Virginia Brown Faire
|Virginia Brown Faire|
|Born||Virginia Labuna (or La Buna)
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|
|Spouse(s)||Jack Dougherty (1927-1928, divorce)
Duke Worne (1930-1933, his death)
William Bayer (1935-1980, her death)
The daughter of Joseph Labuna and Martha Delsand, Faire was born Virginia Labuna in Brooklyn, New York. (Other sources have her last name as La Buna.) She attended Wadleigh High School for Girls.
She was brought to Hollywood in 1919 after being the winner of the Motion Picture Classic magazine's "Fame and Fortune" contest, which she had entered using as Virginia Brown, using her stepfather's last name.
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.
Faire married actor Jack Dougherty on February 6, 1927. They separated after one month and reconciled briefly, but she filed for divorce in June of that same year. She married director Duke Worne in January 1930. Worne died in 1933. In 1935, she married furniture manufacturer William Bayer, and they remained wed until her death.
- West of the Divide (1934)
- Murder on the Roof (1930)
- The Devil's Chaplain (1929)
- Burning the Wind (1929)
- The House of Shame (1928)
- Undressed (1928)
- The Chorus Kid (1928)
- A Race for Life (1928)
- Pleasure Before Business (1927)(*survives; Library of Congress)
- The Temptress (1926)
- Chip of the Flying U (1926)
- The Lost World (1925)
- Peter Pan (1924)
- The Lightning Rider (1924)
- Stormswept (1923)
- Shadows of the North (1923)
- Vengeance of the Deep (1923)
- Omar the Tentmaker (1922)
- Monte Cristo (1922)
- Without Benefit of Clergy (1921)
- Masked (1920)
- Runnin' Straight (1920)
- Katchmer, George A. (2002). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. p. 110. ISBN 9780786446933. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
- Wagner, Laura (Fall 2016). "Virginia Brown Faire: B Western Leading Lady". Films of the Golden Age (86): 72–73.
- Slide, Anthony (2010). Silent Players: A Biographical and Autobiographical Study of 100 Silent Film Actors and Actresses. University Press of Kentucky. pp. 121–125. ISBN 0813137454. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
- 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.
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