Edna Purviance's bio

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

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Edna Purviance Website questions

From time to time, I post some of the questions that come by. Here are three for today.

What war(s) were going on during Charlie Chaplin's live?
I will list the bigger ones: WWI, WWII, Korea War, Vietnam War.

What color of hair did Edna Purviance have?
From the color film, still color photos and hand colored photos of Edna we have in the Hill Family Collection (from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s), Edna was a natural strawberry blond. It is why it sometimes looks slightly darker, at times, in black and white film. Red tones do photograph darker in B&W. She did inherited her hair color from her father's side of the family (Madison Gates Purviance). Louise (her mother) had darker hair.

What was the last photo of Edna Purviance?
We have the last known family photo taken of Edna. It was in late 1957. She was at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland, California. Edna was in a wheelchair at the time, with her sisters Myrtle and Bessie visiting, with their family pet dog, Tippy, by Edna's side. I don't know who took the photo, but could have been Bessie Purviance Hill or maybe even her son, Morgan Hill, who visited often with other family members.

This photo was first seen in public at our Hollywood presentation of "Angel from Nevada" the Lita Hill interview, at Cinecon in 2006. I am currently updating this video for the International Charlie Chaplin Conference coming this October, in Zanesville, Ohio.

Watch for more questions in the future, that pass by, on Edna's site.

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