Edna Purviance's bio

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

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Have you seen this lady?

Have you seen this lady? If you think you know who she is, you can contact us through this site. Here is a link for a bit more. Thanks for your help.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Charlie Chaplin featured on BBC3 Radio

UPDATE MARCH 11th - I hope you got to hear this special program on Charlie Chaplin. The program is now off line.

Chaplin, Celebrity and Modernism - BBC3 radio - Sunday Feature

Update March 4th, 2007 - Charlie Chaplin on Sunday Feature is now available for listening for the next seven days. LINK TO BROADCAST

MARCH 5th - Guardian Review of the program
March 4th, 2007 - 21:30-22:15 pm London Time
- Charlie Chaplin will be the topic on BBC 3 Sunday Feature. Mark Kermode:

"investigates the great comedian's celebrity role and influence on world culture from the modernists and Dadaists to the Russian avant-garde and imitators in Bombay."

Also featured will be private letters from Winston Churchill, James Agee and Truman Capote. BBC 3 is available live online. For the time in your area check Time and Date. The program is 45 minutes.

Note: If you haven't listened online to BBC before, just go to BBC 3 web site and click on RADIO PLAYER. Problems? Just click no help.

Friday, February 23, 2007


The ChaplinOperas is a fresh way to see Charlie Chaplin's films with live music. Based in the United Kingdom, these live music performances combine voice and a variety of instruments set to Chaplin's Mutual Films: Easy Street, The Immigrant and The Adventurer. All films co-starring Edna Purviance.

You can search under ChaplinOperas to find their latest show dates. They are currently schedule at The Avil for February 27, 2007 in Baskingstoke, England and February 28, 2007 at Southbank Centre in London. The Baskingstoke show is planned to be recorded for a future BBC 3 Radio broadcast.

"This is Chaplin as you've never heard him before… an unmissable reinvention of a comic legend!" - The Guardian

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Resonance FM - I'm Ready for my Close-Up

"I'm Ready for my Close-up" has interesting interviews about film, television, festivals and other media, like creators of comics. Recently, they covered the scoring of silent films. These programs are available to listen to by Podcast at I'm Ready for my Podcast.

The live program run online every Thursday on Resonance FM: 11:30 pm UK, 5:30 pm eastern, and 2:30 pm Pacific. Check out the many programs on London's Art Radio Station.

Scoring Silent Movies | Current state of Silent Movie

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Chaplin Library

I am working on a major update on the Chaplin Library this year, but in the meantime, I just received a new selection of Charlie Chaplin books from Dominique. Watch for the update coming soon on the LATEST PAGE. Also I have been updating some of Edna's site pages the past couple of weeks. So you may need to refreshed a bookmark page here and there, if needed.

Monday, February 19, 2007

A little dip before leaving...

Not exactly the image that comes to mind, when I think of airport. Back in the carefree days of flying, when screening met sitting in the shade. Early 1960s, I believe... (And yes, it is a real image, not a recreated one.)

Daylight Saving Time 2007 - Changes in schedule

Just a little reminder that Daylight Saving Time in the U.S. has changed to a much earlier date this year. The U.S. springs forward March 11th. Here is a list of times and dates for DST in different countries.

Rebecca Parris version of SMILE

The smiles keep coming as Rebecca Parris recorded her version of SMILE on her recently released CD called: You Don't Know Me.

"vibes/bass format supplies appropriately touching, intimate accompaniment to Parris’ hopeful take on the closer, “Smile,” immortalized by Charlie Chaplin"

Friday, February 16, 2007

Working on A WOMAN OF THE SEA - The Sea Gull

Yes! We are working on The Sea Gull. We have been very busy with our own business this past month and do have times we have to pause on the project, but now back on track! I like to thank the latest fans who have signed up for our contest. I will be sending a message to our list this month for an update on the project. There will be more here and at the contest page, but right now, I'm just focusing on the project at hand with the many things to do! So many thanks for all the interest in the project! Stay tune...

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Our Town - Directed by Josef von Sternberg

With our coming book THE SEA GULL featuring the lost work of Josef von Sternberg, I thought I share this link from the INTERNET ARCHIVE. Called OUR TOWN, this film produced by the U.S. Office of War Information, features the town of Madison, Indiana in 1945. It was directed by Josef von Sternberg. So if you haven't seen it, here is your chance... LINK

Also check THE SEA GULL page for updates on the project.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

The Gold Rush - TCM February Schedule Change

Update: More Chaplin Films coming in February and April!

Turner Classic Movies
made a schedule change for February 20th, 2007, 10:30AM EST. Charlie Chaplin's THE GOLD RUSH has replaced "The Men in Her Life" for that time slot.

Charles Chaplin - The Gold Rush
Turner Classic Movies
February 20th, 2007 - 10:30AM Eastern Time.

See this LINK for more showing on TCM
Check TCM schedule for time in your area.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Smile - Tierney Sutton Band

The latest recording of Smile was release February 2007 by the Tierney Sutton Band. It is said to be a 'spare piano-and-voice' version by Tierney Sutton. See more SMILE releases and other Chaplin music at Chaplin's Music Guide at ednapurviance.org.
February 12, 2007 - Just a note that we have been very busy with The Sea Gull lately. I will be placing short updates on the bottom of the The Sea Gull contest form about the project. More coming.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Hollywood Series: Kevin Brownlow & David Gill

While the Hollywood Series is still on hold due to copyright issues, Google Video has started to feature it.

Has been removed from Google:
Current videos showing are: Comedy: A Serious Business (features Chaplin), The Pioneers, Single Beds and Double Standards, Star Treatment, Hollywood Goes to War and Trick of the Light. The Cinema Europe Series is also being featured.

(Let us hope the copyright issues are settled, because the Hollywood Series should be on DVD. Who is providing these, is not really clear. It says Thames and Photoplay.)
I have placed links on Edna's Hollywood Series page, as well.

MARCH 31, 2007 - Links to more about Kevin Brownlow

Update April 4th - On April 28, 2007 Kevin Brownlow was recipient of the Mel Novikoff Award at the Castro Theatre during the San Francisco International Film Festival

Update April 27st - Kevin Brownlow: Introduction to Silents - Sunday, April 29th at the San Francisco International Film Festival Location: The Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley Art Museum... more>

Niles Mid-Winter Film Festival 2007

February 16th, 17th & 18th, 2007 - Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum is holding their Mid-Winter Comedy Festival at the Edison Theater in Niles, California. The three day event is full of silent films and early classics from the 1930s. Included are films by Harold Lloyd, Harry Langdon, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and many more. Hosts for the event are Richard Roberts and Chris Snowden. See this link for MORE INFORMATION. Check the museum link for future events.

Sacramento, California - Silent Film Fans
Check out the Sierra Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society. They do run a series of silent film events. MORE INFORMATION

Thursday, February 08, 2007

BlogTalkRadio for Mac Users

UPDATE: October 2007 - BlogTalkRadio site has been totally updated.

This may not be a problem for some users, but after reading the BlogTalkRadio forum, there are users who are having problems listening to BlogTalkRadio LIVE with a Mac. I decided to test a live broadcast out Wednesday evening and found it wasn't a click away to listen, but took four hours of research to find the right combination of programs to do it.

My husband's Mac was set up to just click on a live program and it worked. So we had to find out the combination of software to make it work on my Mac. I have the latest Windows Media Player for Mac and Flip4Mac WMV. That was not enough to play the live broadcast. What made it work for my Mac was installing VLC Media Player for Mac OS X. (the latest version, not older ones, which had problems) The software is free at this link.

I had no problems listening to live broadcast before, it's just BlogTalkRadio does take a different combination of software to make it work on a MAC. So for you listeners having issues, I hope this might help. Happy Listening...

Follow up: I had a message saying if I had FIREFOX installed on my Mac, I wouldn't have had this problem. I had FIREFOX since it first came out and have updated it regularly. Just to be clear, I was using the latest FIREFOX with the latest Media Player for Mac and Flip4Mac (even tried it with other browsers) during the test, and it would not play any of the live BTR programs. When we decided to load VLC, that is when it finally played the live streams. So FIREFOX alone was not the answer. Not anybody has the same system, but this was the first time I had any problems listening to a live broadcast on the internet. Just hope to answer the question for others who run into the same problem. Thanks for your message... - L

Follow up 2 - Well, I had a rush of emails on this today. I had some of the same problems as you. For MAC, Firefox is the best browser I have seen for the PROGRAMMING GUIDE page (where the LIVE shows are listed). Safari doesn't work right on that page (it needs to be fixed), as all the information is pushed together on the right hand side. And yes the link to the live programming page doesn't scream at you, but sits quietly with other links on a bar of links. Maybe it should say LIVE or ON AIR NOW. Anyway, it appears to be very popular and will grow and improve with time.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

American Theatre Organ Society

If you live in the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Australia or the USA, check out this link to the American Theatre Organ Society. It has a listing of theatre organs with schedules of silent film events during the year. You might just find an event near you.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Kansas Silent Film Festival

Kansas Silent Film Festival - February 23-24, 2007
White Concert Hall, Washburn University
Topeka, Kansas

This free event is open to the public and features many films including an evening of Charlie Chaplin, Charley Chase, and Harry Langdon on Friday night, a presentation of the restored DVD version of Cyrano de Bergerac on Saturday and closing with the restored 1927 Chicago. Some of the films will have music provided by Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. You can hear more about this event in the February 5th, 2007 podcast of Stolen Moments. Denise Morrison, with the festival, is a featured guest.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

ICONS - for Classic Film Fans

For the classic film fan looking for something new, ICONS magazine might just fill the bill! Fans can subscribe to it internationally by the Internet.

Update July 14, 2007 - Icons Magazine has finally been published.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Charlie Chaplin Society of Japan

The Charlie Chaplin Society of Japan is planning the Kyoto Silent Film Festival for March 2007. The theme is Chaplin and War. The showing of Chaplin's Shoulder Arms is scheduled with music by Kyoto Symphony Orchestra.

A special exhibit is also planned from the collection of author David Robinson, with set designs from Modern Times, Monsieur Verdoux and The Great Dictator. For more information contact Ono Hiroyuki of The Chaplin Society of Japan.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Charlie Chaplin - Happy Birthday on TCM

Turner Classic Movies will celebrate Charlie Chaplin's Birthday on April 16th, with six programs scheduled including The Kid with Edna Purviance and the 2003 Richard Schickel documentary, Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin. There are other films scheduled as well during February and April. Check this link for MORE DETAILS.

Charlie Chaplin - Action Figure Doll

If you haven't seen it, Charlie Chaplin is being marketed as an action figure doll standing on a plastic film reel all stored in a metal movie reel box. MORE

Also, if you are visiting Edna's Place, and the top of the page doesn't appear like this image, you maybe using an older browser, like Internet Explorer 6. Good time to update 'the old browser'. This captured image is from Safari. Firefox is also a good one, which has some nice features, like pop-up blockers.