Claire Trevor

Filmography

1933

Jimmy and Sally

The Mad Game

The Last Trail

Life in the Raw

 

1934     

Elinor Norton

Baby Take a Bow

Wild Gold

Hold That Girl

 

1935     

Spring Tonic

Black Sheep      

My Marriage

Navy Wife

Dante’s Inferno

 

1936     

Career Woman                

Star for a Night                

To Mary – with Love                       

Human Cargo    

Song and Dance Man

15 Maiden Lane

 

1937     

Big Town Girl

Second Honeymoon

One Mile from Heaven 

King of Gamblers

Time Out for Romance  

Dead End            

 

1938     

Five of a Kind    

Valley of the Giants        

Walking Down Broadway             

The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse    

 

1939     

Stagecoach        

I Stole a Million                

Allegheny Uprising

 

1940     

Dark Command                

 

1941     

Texas

Honky Tonk       

 

1942     

The Adventures of Martin Eden

Crossroads         

Street of Chance

 

1943     

The Woman of the Town             

Good Luck, Mr. Yates     

The Desperadoes            

 

1944     

Murder, My Sweet

 

1945     

Johnny Angel      

 

1946     

The Bachelor’s Daughters            

Crack-Up            

 

1947     

Born to Kill         

 

1948     

Raw Deal            

The Velvet Touch  

The Babe Ruth Story                      

Key Largo            

 

1949     

The Lucky Stiff    

 

1950     

Borderline            

 

1951     

Best of the Badmen          

Hard, Fast and Beautiful                 

 

1952     

Stop, You’re Killing Me                  

My Man and I                   

Hoodlum Empire  

 

1953     

The Stranger Wore a Gun            

 

1954     

The High and the Mighty  

 

1955     

Man Without a Star  

Lucy Gallant       

 

1956     

The Mountain  

 

1958     

Marjorie Morningstar                    

 

1962     

Two Weeks in Another Town  

 

1963     

The Stripper                      

 

1965     

How to Murder Your Wife  

 

1967     

The Cape Town Affair      

 

1982     

Kiss Me Goodbye

Awards

She was nominated for three Best Actress in a Supporting Role Academy Awards and one one.

Dead End (1937)

Key Largo (1948) – won

The High and the Mighty (1954)

 

Key Largo… I could have stayed on that picture for the rest of my life. I adored it.  ~ Claire Trevor

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Actress, Biographies

Claire Trevor’s first credited film role was in the 1933 film Life in the Raw, with her feature film debut coming that same year in Jimmy and Sally (1933) as “Sally Johnson”.

From 1933–38, Trevor starred in 29 films, often having either the lead role or the role of heroine. In 1937, she was the second lead actress, after top-billed Sylvia Sydney, in Dead End, playing opposite Humphrey Bogart, which led to her nomination for Best Supporting Actress. From 1937–40, she appeared with Edward G. Robinson in the popular radio series Big Town, while continuing to make movies. In the early 1940s, she also was a regular on The Old Gold Don Ameche Show on the NBC Red radio network, starring with Ameche in presentations of plays by Mark Hellinger.

By 1939, she was well established as a solid “leading lady”. Some of her most memorable performances during this period were opposite John Wayne, including the classic 1939 western Stagecoach, which was Wayne’s breakthrough role. She starred opposite Wayne again in Allegheny Uprising that same year, and yet again in 1940 in Dark Command. Over a decade later, she would again co-star with Wayne, gaining her third and final Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for The High and the Mighty.

Two of Trevor’s most memorable roles were opposite Dick Powell in Murder, My Sweet and with Lawrence Tierney in Born to Kill, in the latter playing a divorcee who gets more than she bargained for by falling in love with a bad boy who impulsively commits a murder. Key Largo, the following year, gave Trevor the role of Gaye Dawn, the washed-up nightclub singer and gangster’s moll, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Trevor moved into supporting roles in the 1950s, with her appearances becoming increasingly rare after the mid-1960s. She returned for one final theatrical film, as Charlotte, the mother of Sally Field’s character, in Kiss Me Goodbye (1982).

Trevor died of respiratory failure in Newport Beach, California on April 8, 2000 at the age of 90.