Elinor Fair

Elinor Fair Martin (born Eleanore Virginia Crowe; December 2, 1903 – April 26, 1957)[3] was an American motion picture actress.

Elinor Fair Martin
Martin in 1919
Eleanore Virginia Crowe

(1903-12-21)December 21, 1903
DiedApril 26, 1957(1957-04-26) (aged 53)
Other namesEleanor Crowe
Lenore Fair
Elinor Fair
Years active1916–1934
William Boyd
(m. 1926; div. 1929)

Thomas Daniels
(m. 1934; div. 1935)
Jack White
(m. 1941; div. 1944)
? Martin (m. 1945)
  • Harry Crowe (father)
  • Helen Crowe (mother)
RelativesDonald Crowe (brother)

Early years

Crowe was born on December 21, 1903, in Richmond, Virginia, to Harry Crowe, a salesman, and Helen Crowe. Her older brother Donald died in 1904 just four months short of his third birthday. During her childhood her family relocated multiple times.


When Fair was elected a WAMPAS Baby Star in 1924,[3] 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.

Personal life

From 1926 to 1929, she was married to cowboy actor William Boyd.[3] 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 in real life. They did not have any children together.

On December 27, 1932, Fair married aviator Thomas W. Daniels. He obtained an annulment, but they reconciled and remarried. They divorced, however, in 1935.[4]

Selected filmography

Further reading

  • Michael G. Ankerich (2010). Dangerous Curves atop Hollywood Heels: The Lives, Careers, and Misfortunes of 14 Hard-Luck Girls of the Silent Screen. BearManor. ISBN 1-59393-605-2.


  1. "The Pittsburgh Press - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com.
  2. "Marriages". Elinor Fair.
  3. Katchmer, George A. (2015). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. p. 109. ISBN 9781476609058. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  4. "Divorce Asked by Elinor Fair". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. March 12, 1935. p. 19. Retrieved August 28, 2019 via Newspapers.com.
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