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 Claire Violet Du Brey

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Claire Violet Du Brey

Birth
Bonners Ferry, Boundary County, Idaho, USA
Death 1 Aug 1992 (aged 99)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Specifically: Ashes scattered in Newport Beach
Memorial ID 143735076 View Source
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Actress. Born Clara Violet Dubreyvich in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, she had an acting career that spanned four decades. Du Brey was known for starring in films such as Civilization (1916), Triumph (1917), Border Raiders (1918), What Every Woman Wants (1919) and That Girl Montana (1921).Clara Violet Dubreyvich (also, spelled as Dubrevitch and Dubravich) was born 31st of August 1892 at Bonners Ferry Idaho. She was the daughter of Matthew A. Dubreyvich and Lily (Lillie) A. Henry. Clara's father was born in Dalmatia in the Austrian Empire in 1868. He came to America as a young boy. He was a very prominent citizen in Anaconda, Montana and was well respected by all. He worked in the local government as city clerk. He studied law under Colonel Timothy O'Leary, esquire. He was president of the St. Peter and Paul Society, a member of the Catholic Knights, and President of the Austro-American B. Society. In the Anaconda Standard Jun 19, 1895, pg6, Matthew A Dubravich officially changed his name to Matthew Dubrey. On June 27th, 1896 Matthew was taken sick and went to St Ann's Hospital for surgery for appendicitis. He died July 10, 1896 from septic poisoning at the age of 28. He left an insurance policy for $1,000.00 to his daughter. Matt had lived apart from his wife and daughter, who were living in Pocatello, Idaho. Matt married Lily A Henry on 9 Nov 1891 at Bingham, Idaho. Lily Henry was born Jul 1872 in Guthrie County, Iowa and was the daughter of John A. Henry (Civil War Veteran) and Mary Ann Utter. Lilies' grandparents were Arthur Henry and Mary Tool of County Down, Ireland. Clara spent her first few years living with her parents in Anaconda, Montana. Her brother was born in Anaconda on March 30th, 1894 and had passed away by 1896. His name is unknown at this time. After Clara's father passed away, she and her mother and grandparents went to California by covered wagon through the Sierra Madre. On 06 December 1899, Lillie Henry Dubrey married Richard C. Fugitt in Joaquin, California. They had no issue. In the 1900 census, Clara is living with her mother and stepfather and is listed as age 7. On 25 November 1911 in Orange, California, Clara married Mark Gorman Gates, M.D. Mark Gates was the son of Edward Earl Gates and Augusta Jennie Gorman. Clara was bored being just a housewife and auditioned for part-time work as an actress with the Luben Company in abt. 1913 and took the stage name of Claire Du Brey. She divorced Mark Gates in the 1920s (they had no issue), and she remained single for the rest of her life. Dr. Gates remarried on 17 April 1927 to Sarah M Laabs (daughter of Albert Laabs and Louise Prodoehl of Echo, Minnesota) in Los Angeles, California. They had no issue. Dr Mark Gates died 15 Nov 1938 in Kern California at the age of 52.
Claire would go on to work for a number of studios in the silent films and later in the talkies, until she retired in 1967. She was also secretary and nurse to Marie Dressler in the 1930s. After retiring, she lived at a house on Miller Drive in West Hollywood until her death. Her neighbors were actor Richard Cromwell and the Law family. One of the sons of the Law family (Actor John Phillip Law) took care of Claire in her later years and would inherit her estate. Claire died just before her 101st birthday on August 1st, 1993.


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