Fay Tincher was a popular silent comedy star who was blacklisted for being a lesbian.
She was born on April 17, 1884 in Topeka, Kansas. Fay was the oldest of four daughters. Her family was wealthy and she attended Ziegfeld Musical College in Chicago. After her father died she spent three years living in Paris and London with her sister. She started her career in vaudeville and appeared in several Broadway shows. Faye married actor Ned Buckley in 1908 but later claimed she only did it on a dare. She was discovered by an agent who thought she resembled Mabel Normand. In 1913 she was signed by Biograph studios and made her film debut in A Puritan Episode. She starred in a string of hit comedies including Laundry Liz, Sunshine Dad, and In Skirts. Her trademark look was messy hair and a black and white striped outfit. She became a popular comedy star and was called "The Female Chaplin". Although she was not a sex symbol she won a bathing beauty contest in 1915 wearing a striped bathing costume. Faye was a lesbian and had a long term romance with screenwriter Maie B. Henry.