Elinor Fair

Elinor Fair

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Born (1903-12-21)December 21, 1903
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Died April 26, 1957(1957-04-26) (aged 53)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1916-1934
Spouse(s) William Boyd
(m.1926-1929; divorced)
Thomas Daniels (1934-1935) (divorced)[1]
Jack White (1941-1944)[2]
? Martin (1945-1957)

Elinor Fair (December 21, 1903 – April 26, 1957) was an American motion picture actress. She began her career with the name Eleanor Crowe, changed it to Lenore Fair, and finally settled on Elinor Fair. It is not clear what her name at birth was.


When Fair was elected a WAMPAS Baby Star in 1924, she had already been in films for a number of years, and in vaudeville before that. She did some of her best work under contract to Cecil B. DeMille, appearing in such productions as Yankee Clipper and Let 'er go Gallagher. She also played in a handful of talkies, (often reduced to minor roles) before disappearing from the big screen in 1934.

From 1926 to 1929, she was married to cowboy actor, William Boyd. Boyd's proposal was unique—while filming a scene for the DeMille film The Volga Boatman (1926), Boyd's character professes his love for Fair's character. However, what audiences were not aware of (due to The Volga Boatman being a silent film) was that Boyd was actually proposing for real, and that Fair accepted in character and on screen, and for real. A baby girl was born to her and Boyd but died in infancy.

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