Not only an Oscar winning actress, CLAIRE TREVOR was a painter and a philanthropist. And a University Arts School is named after her.
The Architectural Digest of April 1992 featured an interview with Claire at her 5th Avenue home which had her Oscar and Emmy on display. (The Emmy was for the 1956 TV version of DODSWORTH opposite Fredric March.)
She was 83 at the time and is shown above in her studio. I’d love to see more of her work. (Claire had studied art briefly before embarking on her acting career.)
The painting Claire did of Tyrone Power is shown above on the desk.
This painting of Tyrone Power by Claire in 1958 sold for $39,000 at Bonhams in Los Angeles. She signed it ‘CTB ‘ (Claire Trevor Bren).
More paintings by Claire – Picasso, one of his mistresses, Virginia Wolf and Woodrow Wilson.
Photos on her table show Humphrey Bogart, Milton Bren, Claire and Claudette Colbert and Helen O’Hagan. And Claire as a child.
In 1999, Claire donated $500,000 to the School of The Arts at the University of California at Irvine, a community near Newport Beach where Claire and her husband Milton Bren lived.
After her death in 2000, her two step sons , Donald and Peter Bren, gave a $10 million gift to the School of the Arts.
Claire’s Oscar is now on display next to the Claire Trevor Theatre at the Arts Plaza.
Producer Milton Bren was Claire ‘s third husband whom she married in 1948. Her son Charles (from her second marriage) died in a plane crash in 1978, and her husband of 30 years, Milton Bren died a year later.
Born Claire Wemlinger in 1910 and raised in New York, she made her stage debut in 1929.
Claire was at Fox from 1933 to 1937, then Warner Brothers from 1938 to 1943. Neither studio gave her the parts she deserved.
Claire said, “Let’s face it, the parts I would have given my soul for – Bette Davis got.”
On “Key Largo” :
”I kept saying to John Huston, when do I go to the music dept – when do I learn the music?”
But director Huston didn’t want her to rehearse, wanting the song to show a rawness and vulnerability which of course Claire gave him, but she wasn’t happy:
”You try singing in front of that group. Not much fun, especially when you can’t sing!”
”Why don’t you give us your old song?”
” Moanin’ Low.”
Claire won Best Supporting Oscar the same year that Walter Huston won Best Actor for TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE.
The changing faces of Claire Trevor.
And reunited in Key Largo.
The runaway success of STAGECOACH meant the two stars would be re-teamed quickly in The First Rebel and DARK COMMAND.
Wayne became a star, while Claire still struggled for good roles.
Wouldnt mind seeing this one, looks like a great cast.
A tough one to watch.
On the set of Best of the Badmen, with Lawrence Tierney who played Jesse James.
On the set of HARD FAST AND BEAUTIFUL, which Ida Lupino directed.
And Claire’s two Oscar nominated performances:
The radio series Claire did with Edward G. Robinson from 1937 to 1940 – Robinson as a newspaper editor and Claire as his ace reporter.