Clare Arnold is a principal character on Beverly Hills, 90210. She is portrayed by Kathleen Robertson.
Clare is the daughter of California University's Chancellor Arnold. She is introduced as a privileged, cultured, intelligent and bold woman, who is used to getting what she wants. She grew up in a fictional European country, where her father was an economic consultant and her late mother was best friends with the mother of Prince Carl, her childhood friend who Clare described as "a spoiled rich pain in the butt". Clare's mother passed away while Clare was still young and she and her father ended up in California.
In 1994, Clare is a senior in high school and attends a retreat for the Chancellor's task force, where she rooms with Kelly Taylor. Clare becomes interested in Brandon and wastes no time making her intentions clear. During an evening in which the two of them had wound up alone at his home, she made a series of playful passes at him. Brandon, being a CU student at the time, felt uncomfortable due to the position that Clare's father held, and soundly resisted. Clare later threatened to get Brandon in trouble with her dad, but none of her threats were carried out.
Clare moves into the beach house with Kelly and Donna upon starting UCLA, where she skips a year and begins as a sophomore. It was during this period that she also began seeing David Silver. An early point of their relationship involved her catching him handcuffed to a bed, and deciding to have her way with him. They were interrupted, however, when her father suddenly arrived outside, causing Clare to leave a much agitated David alone until he was released later on.
Steve was Clare's longest relationship but her obsessiveness over everything from her schoolwork to her father drove a rift between them. While they stayed together until she left Beverly Hills, the relationship was under constant strain from Clare's issues with her protectiveness of her father. While Steve made an effort to please Clare most of the time, she ultimately chose to follow her father to France and break up with Steve for good.
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