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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
Star Sign Pisces

  • Facts
  • Filmography
  • Awards
  • Salaries
  • Quotes
  • Trademarks
  • Pictures

#Fact
1Her son Charles Dunsmoore Bren died in a plane crash on September 25, 1978 at age 34.
2Is 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.
3Was 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.
4Trevor 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.
5She 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.
6Profiled in "Femme Noir: Bad Girls of Film" by Karen Burroughs Hannsberry (McFarland, 1998).
7Donated 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.
8Profiled in "Killer Tomatoes: Fifteen Tough Film Dames" bu Ray Hagen and Laura Wagner (McFarland, 2004).
9In 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.
10Joan Crawford initially fought for Trevor to star alongside her in Johnny Guitar (1954), jealous of the much younger Mercedes McCambridge, who was eventually cast.
11The School of the Arts at the University of California-Irvine is named for her.
12During 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.
13Made 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.'
14Stepsons (with Milton H. Bren) Donald and Peter.
15Gave 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 Ties1987TV MovieGrace Porter
Murder, She Wrote1987TV SeriesJudith Harlan
The Love Boat1983TV SeriesNancy Fairchild
Kiss Me Goodbye1982Charlotte
The Cape Town Affair1967Sam Williams
How to Murder Your Wife1965Edna
The Stripper1963Helen Baird
Dr. Kildare1962TV SeriesNurse Veronica Johnson
Two Weeks in Another Town1962Clara Kruger
The Investigators1961TV SeriesKitty Harper
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1956-1961TV SeriesMrs. Meade / Mary Prescott
The United States Steel Hour1960TV SeriesJudge Leslie Lloyd
The Untouchables1959TV SeriesKate Clark 'Ma' Barker
Wagon Train1959TV SeriesC.L. Harding
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse1959TV SeriesSavannah Brown
Marjorie Morningstar1958Rose Morgenstern
Playhouse 901957TV SeriesElizabeth Owen
The Mountain1956Marie
Producers' Showcase1956TV SeriesFran Dodsworth
Schlitz Playhouse1956TV SeriesMary Hunter
Climax!1956TV SeriesPhyllis Talbot
Lucy Gallant1955Lady MacBeth
Lux Video Theatre1954-1955TV SeriesMary Scott Ellen Creed
Man Without a Star1955Idonee
The Ford Television Theatre1953-1954TV SeriesFelicia Crandell
The High and the Mighty1954May Holst
General Electric Theater1954TV SeriesCora Leslie
The Stranger Wore a Gun1953Josie Sullivan
Stop, You're Killing Me1952Nora Marko
My Man and I1952Mrs. Ansel Ames
Hoodlum Empire1952Connie Williams
Best of the Badmen1951Lily
Hard, Fast and Beautiful1951Millie Farley
Borderline1950Madeleine Haley
The Lucky Stiff1949Marguerite Seaton
The Babe Ruth Story1948Claire Hodgson Ruth
Key Largo1948Gaye Dawn
The Velvet Touch1948Marian Webster
Raw Deal1948Pat Cameron
Born to Kill1947Helen
Crack-Up1946Terry
The Bachelor's Daughters1946Cynthia Davis
Johnny Angel1945Lilah 'Lily' Gustafson
Murder, My Sweet1944Helen Grayle
The Woman of the Town1943Dora Hand
Good Luck, Mr. Yates1943Ruth Jones
The Desperadoes1943Countess Maletta
Street of Chance1942Ruth Dillon
Crossroads1942Michelle Allaine
The Adventures of Martin Eden1942Connie Dawson
Texas1941'Mike' King
Honky Tonk1941'Gold Dust' Nelson
Dark Command1940Mary McCloud
Allegheny Uprising1939Janie
I Stole a Million1939Laura Benson
Stagecoach1939Dallas
Five of a Kind1938Christine Nelson
Valley of the Giants1938Lee Roberts
The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse1938Jo Keller
Walking Down Broadway1938Joan Bradley
Big Town Girl1937Fay Loring
Second Honeymoon1937Marcia
Dead End1937Francey
One Mile from Heaven1937Lucy 'Tex' Warren
King of Gamblers1937Dixie Moore
Time Out for Romance1937Barbara Blanchard
Career Woman1936Carroll Aiken
Fifteen Maiden Lane1936Jane Martin
Star for a Night1936Nina Lind
To Mary - with Love1936Kitty Brant
Human Cargo1936Bonnie Brewster
Song and Dance Man1936Julia Carroll
My Marriage1936Carol Barton
Navy Wife1935Vicky Blake
Dante's Inferno1935Betty McWade
Spring Tonic1935Bertha 'Betty' Ingals
Black Sheep1935Janette Foster
Elinor Norton1934Elinor Norton
Baby Take a Bow1934Kay Ellison
Wild Gold1934Jerry Jordan
Hold That Girl1934Tonie Bellamy
Jimmy and Sally1933Sally Johnson
The Mad Game1933Jane Lee
The Last Trail1933Patricia Carter
Life in the Raw1933Judy Halloway
The Imperfect Lover1932ShortThe Doctor
The Meal Ticket1931ShortBaron's Wife

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Two Weeks in Another Town1962"The Anniversary Song" "Waves of the Danube" Uncredited
Stop, You're Killing Me1952performer: "You're My Ever-Loving" - uncredited
Key Largo1948performer: "Moanin' Low" - uncredited
Crossroads1942performer: "'Til You Return" 1942 - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollywood and the Stars1963TV Series acknowledgment - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 70th Annual Academy Awards1998TV SpecialHerself - Past Winner
Wolf Trap Presents Victor Borge: An 80th Birthday Celebration1990TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 1986 Annual D.W. Griffith Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan1985TV SpecialHerself
The Annual American Image Awards1984TV SpecialHerself
Hollywood Greats1984TV Series documentaryHerself
The 50th Annual Academy Awards1978TV SpecialHerself - Past Winner
An All-Star Tribute to John Wayne1976TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Joey Bishop Show1969TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1967TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Person to Person1961TV Series documentaryHerself
The 29th Annual Academy Awards1957TV Special documentaryHerself - Presenter: Cinematography Awards
The 28th Annual Academy Awards1956TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Scientific & Technical Awards
The 27th Annual Academy Awards1955TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role & Presenter: Best Writing, Motion Picture Story
The Jack Carson Show1954TV SeriesHerself
A Star Is Born World Premiere1954TV ShortHerself
The 25th Annual Academy Awards1953TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Sound
Picture People No. 3: Hobbies of the Stars1941ShortHerself
Picture People No. 2: Hollywood Sports1941ShortHerself
Screen Snapshots Series 19, No. 5: Art and Artists1940Short documentaryHerself
Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 101939Documentary shortHerself
Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 101937Documentary shortHerself
Sunkist Stars at Palm Springs1936ShortHerself
20th Century Fox Promotional Film1936Documentary shortHerself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year2009TV Movie documentaryHerself
American Masters2008TV Series documentaryHerself - Interviewee
Biography2002TV Series documentaryGaye Dawn
The 73rd Annual Academy Awards2001TV SpecialHerself (Memorial Tribute)
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's1997DocumentaryHerself (with Jane Wyman) (uncredited)
John Wayne: On Board with the Duke1997Video documentaryHerself
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryactress 'Stagecoach' (uncredited)
Cinema Paradiso1988Dallas (uncredited)
Going Hollywood: The '30s1984Documentary
The American West of John Ford1971TV Movie documentaryActress 'Stagecoach' (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1995Golden BootGolden Boot Awards
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6933 Hollywood Blvd.
1957Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Single Performance by an ActressProducers' Showcase (1954)
1949OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleKey Largo (1948)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1965Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsSupporting Performance, FemaleHow to Murder Your Wife (1965)
1955OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleThe High and the Mighty (1954)
1955Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Actress in a Single PerformanceLux Video Theatre (1950)
1938OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleDead End (1937)

TitleSalary
Stagecoach (1939)$15,000

#Quote
1What 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.
2I don't know what they call Hollywood anymore. The whole meaning of the town has changed.
3Don't fall in love with your leading man. Of course, that's just what I did.
4Using one's imagination to the fullest is necessary for a happy life.


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