The woman behind UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts

by TOM BERG

Academy Award-winning actress Claire Trevor appeared in more than 60 films, working with Humphrey Bogart, LaurenBacall and John Wayne. The Newport Beach resident also was a patron of the arts in Orange County.

What’s in a name? In this case, an Academy Award, two more nominations, and an illustrious career as one of Hollywood’s leading actresses.

The actress for whom the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts is named appeared in more than 60 films throughout her career.

Claire Trevor won an Academy Award for her role in the 1948 film “Key Largo,” starring Humphrey Bogart. She received nominations for her roles in the 1937 film “Dead End,” also with Humphrey Bogart, and the 1954 film “The High and the Mighty,” with John Wayne.

In 2000, the UCI School of the Arts was renamed the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts for her deep involvement with the school and its students.

“For a big star, she was amazingly humble,” former UC Irvine Chancellor Ralph J. Cicerone once said of Trevor, a Newport Beach resident. “She gave tips and support and enjoyed working with the students.”

Trevor’s Academy Award is on display in UC Irvine’s Arts Plaza, next to the Claire Trevor Theatre, and her star appears on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts has proven to be a national leader in training emerging artists and performers. Alumni have performed on Broadway, TV, film and stages around the world.