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July 2, 2022

40 Fabulous Photos of Claire Trevor in the 1930s

Born 1910 in New York City, American actress Claire Trevor made her film debut in Jimmy and Sally (1933), a film originally written for the popular screen duo of James Dunn and Sally Eilers. When Eilers declined the role, she was cast in her place. From 1933 to 1938, she 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 Sidney) in Dead End, which led to her nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Two of Trevor’s most memorable roles were in Murder, My Sweet (1944) and in Born to Kill (1947). In Key Largo (1948), she played Gaye Dawn, the washed-up nightclub singer and gangster’s moll. For that role, she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her third and final Oscar nomination was for her performance in The High and the Mighty (1954). In 1957, she won an Emmy for her role in the Producers’ Showcase episode entitled “Dodsworth”.

Trevor moved into supporting roles in the 1950s, with her appearances becoming very rare after the mid-1960s. Her final television role was for the 1987 television film, Norman Rockwell’s Breaking Home Ties. Trevor made a guest appearance at the 70th Academy Awards in 1998.

Trevor died in 2000 at a hospital in Newport Beach, California, aged 90. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6933 Hollywood Boulevard. The Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine, was named in Trevor’s honor. Her Oscar and Emmy statuettes are on display in the Arts Plaza, next to the Claire Trevor Theatre.

Take a look at these fabulous photos to see the beauty of a young Claire Trevor in the 1930s.


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