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Elinor Fair (Crowe)

Birthdate: (53)
Birthplace: Richmond, VA, USA
Death: April 26, 1957 (53)
Seattle, WA, USA
Immediate Family:

Ex-wife of William Lawrence Boyd

Managed by: Geoffrey David Trowbridge
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About Elinor Fair

Elinor Fair (21 December 1903 — 26 April 1957) was an American motion picture actress born in Richmond, Virginia. 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.

Fair died at the age of 53 in Seattle, Washington.

Selected filmography

Big Stakes
The Volga Boatman
Jim, the Conqueror (1926)
Sin Town
The Yankee Clipper
The Night Rider
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Elinor Fair's Timeline

December 21, 1903
Richmond, VA, USA
April 26, 1957
Age 53
Seattle, WA, USA