Claire Trevor

I want to start posting biography snapshots to celebrate the birth dates of screen legends, new and old. I decided this today… so we start with Claire Trevor.

  • Born:  March 8, 1910 in Brooklyn, NY
  • Died:  April 8, 2000 in Newport Beach, CA
  • Notable Works:  
    • Dead End (1937) 
    • Stagecoach (1939)
    • Key Largo (1948)
  • Academy Award Nominations: 
    • 1937 Best Supporting Actress for Dead End
    • 1948 Best Supporting Actress for Key Largo (won)
    • 1954 Best Supporting Actress for The High & Mighty
  • Personal Favorite: Murder, My Sweet (1944)

With more than seven decades of success in stage, radio, television and film, Trevor wasn’t your typical leading lady in Hollywood. Although usually versatile in her roles, her most memorable ones came without the typical silver screen glamour and grandeur. This made her ideal for the rising sub-genres of gangster films, crime dramas, and film noir. From the late thirties all the way through the early fifties, she conquered this platform, making King of Gamblers, Dead End, The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse, I Stole a Million, Crossroads, Street of Chance, Murder My Sweet, Johnny Angel, Crack-Up, Born to Kill, Raw Deal, The Velvet Touch, Key Largo, The Lucky Stiff and Borderline. And if that’s not impressive enough, she made another fifteen western and comedy films during that same time period. They take too long to make movies nowadays.







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