Edna Purviance's bio

Currently working on Edna Purviance's family biography.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Edna Purviance's First Film "A Night Out"

On February 15, 1915, "A Night Out" was released from Essanay. With story, direction and starring Charlie Chaplin, with co-star Ben Turpin and new leading lady, Edna Purviance (in her first film).

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A little update...

Sorry for the lack of posts at the moment, but very busy working on something more permanent then a blog post for Edna, as I working on Edna's family bio. Back here soon... 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Edna Purviance (Oct. 21, 1895 - Jan. 13, 1958)


January 13, 1958, marks the day Edna Purviance died. For years,
I have been trying to get the date corrected on the web. I get it corrected,
someone else places the date back to January 11th. My information comes
from Edna's family documents and official California death certificate. But,
there are plenty of people who believe the 11th date instead.


I recently did some more requests in getting the date corrected. Like anything
dealing with Edna, it takes time to correct the errors.

Edna Purviance was born on October 21, 1895.
Her gravesite says, 1896, but that isn't true.
I am still researching to learn why it was changed
in the early 1920s, as Edna had it correct in all the years
before the 1920s.


Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy 100th! Edna Purviance, since starting films!


2015 marks Edna Purviance's 100th year since starting in films. Edna arrived at the Niles Essanay Studios on, Thursday, January 21, 1915. She took her film test and continued in pictures for the next 12 years. A full year looking back at Edna's first year in films.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Buster Keaton's 'The Cameraman' January 13th


From Susan Finkelstein, Cinema Art Centre:

In his final great comedy masterpiece, Buster Keaton stars as a clumsy man hopelessly in love with a woman working at MGM Studios, and attempts to become a motion picture cameraman to be close to the object of his desire. “The Cameraman” screens in the monthly Anything But Silent series with accompanist Ben Model on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at 7:30 pm at Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, New York. 






Monday, December 22, 2014

Season's Greetings!


Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Purviance and Chaplin on TCM, and Edna's family biography update

December 17th, 'The Kid' and 'City Lights' will be on TCM. Check your listings for time.

Also, just noting again, the lack of updates is the fact I am working on Edna's family bio. I am certainly working on the end of her film years. It's the last big career section in the book, before I start her years after films. I have done a lot of new research for this section, so it takes time sorting out and preparing for writing.

So far, I have 271 pages written for the first draft. This covers her family life starting with her mother and grandparents in England, moving to America, settling in Idaho, and then Nevada. Family life in Nevada, until Edna's birth, and Edna's life in Nevada until she moved to San Francisco to go to business school. And it goes from there...

Family was an important part of her life. Charles Chaplin is in part of the book, but he isn't the whole story when it comes to Edna's life.

Back to work... Updates on Edna's .org home page under LATEST.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The Adventurer comparsion

Another comparison from Joao Antônio Franz dos Santos. This time "The Adventurer."



Not as many differences as "The Pilgrim," but bits here and there. The most interesting, is the Russian version of the Mother scene at the docks. Take a good look at Chaplin's face.


Here's the videos to view yourself. Thanks, for sharing, Joao.





(Note: Very sorry for the lack of updates, but I have been spending every free moment working on Edna's family bio. I am nearly entering the years after her film career ended in the late 1920s. The book starts with her mother's life in England in the 1870s. Keep an eye out for updates!)

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween with Murray Ewing's "The Laughing Ghost"

Happy Halloween with this perfect treat from music maker and writer, Murray Ewing. Perfect for listening and singing along to, with your 'spooky crew' this Halloween night. Totally delightful Halloween treat!

Thanks to Murray for creating this wonderful Halloween song. Enjoy!




Follow more of Murray's writings and creations at Mewsings.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Happy Birthday to Edna Purviance!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, EDNA!
October 21, 1895 - Paradise Valley, Nevada
Parents: Madison Gates Purviance and Louise Davey Purviance




Monday, September 29, 2014

Raquel Meller, NOT Edna Purviance

Another NOT EDNA PURVIANCE, as Jessica Buxton shared an image she found in the new book 'Charlie Chaplin' by Peter Ackroyd (released May 2014).

The photo marked (A) shows Charlie Chaplin, but NOT with Edna Purviance, as the caption reads in Ackroyd's book, but with Raquel Meller. And the year wasn't 1918, but 1926. In picture (B), Chaplin and Meller were photographed for the Los Angeles Times on the Circus set, at Chaplin's studio in the summer of 1926 (image B). 




Special image created by ednapurviance.org


Chaplin had one of his instant attraction to Meller, and even wanted to cast her in his NAPOLEON film. While nothing came of that, Chaplin did use the song Meller helped make famous, "LA VIOLETERA," for his music for the blind girl theme in 'City Lights.'  Chaplin never credited the composer, leading people to think  "LA VIOLETERA" was his own creation. The composer, José Padilla Sánchez, sued Chaplin, and won his lawsuit against Chaplin for using his music uncredited. 

As for the caption, it's another example of people not knowing what Edna Purviance looks like. It's easy to see it is NOT Edna, by face features and hair colour alone. What's more puzzling, is how the author came to the conclusion this was Edna.   

Thanks, Jessica, for sharing this. Just want people to know, if you have this book, and you see this image, it is NOT Edna Purviance. 


Another NOT Edna Purviance at Edna's Facebook page and Edna's org. Home site.

And here is an original recording of "LA VIOLETERA" as sung by Raquel Meller in the 1920s.
Original composer, José Padilla Sánchez.




Monday, September 22, 2014

Grand View Cemetery sold!



After nearly a decade of court battles, and trying to find a new owner, Grand View Cemetery has been sold. The Heritage Cemetery Management Inc. purchased the Glendale cemetery in May 2014.

Currently, the cemetery is having some upgrades, with future plans for more improvements. The cemetery first opened in 1890. It ran into serious problems leading to a lawsuit in 2005. Time will tell what the future of the cemetery will be, but at least it is beginning a new start.

Grand View is the final resting place for several films stars, including Edna Purviance.

More from the Glendale Press.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Edna Purviance DOES NOT have a Star on the Walk of Fame

Just letting fans know, I learned today from Diana Calado, my FAKE Walk of Fame Star, for the Edna Purviance Walk of Fame petition drive, was used in a book about Charlie Chaplin, saying Edna has a star.

Edna DOES NOT have a star on the Walk of Fame, and these people never read the site or never followed up, to learn the information behind this star. They just took it and published it.

So, letting my followers and fans know, this is my fake star, and I had NOTHING to do with the publisher of the book, who took my image and published it with false information on Edna. Thanks very much to Diana Calado, for informing me about this today...





Thursday, September 11, 2014

Comparing Charlie Chaplin's THE PILGRIM

Joao Antônio Franz dos Santos has created this wonderful comparison video showing the official release of THE PILGRIM (as Charlie Chaplin had last edited it for The Chaplin Revue in the late 1950s) and a much earlier Russian version released closer to the original silent version.

Don't know the exact year of the Russia version, but could have been an original silent version released with sound during the 1930s, since the frame isn't as wide. But Joao was going through his collection and re-discovered it, so can't remember when he got it, but decided to make this comparison to show the differences.

Sample from Joao's comparison, showing Edna & Charlie in scene not in the any official version.

The Russian version is not restored, but putting that aside, you'll see totally different takes, more close ups, scenes not seen anywhere else, changes in speed, and general different feel of Charlie's character, that Chaplin edited together in the earlier version. I and others, have seen a more gentle version of Charlie's character in his last edited films, over his earlier edited films during his career. (I did a report on The Kid a few years ago.)

I personally enjoy seeing these earlier versions, because it tells me more about Chaplin during his filmmaking years, over the period he was retired and re-editing his work for a modern audience. He shifted his character to being more gentle and polite in his later edits, every chance he got. I have now seen the same change in The Kid, Shoulder Arms, Pay Day and now The Pilgrim. (Should say, also love the silent version of The Gold Rush, over the narrative one in the 1940s.) Just something more real about this character in his earlier edits.

Chaplin also was more balanced in showing the other characters he played with. To me, he seemed to refocused the last edits toward himself more, and removed bits to whole backgrounds of the other characters. (I thought Jackie had some of his best scenes in an earlier version of The Kid, but could say the same for some of Chaplin's scenes, as well.) Great film in both, but love the earlier version as Charlie's character seems more real, and not as polished. The best thing I like about the last edited films is the music, but really like the earlier versions for the character and story.

These films were released by Chaplin since he owned the copyright from 1918 onward, so he approved of both, just in different eras. Just love seeing the earlier Chaplin, when he was in his prime years and seeing films his peer audiences saw. Thanks to Joao for making this comparison. Great study!

Also has scenes not seen of Edna Purviance in other versions, which is great for Edna's fans!

Comparison created by Joao Antônio Franz dos Santos

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Richard Attenborough has died...

Director and actor, Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90. Attenborough did many things, but one that Chaplin fans will remember, is his directing of the film CHAPLIN.

Attenborough talking about Charlie Chaplin, and this life, with John Gallagher




CHAPLIN - The Film