Virginia Brown Faire
|Virginia Brown Faire|
June 26, 1904
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Died||June 30, 1980
Laguna Beach, California, U.S.
|Other names||Virginia Faire Brown, Virginia Brown Fair, Virginia Browne Faire|
|Years active||1920 - 1935|
She was educated in the public, elementary and high schools of Brooklyn. It was not long after she turned 15 years old that she presented herself at the Metro studio where she was almost immediately put on. Shortly after she appeared in pictures for Fox, she was with Universal.
Between 1920 and 1935, she appeared in some 75 films. Her first film credit was the 1920 film Runnin' Straight, a Hoot Gibson short western at Universal. Faire was the leading lady of John Gilbert in Monte Cristo (1922). She was selected as one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1923 and appeared with Wallace and Noah Beery in Stormswept that same year. She is most remembered for her role as Tinker Bell in the 1924 film Peter Pan.
In 1926 she had a small role in the Greta Garbo film The Temptress. She made it through the transition of sound, making a successful talkie in Frank Capra's The Donovan Affair (1929), but was soon appearing in more low-budget films. Faire appeared in several westerns, opposite Hoot Gibson, Buck Jones, John Wayne and Ken Maynard. Faire left Hollywood for Chicago, Illinois in the late 1930s. She worked in radio and several films for industries prior to retiring to the west coast.
She was married at least twice in her lifetime, but had no children. She was first married to actor Jack Dougherty, and later to director Duke Worne. Faire wed Dougherty on February 7, 1927. Citing incompatibility, the couple separated in April 1928. Following her separation from Dougherty she resided with her mother in Beverly Hills, California.
Virginia Brown Faire died in 1980 in Laguna Beach, California, aged 76.
- West of the Divide (1934)
- Murder on the Roof (1930)
- The Devil's Chaplain (1929)
- Burning the Wind (1929)
- A Race for Life (1928)
- Pleasure Before Business (1927)(*survives; Library of Congress)
- The Temptress (1926)
- The Lost World (1925)
- Peter Pan (1924)
- The Lightning Rider (1924)
- Stormswept (1923)
- Vengeance of the Deep (1923)
- Omar the Tentmaker (1922)
- Without Benefit of Clergy (1921)
- Masked (1920)
- Runnin' Straight (1920)
- Charles Donald Fox & Milton L. Silver (1920). "Virginia Faire". Who's Who on the Screen. New York City: Ross Publishing. (Note: Not currently in copyright)
- Los Angeles Times, Screen Pair Decides On Separation, April 6, 1928, Page A10.
- New York Times, Virginia Brown Faire, 75, Actress, Starred in 1922 'Monte Cristo, Page A15.
- Rothwell-Smith, Paul. Silent Films! the Performers (2011) ISBN 9781907540325
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