Growing up in Nevada, Edna Purviance met many people from different parts of the world. Paradise Valley and Lovelock, Nevada had immigrants from European countries, Britain, China, Mexico, Russia, etc... She got to hear many different accents as immigrants learned English, along with their native language. Even Edna's mother (born and raised in England until age 11) still had some of her English accent late in life. To hear all the different accents Edna may have heard has gotten easier with an interesting project by George Mason University.
The Speech Accent Archive is a collection of recorded native and non-native speakers of English from around the world. By clicking on browse you will find a map where you can click on any country and find sample recordings. The Archive list over 600 samples. An interesting tool to hear and learn the different accents of the world.