 Betty McWade
Spring Tonic 1935 Bertha 'Betty' Ingals
Black Sheep 1935 Janette Foster
Elinor Norton 1934 Elinor Norton
Baby Take a Bow 1934 Kay Ellison
Wild Gold 1934 Jerry Jordan
Hold That Girl 1934 Tonie Bellamy
Jimmy and Sally 1933 Sally Johnson
The Mad Game 1933 Jane Lee
The Last Trail 1933 Patricia Carter
Life in the Raw 1933 Judy Halloway
The Imperfect Lover 1932 Short The Doctor
The Meal Ticket 1931 Short Baron's Wife

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Two Weeks in Another Town 1962 "The Anniversary Song" "Waves of the Danube" Uncredited
Stop, You're Killing Me 1952 performer: "You're My Ever-Loving" - uncredited
Key Largo 1948 performer: "Moanin' Low" - uncredited
Crossroads 1942 performer: "'Til You Return" 1942 - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollywood and the Stars 1963 TV Series acknowledgment - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1998 TV Special Herself - Past Winner
Wolf Trap Presents Victor Borge: An 80th Birthday Celebration 1990 TV Movie documentary Herself
The 1986 Annual D.W. Griffith Awards 1986 TV Special Herself - Presenter
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan 1985 TV Special Herself
The Annual American Image Awards 1984 TV Special Herself
Hollywood Greats 1984 TV Series documentary Herself
The 50th Annual Academy Awards 1978 TV Special Herself - Past Winner
An All-Star Tribute to John Wayne 1976 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Joey Bishop Show 1969 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1967 TV Series Herself - Guest
Person to Person 1961 TV Series documentary Herself
The 29th Annual Academy Awards 1957 TV Special documentary Herself - Presenter: Cinematography Awards
The 28th Annual Academy Awards 1956 TV Special Herself - Co-Presenter: Scientific & Technical Awards
The 27th Annual Academy Awards 1955 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role & Presenter: Best Writing, Motion Picture Story
The Jack Carson Show 1954 TV Series Herself
A Star Is Born World Premiere 1954 TV Short Herself
The 25th Annual Academy Awards 1953 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Sound
Picture People No. 3: Hobbies of the Stars 1941 Short Herself
Picture People No. 2: Hollywood Sports 1941 Short Herself
Screen Snapshots Series 19, No. 5: Art and Artists 1940 Short documentary Herself
Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 10 1939 Documentary short Herself
Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 10 1937 Documentary short Herself
Sunkist Stars at Palm Springs 1936 Short Herself
20th Century Fox Promotional Film 1936 Documentary short Herself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year 2009 TV Movie documentary Herself
American Masters 2008 TV Series documentary Herself - Interviewee
Biography 2002 TV Series documentary Gaye Dawn
The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 2001 TV Special Herself (Memorial Tribute)
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's 1997 Documentary Herself (with Jane Wyman) (uncredited)
John Wayne: On Board with the Duke 1997 Video documentary Herself
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies 1995 TV Movie documentary actress 'Stagecoach' (uncredited)
Cinema Paradiso 1988 Dallas (uncredited)
Going Hollywood: The '30s 1984 Documentary
The American West of John Ford 1971 TV Movie documentary Actress 'Stagecoach' (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1995 Golden Boot Golden Boot Awards
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 6933 Hollywood Blvd.
1957 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Single Performance by an Actress Producers' Showcase (1954)
1949 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Supporting Role Key Largo (1948)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1965 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Supporting Performance, Female How to Murder Your Wife (1965)
1955 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Supporting Role The High and the Mighty (1954)
1955 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Actress in a Single Performance Lux Video Theatre (1950)
1938 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Supporting Role Dead End (1937)

TitleSalary
Stagecoach (1939) $15,000

#Quote
1 What a holler would ensue if people had to pay the minister as much to marry them as they have to pay a lawyer to get them a divorce.
2 I don't know what they call Hollywood anymore. The whole meaning of the town has changed.
3 Don't fall in love with your leading man. Of course, that's just what I did.
4 Using one's imagination to the fullest is necessary for a happy life.


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