She appeared in more Cecil B. DeMille films than any other actress. Her first DeMille film was The Woman God Forgot (1917), in which she played Geraldine Farrar's handmaiden. In the early 1930s, she left acting in order to study singing and also began to write; she also remarried during this time, but this second marriage lasted less than a year. This explains her absence in some DeMille epics of the 1930s, such as The Sign of the Cross (1932), Cleopatra (1934), The Crusades (1935), and The Buccaneer (1938). In the late 1930s, she returned to films with the help of DeMille, who gave her her last notable roles: Delilah (Hedy Lamarr)'s maidservant Hisham in Samson and Delilah (1949) and Aaron (John Carradine)'s wife Elisheba in The Ten Commandments (1956).
She was Cecil B. DeMille's mistress off-screen for quite some time. The devoted DeMille kept her employed in bit parts long after her career (and their relationship) was over.
Off-screen, she was known to be a highly skilled horsewoman.
Like many of her contemporaries, her home in Hollywood contained a Chinese room, filled with oriental art objects.
Was a Mack Sennett Bathing Beauty.
Appeared in four of Cecil B. DeMille's biblical epics: The Ten Commandments (1923), The King of Kings (1927), Samson and Delilah (1949), and The Ten Commandments (1956).
She played the Pharaoh Ramses' wife in The Ten Commandments (1923) and Aaron's wife Elisheba in The Ten Commandments (1956). Both films were directed by Cecil B. DeMille.
Had a coloratura soprano voice and studied singing in Europe in the early 1930s.
Appeared in Cecil B. DeMille's two remakes of The Squaw Man (1914): The Squaw Man (1918) and The Squaw Man (1931).
Was one of the silent film stars who were honored with citations from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for their help "in making Hollywood the film capital of the world." The event was held at the Academy Award Theater in 1951.
One of her rare leading lady roles was that of country girl Dorcas in His Dog (1927), a DeMille Pictures Corporation production co-starring Joseph Schildkraut.
Studied paintings of Napoleon's first wife, the French empress Josephine, in order to portray her accurately in The Fighting Eagle (1927).
Was given top billing for the first and only time in Turkish Delight (1927), a DeMille Pictures Corporation production co-starring Rudolph Schildkraut.
Her paternal grandfather, Thomas Maloney, was born in Ireland and settled in Virginia in the 1850s.
Was named after her maternal grandmother, Julia Ann (Crandall) Elliott (1851-1896).
Her father, Robert J. Maloney, was born in West Virginia. His family eventually settled in Newton, Kansas, where he worked for the Santa Fe Railroad and married in 1890, two years before Faye's birth. He died before 1901.
Her mother, Emma Louise Elliott (1872-1955), was born in New Castle, Indiana. After the death of her husband, she went to live with her parents and worked as a dressmaker. In 1901, she remarried to Cyrus D. Covell.