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"I've lived most of my life a whore, and as much as he's her misery, the pimp's a whore's familiar, so the sudden strange or violent draws her to him. Not that I wouldn't learn another way."

Trixie Star, née unknown, is a main character in HBO's Deadwood as well as in Deadwood: The Movie.

She is Al Swearengen's favorite girl at the Gem. Swearengen is often abusive toward her, but she always returns to him and he in turn often shows great affection for her, though not openly. Despite her rather frank and foul-mouthed nature, she is one of the more compassionate members of the camp. Later on, she develops a relationship with Sol Star and the two become involved romantically. By 1889 Trixie gives birth to a son and she marries Sol.

She is portrayed by Paula Malcomson.


The relationship between Trixie and Star is rekindled when she nurses him back to health after he is shot and with whom she eventually finds employment and romance, but remains devoted to Swearengen and reports back to him on Star's and Bullock's activities and disguising her true feelings for Star. She starts to work at the Hardware store learning accounts. She spends a short time working as a clerk at the bank.

She is friends with Ellsworth. On learning he has been killed, marches to the Grand Hotel to shoot Hearst in retaliation, with her top undone and vulva showing to take attention away from her face. She shoots him in the shoulder but does not kill him. Hearst wants her killed in retaliation. Al will not allow it. Instead he kills another prostitute, Jen, who resembles her, to placate Hearst.

It is implied Al is in love with her and spurns her later on to have a better quality of life than he could provide her. He verbally attacks Trixie when she casually mentions she'd "like to turn a fuckin' trick" long after she's stopped working as a prostitute, chastising her for not realizing "when her lot's improved."

Behind the scenes[]

The character is not based on a single real-life person. The scene of her putting a bullet through the skull of a violent client who astounds all by clinging to life for another half hour, is based on an actual report by John S. McClintock of such an occurrence involving a prostitute at the Gem Theater named "Tricksie." This includes the detail of the doctor inserting a probe through the hole in the man's skull.[3]

Trixie was played by Paula Malcomson in all three seasons of Deadwood, appearing in every episode. Malcomson reprised her role in Deadwood: The Movie.


Episodes 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Season 1
Season 2
Season 3
The Movie
Appears Appears as a corpse Appears in a flashback