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Virginia Brown Faire papers, 1918-1977 (bulk 1918-1929)
PASC 281  
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  • Title: Virginia Brown Faire papers
    Collection number: PASC 281
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 2.0 linear ft. (1 box and 2 oversize flat boxes)
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1918-1929
    Date (inclusive): 1918-1977 (bulk 1918-1929)
    Abstract: Actress Virginia Brown Faire appeared in over forty silent film productions. The collection consists of photographs and scrapbooks related to her career.
    Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Creator: Faire, Virginia Brown, 1904-1980

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Virginia Brown Faire Papers (Collection PASC 281). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.


    Virginia LaBiuna was born June, 26 1904 in Brooklyn, N.Y. She used her stepfather's name of Brown when she entered and won the 1919 Motion Picture Classic "Fame and Fortune" contest. For a short time she used the name Virginia Faire, but later decided to reclaim the name Brown. She moved to California to begin her acting career at the age of sixteen. She appeared in over forty silent film productions such as Without Benefit of Clergy (1921), Monte Cristo (1922), Peter Pan (1924) and The Temptress (1926). She was married to Jack Dougherty, producer Duke Worne and businessman William Bayer. Although the transition to talking pictures was not easy, she continued to act through 1934. Her marriage to Bayer coincided with her retirement from the screen, although she appeared in industrial films and did some radio work in Chicago. Virginia Brown Faire died of cancer June, 30 1980 in Laguna Beach, CA.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of photographs and scrapbooks related to the career of actress Virginia Brown. The bulk of the collection dates between 1918-1929, but also includes a 1977 interview transcript with Faire. Photographs include portraits and movie stills from films including Omar the Tentmaker (1922), The Cricket on the Hearth (1923) and Chip of the Flying U (1926) among others. Scrapbooks include press clippings of reviews and publicity for Faire's motion picture projects. Also includes a small number of Faire's Engagement contracts.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Contracts
    2. Interviews
    3. Motion Picture Stills
    4. Photographs
    5. Scrapbooks
    6. Writings by Others

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 5091551 

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Faire, Virginia Brown, 1904-1980--Archives.
    Film stills.
    Motion picture actors and actresses--United States--Archives.