Claire Trevor Overview:

Legendary actress, Claire Trevor, was born Claire Wemlinger on Mar 8, 1910 in New York City, NY. Trevor died at the age of 90 on Apr 8, 2000 in Newport Beach, CA and was cremated and her ashes scattered at sea.


This blonde American actress with the direct stare. She spent half a lifetime as molls, broads, floozies, and showgirls: for 25 years if there was a saloon in town, the odds were that Claire Trevor would have a hand in running it. Stayed in leading roles to her late forties. Oscar for Key Largo. Also Oscar-nominated in Dead End and The High and the Mighty. Died from respiratory ailments.

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Claire Trevor was nominated for three Academy Awards, winning one for Best Supporting Actress for Key Largo (as Gaye) in 1948.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1937Best Supporting ActressDead End (1937)FrancieNominated
1948Best Supporting ActressKey Largo (1948)GayeWon
1954Best Supporting ActressThe High and the Mighty (1954)Mary HolstNominated

She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Claire Trevor Quotes:

Joseph Emmett Sullivan: You're wonderful, baby. I don't know what I'd do without you.
Pat Cameron: Remember to tell me later. With gestures.

Welch: Well, hello Kay! Here you are, here's a seat for you.
Kay 'Funny Face' Ellison: The further I sit from you, Mr. Welch, the better I like it.
[to Porter]
Kay 'Funny Face' Ellison: Take those bags into the next car, please.
Porter: Sorry, Miss. The train's full up today.
Welch: Here you are, Kay. Sit right down here.
[Kay drops train tickets, and Welch picks them up]
Welch: Two tickets to Niagara Falls, eh? How romantic. That's where honeymooners go. Oh, yes. Eddie Ellison gets out today. Say, you're not really gonna marry that guy, are you?
Kay 'Funny Face' Ellison: Any objection?
Welch: Say, listen, kid. I like you. I want to give you a little friendly advice.
Kay 'Funny Face' Ellison: [scoffs] Friendly advice. Well, that's good, coming from the fellow that caused Eddie's conviction.
Welch: Now take it easy, Kay. I'm telling you that I'm your friend. More than a friend.
Kay 'Funny Face' Ellison: Yes, you tried to be more than a friend, ever since you had Eddie arrested.
Welch: Now, don't be that way. You're a nice girl, and you're about to make the mistake of your life.
Kay 'Funny Face' Ellison: That's my business.

Lily: Do what I tell you and you'll always go wrong.

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During the telecast of The 73rd Annual Academy Awards (2001) (TV) 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.

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.

Made a special guest appearance at The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998) (TV) 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.'

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