Edna Purviance's bio

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

Monday, April 30, 2007

Charlie Chaplin and Edna Purviance on TCM July

Turner Classic Movies will have three Charlie Chaplin films coming this July 2007, including Edna Purviance and Chaplin in the 1918, 'A Dog's Life.' more>

The Paramount Theatre - Seattle - Harold Lloyd Retrospective

April 30th - May 25th, 2007 - The Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington is hosting A Retrospective of Harold Lloyd Films. It is part of the Trader Joe's Silent Movie Mondays series. Check The Paramount web site for times and tickets. more>

Saturday, April 28, 2007

The Sea Gull - win a copy reminder....

While I am still waiting for manuscripts to return from our reader panel, thought I remind anyone interested in The Sea Gull contest, that the form for entering the contest will end without warning on Edna's site. This is so I prevent lots of last minute entries and give the fans who signed-up and have been patiently waiting, a better chance in winning.

Also to give you an idea who is interested in Edna, thought I listed a few of the countries that have entered so far. There are many entries from all over the USA, but here is a sampling of the countries of other fans who have entered from around the world: Germany, United Kingdom, Peru, Czech Republic, Sweden, Canada, Belgium, Croatia, Austria, Deutschland, Brazil and Philippines.

There are more, but like to thank everyone interest in the project. Lots more to come, so stay tune... Update May 23, 2007 - Final manuscript will be back this holiday weekend, so final work on the book will continue very soon!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Sridevi creation of Charlie Chaplin

In our Edna Purviance 'Angel from Nevada' interview with Lita Hill, Lita talks about Edna doing little skits re-creating some of Charlie Chaplin's acts during her childhood. A glimpse of that spirit is seen in the newly discovered films showing Edna's personal life.

In the future, fans will have a chance to see Edna in those films, but for now, a bit from the past from a Bollywood actress who re-created Chaplin.

India actress, Sridevi, is noted for her impersonation of Charlie Chaplin in the 1987 Bollywood film 'Mr. India'. Her performance:

"won her rave reviews and gave her the name Miss Hawa Hawai while the Charlie Chaplin act in the film remains an unforgettable performance. " (about her from wikipedia)

Recently her performance has been added to the youtube collection. It is not silent, but she does a very nice job capturing Chaplin's spirit.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Edna Site UPDATE - NEW Film Festival page

I decided to create a new home for the Silent Film Festival page I created here in January. While the Edna's Place page will stay up, all my new updates will be on this brand new page on Edna's site.

More links to come on this special page, but here is the preview of the new Silent Film Festivals and Events page at Edna's! more>

Thanks for visiting the Edna's Place page! The January page created here will stay, but not updated with new events.

APRIL 26TH - I am still updating links and added a few more today. Special thanks to LH for some editing help this week. Thanks for visiting!

Lee Miller photos at the V&A - included Chaplin

September 15, 2007 - January 6, 2008
The Art of Lee Miller - Victoria & Albert Museum - London

"The Art of Lee Miller will feature some works that have never been exhibited before, as well as her celebrated portraits of Charlie Chaplin and Picasso." - from This is London

The first retrospective of renowned photographer Lee Miller will be on exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum September 15, 2007 through January 6, 2008. This exhibit plans to included images of Charlie Chaplin, Man Ray and Picasso.

The V&A is free to enter, but special exhibits like Miller's, do charge a fee. If you have not visited the V&A, do plan a full morning or long afternoon to see the many exhibits.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Carl Davis interview with CBSO

In October 2006, Carl Davis started his 70th birthday celebration with a series of silent film concerts including one with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (posted here last year). The concert featured films of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd, all with live music conducted by Carl Davis.

Born in New York City, Davis has built a career with his musical work in Britain, which includes television, film and his special work with silent film. Most noted for Chaplin fans with his work with Kevin Brownlow and David Gill with the UNKNOWN CHAPLIN series.

In September 2006, Mr. Davis recorded a twenty-eight minute interview for CBSO about his career and work. It is available in a full version under September 2006 Podcast Extras or a *shorten version under the October 2006 Podcast. (*The shorten version is the second interview in a series of interviews.)

Full Version | Shorter Version (second interview)

CBSO occasionally show silent films with Mr. Davis. Also, check Carl Davis's web site for his latest performances. (Currently, Mr. Davis is doing his October 2006-2007 70th Birthday Season tour. See his site for current events.)

Saturday, April 21, 2007

SP4449 and Union Pacific 844 Excursion

Puget Sound Steam Special - May 19th, 2007
Last fall I placed a link on Edna's site about the SP 4449. (Sixth Year posting.) This was a train Edna could have rode during the 1940s, during her many trips between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

For the first time, the SP 4449 and the Union Pacific 844 will have a special double excursion between the cities of Tacoma and Everett, Washington.
Since the SP 4449 is in Portland, Oregon some of you may get a glimpse of it on its way to Tacoma and back. For more information and for tickets about this special event called Puget Sound Steam Special, check with the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation or The Friends of SP 4449.

Trips like this can't replace the time Edna and Charlie lived in and traveled by train, but they do help you experience a 'taste' of what life by rail was like during their day. As for the UP 844, that engine ran as one of its routes, the Overland Limited. This route was between Oakland and Chicago, the same route Chaplin took in January 1915, just before meeting Edna.

David Attenborough and the Lyre Bird

At times, I share other interests here and being Earth Day weekend, this is somewhat related...

While Charlie and Edna fans know Richard Attenborough and his work with the film 'Chaplin', Richard's brother, David Attenborough, has worked in the film industry for years with his nature series. Filming in many corners of the world, he has film of areas that could be gone in years to come.

A clip that became very popular in the UK has been the one showing the Lyre Bird. This shy bird imitates the sounds around him. If you have not seen this clip yet, I will let you listen to this piece introduced by presenter Bill Oddie and followed by David Attenborough (full clip 3 minutes 58 seconds).

I know Edna would have been interested in seeing this. Edna loved animals and even owned birds at her Columbia, South America and Los Angeles homes.

Friday, April 20, 2007

The Sea Gull Update - April 20, 2007

While I have been posting several Chaplin/Purviance film events that are currently on and coming up, I thought I pass on our latest Sea Gull update.

This month the manuscript has been in the hands of our special reader panel, so it will be a while still before we hear back from everyone. This is the last reading by the panel of the manuscript before final printing.

Due to our business work schedule, which can change in a moment, I am not ready to make a public date just yet, but we are working on a target date for release. Once I have the final book printed, I will be sending out copies for review and will work on a special website page about the book.

The work is coming along, and getting closer to final printing. Watch for more updates here and on Edna's site about The Sea Gull. Thanks for your interest... more>

Paragon Ragtime Orchestra - Algonquin Arts

May 6, 2007 - Sunday 3PM - Manasquan, New Jersey - Algoquin Arts
Paragon Ragtime Orchestra Playing with The Clown Princes
Rick Benjamins's Paragon Ragtime Orchestra is planning an afternoon of original ragtime to the films of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd. Check Aloquin Arts for details on this special event.

Also visit Paragon Ragtime site for their coming events.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Catalina Island Silent Film Benefit

June 2, 2007 - Silent Film Benefit - Catalina Island, California - Charlie and Edna both loved to take a cruise during their time in southern California. Enjoy your own weekend cruise into the past for a fun weekend of silent films at the Avalon Theatre on Catalina Island.

Charlie Chaplin and Clara Bow will be featured at Avalon Theatre during the Silent Film Benefit held on Catalina Island June 2nd. Tickets for the event are on sale now. more>

Check this link for the 2008 event.

Broncho Billy Silent Film Festival Essanay 100th Anniversary

June 25 - July 1, 2007
10th Annual Broncho Billy Silent Film Festival
Celebrating Essanay 100th Anniversary
Niles, California

The 100th Anniversary of Essanay Films will be the main feature at the 10th Annual Niles Silent Film Festival. Planned are films that have not been seen in over 90 years. Contact the Niles Film Museum for more information. more>

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Bound by Law - Graphic Novel about Copyright Laws

"Wonderful, funny… clever. I keep a copy in my desk." -Davis Guggenheim, Oscar-winning director of the documentary "An Inconvenient Truth"

"Bound by Law" - by Keith Aoki, James Boyle and Jennifer Jenkins - Tales from the Public Domain

While waiting for the copyright issues to be worked out on Kevin Brownlow's The Hollywood Series, you should read this creative graphic novel about copyright laws called "Bound By Law."

Created by cartoonist and law professor, Keith Aoki, law professor James Boyle and Jennifer Jenkins, this 75 plus page book "translates law into plain English and abstract ideas into ‘visual metaphors", "while learning copyright law basics, including the line between fair use and copyright infringement.” Many examples are used from real situations faced by documentary filmmakers.

Available in book form or on-line to read or download, it is important and informative reading, especially for documentary filmmakers.

Listen to this special NPR interview with James Boyle about the comic and fair use laws. more>

Digital Versions Also Available. more>

Update April 22, 2007 - Here is another informative site from Stanford University Libraries about Copyright and Fair Use. more>

Monday, April 16, 2007

Links to Charlie Chaplin, silent films and more

Being Charlie Chaplin's birthday today, I placed together a series of links about Chaplin, silent films and other links of interest on this special day. Some are video links from BBC and others radio programs like from NPR with interviews with authors about silent film stars.

BBC Radio 4 - Making History
Gandhi and Chaplin
Broadcast - October 19, 2004 (Series 10)

NPR Radio Program
Charlie Chaplin, in the Lens of History with Richard Schickel
July 22, 2006

NPR Radio Program
Chaplin Film Classics Restored on DVD
August 20, 2003

BBC - Charlie Chaplin Comes Home
September 23, 1952

BBC - Comic Genius Chaplin is Knighted
March 04, 1975

BBC News - Video Clip
1977: Silent Film Legend Chaplin dies

BBC Radio 4 - Sound Job
Torin Douglas interview with Neil Brand
Broadcast - November 10, 2002
" The National Film Theatre regularly shows silent films and as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, it's holding an evening marking the pianists' contribution. Torin Douglas has been talking to one of them, Neil Brand. "

BBC Radio 4 - Back Row
Matthew Sweet - British Silent Cinema
Broadcast - July 3, 2004

The Alloy Orchestra: Silent Movies Scores
NPR - The Alloy Orchestra: Silent Movies Scores with Lloyd Schwartz.
March 16, 2004 - (5+ minutes)

Robert Downy, Jr
NPR - Interview with Robert Downy, Jr. and his CD The Futurist with his recording of 'SMILE'.
October 22, 2003 - (20+ minutes)

Neil Brand
Radio New Zealand - July 2000 - Jonathan Dennis interview with Neil Brand. LINK

Buster Keaton
NPR - Buster Keaton Biography Explores 'Tempest in a Flat Hat'
Interview with author Edward McPherson
July 9, 2005 - (6+ minutes)
(Keaton and Chaplin played together in LIMELIGHT)

Fatty Arbuckle
NPR - Interview with Writer Jerry Stahl author of "I, Fatty" about Fatty Arbuckle
July 21, 2004 - (25+ minutes)
(Chaplin and Arbuckle starred together at Keystone during 1914)

NPR - The Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection with Bob Mondello
November 11, 2005 - (4+ minutes)LINK

NPR - Interview with author Lillian Ross, the Story's in the Details
Author of "Moments with Chaplin"
December 22, 2006 - ( 7+ minutes)

An Anime 'Metropolis'
NPR - Osamu Tezuka's MetropolisJanuary 24, 2002 - (6:41 minutes)
"...it's inspired by Fritz Lang's 1927" Metropolis...

Ray Harryhausen, Master Special Effects Artist
NPR - Interview with Ray Harryhausen
January 6, 2003 - (20+ minutes)

Saturday, April 14, 2007

ComedyCity Silent Film Saturdays

ComedyCity in De Pere, Wisconsin has a series called 'Silent Film Saturdays' this month. Scheduled are films by Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. The series runs each Saturday from now until May 5th, 2007. more>

Silent Film Fest
The 12th Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival
April 20th, 2007 - Maltz Jupiter Theatre - Palm Beach, Florida - 3PM - THE GOLD RUSH

Friday, April 13, 2007

Happy Birthday Charlie!


The newest online radio show about Classic Films is ICON RADIO 30. Created by Moda Entertainment, it is hosted by Stephen Bogart (son of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall) and writer and director John Mulholland. The show is live Sunday nights 8PM Eastern. If you can't listen live, you can download their past shows for free. Link to more>

"The ICONS Radio 30 program features exclusive interviews with Hollywood insiders who know the icons of classic Hollywood the best - their close friends, relatives and co-workers in the industry. Stephen and John’s guests share personal anecdotes, the real stories behind the on-screen stories and much more in what is an insightful and entertaining thirty minutes of Hollywood nostalgia." - from Icon Radio 30

Miranda Seymour says next book on Virginia Cherrill

Miranda Seymour, author of 'Bugatti Queen', says she enjoys writing books about unknown people. She told writer Valerie Larson recently she plans to write a book on Virginia Cherrill, Charlie Chaplin's leading lady in 'City Lights'. more>

"Her next biographical subject is the actress Virginia Cherrill. Discovered by Charlie Chaplin, she starred in his movie City Lights and was briefly married to Cary Grant and then the Earl of Jersey.

"I love writing about unknown people," Seymour says, "and reclaiming them like this, like Cherrill and my father." - from Valerie Lawson article

Virginia Cherrill was Chaplin's third leading lady after Edna Purviance. Georgia Hale was his first leading lady after Edna in 'The Gold Rush'. Merna Kennedy was his second in 'The Circus'. More on Chaplin's leading ladies.

UPDATE: Very late update, but Seymour book was released in 2009. Called 'Chaplin's Girl: The Life and Loves of Virginia Cherrill, here are a couple of UK reviews: Guardian and Times Online. I personally don't own it, but available online.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Mabel Normand featured at Filmmuseum Biennale '07

Mabel Normand will be a special feature at Filmmuseum Biennial 2007 in Amsterdam, with films like Molly 'O (Goldwyn Production 1921) and a series of films with Charlie Chaplin and Roscoe Arbuckle.

Filmmuseum Biennial 2007
April 11-15th, 2007 - Amsterdam, Holland, Netherlands

"From 11 until 15 April, the Filmmuseum in Amsterdam will be holding its third Filmmuseum Biennale. During this biennial film festival, the Filmmuseum will be showing silent films together with live performances of new soundtracks.

Special finds from the historical film collection will also be presented. Visitors will be able to enjoy gems from film history in some forty screenings, many complete with musical accompaniment by, for example, classical ensembles, contemporary composers and DJs.

The third edition of the Filmmuseum Biennale spotlights Mabel Normand (1892-1930), who was known in her prime as the ‘female Charlie Chaplin’. Normand was a protégée of producer Mack Sennett. During the Filmmuseum Biennale she will be the subject of a special programme where she co-stars with the slapstick giants Fatty Arbuckle, Oliver Hardy and Charlie Chaplin. " - Filmmuseum Biennale '07

Special Article about Mabel Normand by Steve Massa
LINK TO - Mabel's New Hello

"The Filmmuseum is Holland's museum for cinematography. The museum's collection of films covers the whole of the history of cinema from the very first silent films, dating from the late 19th century, up to the latest contemporary digital productions."

(Mabel Normand was Chaplin's leading lady at Keystone Pictures in 1914. In 1915, Chaplin introduced Mabel to Edna Purviance. Edna and Mabel became friends during their film career years.)

Learn more about Mabel Normand at: Looking for Mabel Normand

(PHOTO: Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas in Ninotchka- 1939. Note: I noticed when using Safari the OLDER POSTS link on the bottom of this page doesn't work in Safari. I don't know how to fix it, so use the side links to articles or you can use another browser, like Firefox. You could use the Blogger search feature as well.)

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Charlie Chaplin Weekend April 14, 15 & 16, 2007

Modern Times and The Great Dictator help kick-off a series of Chaplin films on TCM this coming weekend and next Monday, as we celebrate Charlie's Birthday! See this link for more>

(Drawing Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard in the end scene of Modern Times.)

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Chaplin Library and Video link added

I hope everyone is having an enjoyable Easter Holiday.

Being Easter weekend, I have been spending sometime catching up on the new updates of the Chaplin Library. While the brand new project I mentioned earlier in the year is not public yet, other updates on the current pages are visible.

I am also adding Dominique's latest covers (six new additions) to the current library Latest page. I will not be moving any books off the Latest page, until the whole new system is done. No date on any of this yet.

As for The Sea Gull, it is currently in the last stage of professional edits with our reader panel. We like to thank everyone for their interest in the project and all the new entries. Watch for the latest updates here and on Edna's site.

Just to try out, I have added the Video Link feature from Google for links directly from Google Video on the subjects Charlie Chaplin, Kevin Brownlow or Edna Purviance. (Google may toss in other things, but we will have to see how this goes.)

How does it work?
· When you open this page, you will notice it says 'loading' at the top of the page, just below the Edna's Place banner.

· Scroll down to the bottom of this page to the Google image bar.

· Click on an image that interests you.
· The video will start at the top of this page (same place you saw LOADING).

· Just click the 'I'm done..." link to close the video window.

Once you click that link, you will need to refresh the page to get the video bar back. (Actually still testing this all out myself.) I will see how it goes.

Whatever your holiday included (travel, time with friends and family or working on a favorite project), I hope it was a good one!

April 11, 2007 - I have updated the Chaplin Film List.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Kyoto Charlie Chaplin Conference - report

Here is a report on the recent Kyoto Charlie Chaplin Conference in Japan. Article by Philip W. Chung. more>

"Kyoto may seem like an odd place to host what is quickly becoming the preeminent Chaplin gathering in the world, but the conference is the brainchild of Osaka University professor Hiroyuki Ono, Japan’s leading expert on Chaplin and one of the reasons why the comedian is so beloved in his country." - Philip Chung

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Kevin Brownlow to be given Mel Novikoff Award

San Francisco International Film Festival - April 26 - May 10, 2007 - Kevin Brownlow will receive the Mel Novikoff Award at this year's 50th anniversary event. Mr. Brownlow will also present Douglas Fairbanks 1929 'The Iron Mask' on April 28th at the Castro Theatre. more>

April 25, 2007 - Brownlow article from the SF Bay Guardian. more>
Louise Brooks Society Reports Kevin Brownlow will do a book signing April 28 after the screening of THE IRON MASK.

From SFF about the Mel Novikoff Award
"Named in honor of legendary San Francisco film exhibitor Mel Novikoff (1922-1987), this award is given to an individual or organization notable for making significant contributions to the Bay Area's richly diverse film community."

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Grand View Gravesite sold Twice?

April 4, 2007 - Glendale Press report a burial site at Grand View Cemetery looks to have been sold twice, as signs of casket appeared while digging a plot on Monday. The planned Tuesday funeral was canceled.

"It was one of the most … upsetting things I've done in a long time, to go tell that family that they couldn't put their father in that grave," said Paul Ayers, an attorney representing people suing the cemetery.

The discovery Monday of what attorneys say appear to be a plot that was double-sold was the latest in a string of scandals at Glendale's oldest cemetery." - Glendale Press

Detailed Story at this link

April 23 - The family for this case have filed a lawsuit. As for the current GV case, the next hearing is May 3rd. As for Edna's situation, no news at this time. While the family have some plans, nothing can be done until the current court case is settled.

For the latest news on Grand View, type in Grand View in Edna's blog search or check the monthly links to the right.

Smile on Idol

Charlie Chaplin's - Smile theme performed on Idol
I don't watch very much prime time TV, so I didn't see America Idol where one performer sang Charlie Chaplin's Smile last night.

Chaplin wrote the music for his 1936 film Modern Times. It was the theme for the film and used beautifully at the end, but Charlie Chaplin did not write the lyrics.

In 1954, John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons wrote the lyrics to Chaplin's composition. Nat 'King' Cole was the first singer to record Smile with lyrics. It became a big hit for him and reached #10 on the Billboard Charts in 1954. It has been a standard ever since. Even Robert Downey Jr., (who turned 42 today) sang Smile for his Futurist CD collection. (Robert played Charlie in the movie CHAPLIN).

As for last night America Idol singer Gina Glocksen, reports are she impressed two of the judges. A fan of the show wrote:

"Charlie Chaplin wrote “Smile” for his film Modern Times, and it proves what an amazingly talented man he was. What a heart-wrenching song for a man who made his living making people laugh. It was a perfect choice for Gina and really showcased what a great singer she is."

(Unfortunately no smiles for Gina, as she has been voted off.)

Tuesday, April 03, 2007


June 30 - July 7, 2007
Bologna, Italy
Special Feature 2007
Charlie Chaplin 30th Anniversary (after his death)

"This year marks the 30th anniversary of Chaplin’s death and the Cineteca di Bologna is paying a five month homage to him with a monumental exhibition, seven concerts and an entire retrospective dedicated to him which is culminating in the festival week with some brand new treasures for all cinephiles’ palates. We are presenting the last of the recently restored Keystone prints of the Chaplin legacy – as well as a showing of A Countess from Hong Kong, a much maligned film, but a masterpiece in our eyes.

Our aim is to highlight the essence of various periods of the Chaplin oeuvre, presented by the finest international specialists, starting with David Robinson and Kevin Brownlow (whose Unknown Chaplin, arguably the best “director at work” portrait ever, will be shown in optimal theatrical conditions); and three evenings with the Teatro Comunale Orchestra, who will accompany The Kid, The Gold Rush (the rare original silent version), and, to top it all, Modern Times, which when seen “live” becomes simply the most overwhelming art object of the 20th century."

- Artistic Director, Peter von Bagh, President, Gian Paolo Testa
- more

Link to more about this event from The Chaplin ArchivesMore about Bologna and festival

Monday, April 02, 2007

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Evening of Silent Films at USC April 6th

April 6, 2007 - 7:30 PM Eastern - University of South Carolina in Columbia, will hold an evening of Silent Films with music by silent film accompanist Dennis James. Films planned include works by Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd. (The State lists Easy Street and The Kid on the program.) Link to more information.

April 1, 2007 - Article on Jack Totheroh
Son of Roland and Ida Totheroh... more
(Roland was Chaplin's cameraman)