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Finding Aid for the Virginia Brown Faire papers, 1918-1977 (bulk 1918-1929)
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
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  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Virginia Brown Faire papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1918-1977
    Date (bulk): (bulk 1918-1929)
    Collection number: 281
    Creator: Faire, Virginia Brown 1904-1980
    Extent: 1 boxes (.5 linear ft.)2 oversize flat (1.5 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Actress Virginia Brown Faire appeared in over forty silent film productions. The collection consists of photographs and scrapbooks related to her career.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

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

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Performing Arts 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 281). Performing Arts Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


    Virginia LaBiuna was born June, 26 2004 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

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Faire, Virginia Brown, 1904-1980 -- Archives.
    Motion picture actors and actresses -- Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Film stills.