Claire Trevor (1910-2000) was nicknamed "Queen of Film Noir" because of her many appearances in "bad girl” roles in film noir and other black-and-white thrillers. Her acting career spanned more than seven decades and included success not only in movies (she made over 60) but also on stage, radio and television. After attending American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she began her acting career in the late '20s in stock. By 1932 she was starring on Broadway; that same year she began appearing in Brooklyn-filmed Vitaphone shorts. Her feature film debut came in: JIMMY AND SALLY (1933). Trevor earned Oscar nominations for DEAD END, a 1937 melodrama in which she plays a good girl who grows up to be a prostitute, and for THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY, a 1954 airplane disaster epic. She won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress award for her 1948 performance in KEY LARGO in which she plays the moll Gaye Dawn to Robinson's sadistic gangster Rocco. In 1956, Trevor won an Emmy for Best Live Television Performance by an Actress for Dodsworth, with Fredric March.

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sharon Knight said...

The greatest gangster-moll,ever,bar none. Her performance in Key Largo:both genius and heart-wrenching