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April 23, 2014

CLAIRE TREVOR

This glamorous portrait of Claire is from 1939's 'Stagecoach', co-starring John Wayne and directed by John Ford.
This glamorous portrait of Claire is from 1939's 'Stagecoach', co-starring John Wayne and directed by John Ford.

This glamorous portrait of Claire is from 1939’s ‘Stagecoach’, co-starring John Wayne and directed by John Ford.

 

Claire Trevor was born March 8, 1910 in Bensonhurst, New York. As a teen-ager, she enrolled in the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts. She starred in a few of the Vitaphone short-subjects that were filmed in New York at the time. She later moved on to Broadway success, and later, to Hollywood.

Claire had only moderate succes in films until her 1937 role of the ailing prostitute in the film adaptation of Sidney Kingsley’s play, ‘Dead End.’ She was nominated for an Academy Award, but did not win.

Her career took off after 1939’s ‘Stagecoach’ with John Wayne. One good role followed the other with such productions as Honky Tonk, Murder My Sweet, Johnny Angel, and Crack-Up. While many actresses her age were finding their careers winding down, Trevor scored big in 1948’s production of ‘Key Largo.’ He portrayal of Edward G. Robinson’s alcoholic gun-moll was riveting. She was nominated for a Best-Supporting Actress Oscar and won. Deservedly so!






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