Virginia Brown Faire (June 26, 1904 – June 30, 1980) was an American silent-film actress, appearing in dramatic films and, later, in sound westerns.
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.
Faire died of cancer in 1980 in Laguna Beach, California, aged 76.
- 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)