Edna Purviance's bio

June 6, 2018 - Re-editing Edna Purviance's family biography 2nd Draft. Photo: Leading Ladies © used by ednapurviance.org

Monday, August 28, 2006

Edna Purviance Documentary - Cinecon - Sept. 2 -11:30 AM

Cinecon Film Festival
September 2nd

11:30 AM
Renaissance Hotel
Hollywood, California

Video Premiere
Edna Purviance
"The Angel of Nevada"
Special Guest
Lita Hill


Sunday, August 27, 2006


Saturday, September 2, 2006, 11:30 AM, we will be at Cinecon in Hollywood for the video premiere of Edna Purviance's documentary, 'The Angel from Nevada' featuring Edna Purviance's grandniece, Lita Hill.

During our time in Hollywood we will be helping the 'Edna Purviance is a Star' and 'Death to Talkies' Facebook group with the Edna Purviance Walk of Fame Petition Drive.

I will be bringing flyers (see picture) to the event. If you are an Edna fan and like to help, please contact us at the Saturday event or by email (see walk of fame page or contact page on Edna's site).

from all of us in support of Edna Purviance...
Note: New Brief Glimpse

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Charlie Chaplin Film Festival - St. Louis 2006

August 25 - October 15, 2006
- Webster University Film Series will have eight Chaplin Chaplin Films shown each weekend with one of Chaplin's First National or Mutual shorts.

The features are all of Chaplin's classics: 'The Kid', 'The Gold Rush', 'The Circus', 'City Lights', 'Modern Times', 'The Great Dictator', 'Monsieur Verdoux' and 'Limelight'. Each feature will be shown with shorts including 'The Immigrant', 'Easy Street', 'The Pawnshop' and many more...

All the feature films will be 35mm prints! Each film will be hosted by a special guest from the St. Louis Arts Community. Check their calendar for times. This is one of the best Chaplin Film events I have heard of this year in the states, so if in the area, do support it... more information

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Edna Purviance Walk of Fame - French and Portuguese Page

To continue to help the "Edna Purviance is a Star" and "Death to Talkies" Facebook group Edna Purviance Walk of Fame Signature Drive project, ednapurviance.org has created three Walk of Fame pages on Edna's site to help spread the word to the world.

With the great help of Dominique Dugros and Daniele Rodrigues, we how have this page in three languages. Dominique created the French and Daniele has created the Portuguese page.


Special thanks to Daniele and Dominique for their quick and enthusiastic help. UPDATE: I have added a comment section on the bottom of the ENGLISH page to share with other Edna fans.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Midnightpalace - Classic and Obscure Movie Site

I like to extend our thanks to Gary at Midnightpalace for sending out the word about the Edna Purviance Walk of Fame Petition Drive: a petition drive started by Facebook ('Edna Purviance is a Star') group.

Also, checkout Midnightpalace for a fun site to see classic and obscure movies online, reviews and forum. They have just connected with Warner Brothers Studios and plan to have some great give aways for members in the near future! Sign up today, to become part of it!

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Special Thanks to Cinecon

We like to send our special thanks to everyone at Cinecon for the very nice special announcement for Edna's video event on their site! We are looking forward to the trip and hope to see Edna's fans there!

At this time, we are planning a special announcement about one of our projects at the event. This same announcement will be coming to Edna's site very soon afterwards...

Also, a new story about Edna and Charlie will appear on Edna's site soon! It is one I planned to launch in January 2005.

It was something I stumbled onto a few years ago, during my Edna research. I will be revealing a part from that research in the video for the first time. I will have Part One of the story behind it on Edna's site shorty after the video event... Thanks for visiting!

Friday, August 18, 2006

Edna Purviance Walk of Fame Signature Drive

Edna Purviance
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Petition Drive

Ednapurviance.org is helping 'Edna Purviance is a Star' group from Facebook, with their petition drive for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The group is administered by Mahendra Prasad.

See THIS special page to learn more.

UPDATE: Daniele Rodrigues, who have been working on translating Edna's pages to Portuguese, for our South American readers, is currently working on translating the Walk of Fame page to Portuguese. Many thanks, Daniele for helping out Edna!

And a big thanks to Dominique Dugros, our Chaplin book expert and longtime supporter, who has sent me the translations for a French page the Walk of Fame Drive Petition. I will have the french and portuguese pages up as soon as possible.

Also, I really want to thank all the EDNA fans who have been signing up on the Facebook petition recently! And four of our own here at Edna's... Our Chaplin Library expert, and longtime fan and supporters, Dominique and Emeline, our newest lady translator from Brazil, Daniele, and Mark, who has help with our Edna tribute page and has been with us for years. Many thanks to everyone!

UPDATE September 17th: Thanks to all the fans who have signed! The petition now has over 100 signatures and growing! See other posts on the drive at Edna's Place plus the blog site 'Edna Purviance Hollywood Walk of Fame Petition Drive' with updates.

Deadline is May 31, 2007, 12 NOON Pacific Time.

Time and Date for Edna Documentary - Cinecon

See link

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Chaplin's leading lady Edna Purviance Documentary Sept. 2nd

Edna Purviance
'The Angel from Nevada'
featuring Lita Hill, Edna's Grand Niece
Cameo appearance in video by Ellie Hill
Lita is our special guest at the video event!

CINECON - September 2, 2006 - 11:30 AM
Renaissance Hotel - Hollywood, California

First video documentary on Edna Purviance with never before seen photos of Edna Purviance, Charlie Chaplin, images from Edna's lost film (The Sea Gull), Edna's French film: Education of the Prince, a new theory on how Chaplin found Edna and her later years as told by her grand niece, Lita Hill, who knew Edna for over 20 years. This includes Edna's time with her family and rare images from her personal life, including her marriage to Jack Squire. About 56 minutes which includes a special 10 minute silent section with music. Cinecon will hold the showing on the third floor where the festival events are held at the Renaissance. Contact Cinecon about day passes or five day passes.

Check these links for more information:

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

John Squire - Edna Purviance's husband

I have placed a mini bio on John Squire on Edna's site. Lita Hill will be talking more about Jack in the coming video. Much more will be in the biography we are working on about Edna Purviance.

UPDATE January 2007: Jack and Edna's Personal Films. These discovered films document Jack's travels as a pilot with Pan American Airlines from the late 1920s before meeting Edna Purviance, to the early 1940s with footage of Edna and Jack at their South America home.

Behind the Scenes - Now Showing...

What you WON'T see at CINECON is this BEHIND THE SCENES
look filmed by Brent Turner of BLT Productions of Lita Hill and Linda Wada during the taping of the Lita Hill Interview. Brent filmed us during the actual taping of Lita's interview (filmed by wadaworks) and a glimpse at the collection.

The Quicktime video is a mini look at 4 1/2 minutes long. While best on cable modem, it was saved at high quality for broadband and cable modems. It needs Quicktime Player 7. There are links to download the free players if you don't have the current version. On the page there is a START only control to begin the video from the beginning.

None of this footage will be seen at Cinecon. It was edited by Linda Wada from Mr. Turner's video for ednapurviance.org visitors to enjoy. We hope you might enjoy this mini peek at ednapurviance.org... Link is at the bottom of the LITA HILL page.

The Angel from Nevada

SEPTEMBER 2, 2006 - 11:30AM

Monday, August 14, 2006

Latest Grand View Cemetery Article

Saturday, August 12, dozens of Glendale residents visited the locked gate at Grand View Cemetery. They were gathering signatures for a letter to sent to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to voice their interest in re-opening the cemetery for visitors. Meanwhile, the city is working on a plan to limited access. Liability is one of the main problems in working out a solution.

UPDATE AUGUST 24th - Latest report, there is a 99% chance of Grand View Cemetery being open for four hours on Sunday afternoons (12-4pm) starting August 27th. The mausoleums and buildings will be close (so seeing Edna's site is impossible, even with this opening.)

Also, Forrest Lawn sounds like they have no interest in taking over the cemetery because of the poor recordkeeping and no other cemetery operator would either, in their words.

So the future is in question for Grand View. Also, anyone interested in removing a love one from the cemetery, is impossible at this time. Due to no liabiliy insurance on the property, no business of any kind can be done, until an owner is in place. LINK TO STORY

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

More about Grand View Cemetery

UPDATE OCT. 2nd: This LA news story talks about trying to open Grand View for more hours and days. (Note: I did not delete the other links, but the stories on the Glendale Press site do go offline after 14 days. You can subscribe to their archives, if you wish.)

AUGUST 18th - Grand View Maybe Open for limited visits SOON! Grand View Cemetery maybe open for limited visits starting as soon as Sunday, August 27th. Link to August 17th story.

Here are a couple of new stories about Grand View. The first one concerns the city of Glendale looking into how they can try to open the cemetery for visitors. (LINK)

The second story comes from the mailbag from a local resident who lives by the cemetery and their story about the person who scaled the walls to get inside see their family gravesites. (LINK)

They are also taken in ideas to help come up with a solution to the problem. The fear is, the cemetery could be razed for property development, if no buyer can be found to run the operation.

NOTE: The stories from the newspaper go off line after 14 days. Check Glendale News Press website and search for Grand View Cemetery for the latest article.

(Photo by Linda Wada - Grandview May 2006 - Looking toward the Hollywood Hills)

Monday, August 07, 2006

Charlie Chaplin Studios and Edna hits a 'MILL..."

Sunday, August 6, 2006, Edna's site hit over a million pages read since coming online November 2001.

We like to thank everyone who has visited Edna the last five years. New stories and projects are in the works, so more to come in the years ahead...

As a little 'celebration' I have put together this image of the Chaplin Studios I took in May 2006 (LINK). Just a little fun look at the studio, as if walking pass it....

A 'million' thanks to all of you!!!


Note: Earlier versions of Internet Explorer does not read the top of Edna's Place Blog correctly. It cuts off the top of the name. I hope one day to design my own blog, but since that is not in the foreseeable future, it is best in the other browser options available.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Page from Charlie Chaplin's Past - MH Part 1

Part One of Six Parts...
August 3, 1920 - During Mildred's visit to New York

Mildred Harris Chaplin, who is stopping at a local hotel, denied today that she brought suit for divorce from her famous husband, Charles Chaplin, moving picture comedian. "I have signed no papers for divorce action", she stated. "I simply instructed my attorneys to bring suit for separation."

Mrs. Chaplin spoke very highly of her husband.

"There was no particular trouble," she said. "We just couldn't get along." My husband was not made for marriage. He is a man who should devote all his time to work. He is so nervous and irritable when working on a new picture that it is impossible to get along with him. He is a wonderful man, brilliant, but erratic."

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Thanks to Discover Chaplin

We like to extend our thanks to Discover Chaplin for the mention in their newsletter of our Edna Purviance video event at Cinecon coming this Labor Day weekend in Hollywood.

Also congratulations to Lisa Stein for her work on the 1930s re-issued published piece for Progetto Chaplin book series called 'A Comedian Sees the World'. In Italian, it is available through Discover Chaplin or bosa(at)aliceposta.it. Miss Stein is working on a future book about the life and art of Sydney Chaplin, Charlie Chaplin's brother.

Update December 2007 - The Chaplin Newsletter was posted for the last time, as writer Dr. Lisa Stein is busy working on her book about Sydney Chaplin. We like to send our best wishes with her new project. You can learn more at her site called Syd Chaplin.

February 2008 - Note about Discover Chaplin. I have been informed by Ted Lu their Discover Chaplin web site is being updated and maybe off the web at this time.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Page from Chaplin's Past

During the marriage of Charlie Chaplin and Lita Grey Chaplin, a party was held at Chaplin's house in Beverly Hills. Mrs. Chaplin decided to have an unplanned party on her own and invited her friends to her home. Chaplin walked in on the party, and to kindly say it, was not pleased. One of the guest was Baron and Baroness De Precourt, who would not talk about the evening in late 1926...

Baron in S.F. Refuses to Tell of Chaplin Party - San Francisco, December 4, 1926
Still refusing to discuss details of the party they attended which split the Charles Chaplin household, the Baron and Baroness De Precourt left San Francisco today for the east.

"I can say nothing about it," the baron emphasized. "We were guests of Mrs. Chaplin and were entertained in her home. Certainly no gentleman can discuss what occurs in the residence of his hostess".

The Baron did deny that it was a "wild party".

Asked if intoxicants were served, he said: "Why, this is a dry country. What could we have had to drink under such conditions?"

"No, I cannot discuss Chaplin's attitude, either. Perhaps, he was nervous."
Edna Note: Edna grew-up with parties at her home in Nevada as her mother and sisters loved social events. At Edna's LA home, parties with friends and family were common and some were unplanned. Just one of the differences between Edna and Charlie.

World Premiere Documentary
Edna Purviance 'The Angel from Nevada'

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