Elinor Fair is an enigma. She came from a family that moved constantly, she married many times and after her movie career ended she all but
disappeared into anonymity. Her life after 1944 is still mostly a mystery, mostly.
Born Eleanore Virginia Crowe on December 21, 1903 in Richmond, Virginia. She lived with her parents Harry (a salesman), Helen Crowe and her
older brother Donald. Sadly Donald died in 1904 just 4 months short of his third birthday. During her childhood her family moved many times and
she lived in Virginia, Washington State, California, Pennsylvania and possibly other states such as New York and Connecticut.
|WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1924 Elinor Fair is third
from the left. Clara Bow is first.
|I'd like to thank Susie Hatch for her tireless research!
In her earlier films she was credited as Eleanore Crowe, Eleanore Fair, Lenore Fair and finally legally changed
the spelling of her first name to Elinor. She kept Fair as her stage name though off screen she was Elinor
Crowe. Elinor was a popular Fox Studios actress and received positive reviews for her performances in both
drama and comedies. Some of her most popular early films were a string of comedies about the marital
misadventures where she was paired with Albert Ray. For a period in the teens, she went back to stage work but
soon Hollywood beckoned and she returned to films. In the early 1920's came more diverse films and again,
more good reviews of her performances.
Though her first screen credit was at the age of 12 or 13, some press reports have Elinor starting her career as a
musician either a violinist or a singer depending on the news release you read! According to those same releases she
studied music in Leipzig, Berlin, Paris and London but returned to the United States when World War 1 broke out.
Either way, around the time of World War 1, Elinor worked on stage and in Vaudeville and eventually the family
moved to California where Elinor was discovered as a dancer in a Los Angeles theatre and soon found work in silent
|For the rest of Elinor's story and much more information about her
career and personal life - plus MANY pictures not seen here, please
go to the website I created just for her: