Edna Purviance's bio

Currently working on Edna Purviance's family biography. Photo: Leading Ladies © used by ednapurviance.org

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Busy offline

Sorry for the lack of posts this year, but have been very busy offline this year. Currently working on Edna's family bio. Right now in the late years of her life, for the first draft. Also, spent time on an Edna and Charlie event in Nevada this year. This included a visit to Lovelock, Nevada, and MC'ing a two day film event in Reno, with film historian David Shepard, and world class pianist, Frederick Hodges. Currently I am working on an item about this event.

Current plans is to spend my time in getting the first draft of Edna's family bio complete. so back to work…

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

2015 Flicker Alley Essanay's

The Flicker Alley edition of the 'Chaplin's Essanay Comedies' are now ready for pre-order. Release date is November 10th, 2015. The set comes in Blu-Ray and DVD, with bonus material. LINK

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

April 29, 1915 - Edna and Charlie 'By the Sea'

"By the Sea" was Chaplin's first film back in Los Angeles, after leaving Niles. It was a quick one reeler, as Chaplin and company were waiting for a studio to be ready for them. This was Edna's sixth film with Chaplin.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Tramp - Release April 11, 1915

"The Tramp" was released by Essanay 100 years ago today, on April 11, 1915.  It was Edna Purviance's fifth film with Charlie Chaplin.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Working away on Edna Purviance's family Bio

Very sorry for the lack of post, but getting nearer to the end of the first draft for Edna's family biography. I am well into the later years of her life now... Back to writing...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Edna Purviance's 3rd film 'In the Park' 1915

In the Park - Released on March 18, 1915 - Edna Purviance's third film.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Edna Purviance's second film 'The Champion' 1915

The Champion - Edna Purviance's second film - released March 11, 1915

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!)