Edna Purviance's bio

Currently working on Edna Purviance's family biography.

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!)

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!

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.