Edna Purviance's bio

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

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Edna's 8th Year to begin Nov. 25th

November 25, 2008, EdnaPurviance.org will start our 8th year on the web. I have a special launch planned.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Dan Kamin's Charlie Chaplin at the Symphony

Charlie Chaplin at the Symphony
featuring Dan Kamin
Check out Kamin's website for future performances.

About Dan Kamin:
"Dan Kamin performs worldwide for theatres, colleges and symphony orchestras. On film, he created the physical comedy sequences for Chaplin and Benny and Joon, and trained Robert Downey, Jr. and Johnny Depp for their acclaimed starring performances.

It was Charlie Chaplin who introduced Dan to Hollywood. When Dan's book Charlie Chaplin's One-Man Show came out in 1984, Hollywood sat up and took notice. The book not only earned Dan the job of training Downey, but also of creating the film's comedy scenes in Chaplin's style. Downey said "Dan's insights are amazing. He's probably the foremost authority on Chaplin...there was really no scene that he didn't help me with." "

Our earlier post about Dan Kamin's new book.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Update on Krypton Imagination Inc.

"The project didn't come off and the investors lost their money..." - Montreal Gazette

An update from the Montreal Gazette that includes Kryton Imagination. (Kryton is connected with Discover Chaplin.) Link to October 23, 2008 article>

"Quebec's financial watchdog has laid 331 charges under the Securities Act against six individuals and two companies accused of offering illegal investments to the public, including in a business to sell Charlie Chaplin-themed products around the world...

The AMF has charged Pierre Verreault, François Ledoux, Jacques Allard, William Thompson, Jacques Lévis and Carmel Yargeau. Also charged are Groupe Krypton Inc. and Krypton Imagination Inc.

At a lavishly catered 2004 press conference to announce the Chaplin-licensing deal, Krypton officials said the company would market a "refreshed Charlie Chaplin persona," first through a line of interactive games for wireless phones and then in a "Shrek-style animated Charlie Chaplin movie," The Gazette reported at the time.

Verreault, described as a chemical engineer who had morphed into an international development expert, said the company planned to make the Little Tramp an icon of the new millennium and added that Krypton was in line for "a really big payback."

Verreault said he had met the Chaplin family through a project he had worked on linked to the Charlie Chaplin museum in Switzerland.

"The project didn't come off and the investors lost their money," Théberge said." - Montreal Gazette, October 23, 2008

NOTE FROM 2005: Krypton Imagination Inc. was founded in 2004 by Pierre Verreault, an expert in e-commerce and international development, and by Jean David, known for his contribution to the success of Cirque du Soleil. BUSINESS PLAN: Krypton will entirely focus on boosting Charlie Chaplin’s image in the 21st century.

Discover Chaplin and www.kryptonimagination.com sites have been basically off line updating, with Discover 'updating' since January 2008.

Make 'Em Laugh, the book by Kantor and Masion

Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America
By Michael Kantor and Laurence Masion
Release December 2008

In January 2009, "Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America" will debut on PBS. This special book created for the series, will be offered starting in December 2008. It is available for pre-order from Amazon.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Aviators in Early Hollywood by Shawna Kelly

Aviators in Early Hollywood (Images of America)
By Shawna Kelly

"This book is a striking visual tribute to Hollywood's classic aviator heroes. It is an amazing view into the Hollywood "hangar" of innovative aviators who worked as actors, producers, directors and stunt pilots." - Amazon

If you have an interest in aviation and early Hollywood, you should enjoy adding Shawna's book to your collection. This compact book is chuck full of images from early day Hollywood with information about each image. It makes for an informative and fun read, during an interesting time in flight. Published by Arcadia Publishing, it is now available.

Shawna Kelly is the great granddaughter of Daredevil DeLay, innovator of several aerial firsts for motion pictures and one of the aviators who gave his life for the entertainment world.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Sea Gull available for Interlibrary Loan

The Sea Gull is now available at the Springfield Public Library, in Springfield, Oregon. You can search for it under their Library Catalog. If you like to see this book, you can place an interlibrary loan for the book at your local library. Ask your local library for details and direct them to the Springfield Public Library in Springfield, Oregon website.

Update: On another site today, I had the same person from a silent film group connected with Essanay Crew (that's what they said) complaining about the book price, again.

While they seem to be very interested in the book, to keep coming back, their continued complains will not bring the price lower, because I don't believe in running any business in the red to please some bargain hunters. But if this person is really interested and very hard up for money, they now can interlibrary loan the book.

As for the book being any other form? We have no plans of ever doing that.

And, again, as always, only buy things you can afford and REALLY want. And never get into debt, if at all possible!

UPDATE: We have been awaiting word from our printer on a new price increase which will arrive any day.

Update: On January 1 (or when current stock runs out), the price of The Sea Gull will go up to $49 to cover all the new printing cost, shipping and packaging material cost increases.

Friday, October 24, 2008

La Naissance De Charlot #19

Thierry Georges Mathieu, La Naissance De Charlot #19, is now available. Check out Chaplin at Keystone for details. (Also, with the exchange rate falling, it makes it a good time to purchase.)

"LA NAISSANCE DE CHARLOT - Keystone 1914" is a semi-annual review which focuses on the study of Charlie Chaplin's earliest film work, particularly the period at the Keystone studios, under the supervision of Mack Sennett, the "King of Comedy".

Times we live in

When Edna and her mother Louise bought their California home in the early 1920s, it was a newer home, which they were the second owners. It was not a foreclosure, but the first owner did leave much of the items they didn't want in the house Edna bought, and the household items became Edna's and Louise's property, which Edna and Louise reused.

In the foreclosure mess of today, banks have the properties totally cleared out in these housing developments that have sprung up across the nation in the last eight years.

People thought they were buying the American Dream, in these brand new neighborhoods, but more like a nightmare (as people wanted more than they can afford and developers and lenders doing anything to make it happen). In many cases, properties were built on easy credit from developers, bought by easy credit by owners, and filled with stuff by easy credit by owners.

This report called Foreclosure Alley, shows what is going on behind the scenes, in just one neighborhood of tens of thousands of neighborhoods, across the country.

The sheer waste and debt created by all sides is staggering. Items in these homes shown in this report, is highly likely still unpaid stuff on home mortgages or credit card bills, like the unaffordable houses people left. more>

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Chaplin: A Life, by Stephen M. Weissman

Chaplin: A Life
By Stephen M. Weissman

An in-depth psychological study of the formative childhood experiences of the comedian's early years, Chaplin A Life traces the evolution of a former Cockney slum urchin from an invulnerable child into an invincible screen character.

"A fresh entry in the evergreen field of works devoted to Charlie Chaplin. If ever an artist's life lent itself to psychoanalysis, it's Chaplin's. . . . Weissman lends dimension to the classics . . . and demonstrates Chaplin's ability to transform family heartbreak into film comedies. . . . With lean, energetic prose, Weissman brings this colorful theatrical period to life. . . . He offers vivid sketches . . .and carefully follows the confluence of several artists that lead to the creation of the Chaplin's iconic Little Tramp. Throughout the book,the author caps exhaustive sourcing with an overlay of insightful observations about Chaplin's creative process. Find space on the crowded Chaplin shelf for this perceptive, literate take on the great screen clown."
--Kirkus Reviews

“Weissman uncovers the source for the “shabby gentility” of the Little Tramp, as well as the development of that extraordinary character. En route, he paints an engaging…portrait of how a cinema artist is created and how he practices his craft.” --Publishers Weekly

Learn more about the book at this link>
Learn more about ordering>

Just a note: Mr. Weissman's book is about Chaplin's early years and does not include anything about Miss Purviance.

Update December 15, 2008 - It sounds like Mr. Weissman's book will be printed by a German publishing company in about a year.

December 19, 2008 - Review by Richard Schickel, from the Los Angeles Times. Link

December 21, 2008 - Washington Times Review by Martin Sieff. Link

January 10, 2009 - Glode and Mail review. LINK

January 12, 2009 - Public radio interview from D.C. (I don't know for sure how long this interview will be available online.)

January 24, 2009 - We have been informed the book has had the rights sold for publishing in Germany and UK.

February 15, 2009 - Stephen Weissman will have a lecture in San Francisco. DETAILS

August 17, 2009 - Stephen has send out a release telling us his book is going to be publish in Brazil. So the list is growing: UK, Germany, Estonia, Russia and Brazil.

November 2009 - Daily Express review of the English edition.

December 2009 - Stephen's book makes the UK Independent 'Best Books Lists' for Christmas.
"Stephen Weissman's Chaplin: A Life" distinguishes itself with a penetrating "psychoanalytic" portrait of the Cockney comedian who conquered early Hollywood. It receives praise from Chaplin's daughter, Geraldine, in the preface."

December 21, 2009 - Irish Times Review

December 27, 2009 - Lancashire Evening Post

January 8, 2010 - BBC Radio interview

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Another Drawing? Thinking about it...

First off, I like to thank everyone from around the world who entered the Edna Purviance Birthday drawing. Of course, we can have only one winner, but I know this copy of The Sea Gull will be appreciated.

Her story (truly experiencing the growing economy down turn) made me think of having one more drawing, using the names I have gathered for the birthday drawing and extending the entry for one more drawing, maybe for Christmas, but more likely January, as The Sea Gull becomes one year old since it's release. I am still thinking about the details on that and report most likely here around November 10th.

I have several posts to add to the blog of books and releases that some fans have emailed. I plan a post for each starting soon.

UPDATE NOV. 12: I was thinking about having another drawing for the holiday season or around the time of the one year release. Due to the new higher printing cost for our book, I will have to delay doing another drawing at this time. The Sea Gull book will be going up in cover price to $49 January 2nd, or sooner. We do have a good supply, so the January date is most likely.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Follow up message from the winner:

Happy Birthday Edna!!!

Today is Edna's Birthday!

Thanks for visiting during our 37 day countdown and entering The Sea Gull contest.

We have emailed our first name for a chance to win The Sea Gull book over 12 hours ago, and still waiting for a reply. If they don't reply by 4:30PM Pacific Coast Time today, I will draw a new name for a chance to win the book and start the process over again. So stay tune...

Update: Still no response. Only a few more hours for the first name drawn. If no reply, well, a chance for someone else... Stay tune...


Monday, October 20, 2008

First Name has been Drawn!

The first name has been drawn and emailed for a chance at The Sea Gull book. I am waiting for a reply.

If I don't get a reply in 24 hours, a new name will be drawn 24 hours from now.

When we do get a winner, I will let you know.

Good Luck!

NOTE: If I don't have a response by our first fan name drawn by 4:30PM, Pacific Coast Time, Oct. 21st, a new name will be drawn.


Drawing starts soon!

Who will be the winner? Stay tune! Drawing starts soon!

To enter the drawing has now closed. We like to thank all the fans who entered from around the world.

I will be drawing the first name after 12 midnight, London Time, Oct. 21st, 2008. (This is the same time as 4PM, Pacific Coast Time, USA, Oct. 20th.)

If you receive an email that your name has been drawn, you will have 24 hours to response.

If I don't hear back from you within 24 hours, a new name will be drawn.

That is a firm rule, so please check your email carefully.

Watch Edna's Place Blog updates. Good Luck!!!

(PS: I do have a business meeting this afternoon, that could delay the drawing, depending on how long the meeting is. But I will be drawing as close to time, as possible.)

Day 1

1 Day - Countdown to Edna's birthday
Entering the contest is now closed. Drawing starts Midnight, London Time, Oct. 21

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Day 2

2 Day - Countdown to Edna's birthday
Entering drawing ends TONIGHT, midnight Sunday Pacific Coast Time...

Straight Talk, Well Said...

Colin Powell Discusses His Endorsement of Barack Obama

Colin Powell on Meet the Press

Watch for a series of new post this week!

I have in the wings a series of posts about new books currently out or coming out soon!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Day 3

3 Day - Countdown to Edna's birthday
Entering drawing ends midnight Sunday Pacific Coast Time...
If you have entered, check your email for special important details on how to win.

Friday, October 17, 2008

History Lesson

Remember all the problems Charlie Chaplin had in the states in the late 40s and early 50s? Well, there was a woman today on national television, who is an elected official from the republican's stirring up the same hate that filled the air during those times. It was a sad display, of a growing list.

Misleading information was also displayed this week, as a national conservative radio show, used a flag as something very mysterious, during one of the campaign stops Senator Obama attended in Ohio.

This radio person created a mystery story on air about the flag with an 'O' on it. But he could have known exactly what the flag was, with one quick search on Google.

This 'mystery flag' that he tied some very troubling chat to, with his listeners, is the State Flag of Ohio.
This national radio personality created a story around the flag because it has an 'O' on it, making claims it was something Senator Obama created as a personal flag, which is a total fabrication.

Maybe this national radio broadcaster was just totally ill informed, but it was very easy to find what this flag was, especially with the internet age.

But what is more disturbing, is if this conservative broadcaster knew exactly what this flag was, but used the State Ohio flag to create a misleading story, to feed misinformation to his listeners.

WABC and this broadcaster, should apologize to the State of Ohio for creating a totally misleading and troubling story on their airwaves.

To hear this broadcast this week check it out at this link at Media Matters, a non-profit group monitoring conservative misinformation in the media in the US.

As for the 'mystery flag', here is a link to the State of Ohio to learn more about the State Flag, Bird, Flower, and other items of interest from Ohio.

Charlie would probably see signs of his America of the 1940s and 50s, happening today, including a flash back to the 1930s with failing banks. But that is another story of a great mess we got into...

Day 4

4 Day - Countdown to Edna's birthday
Entering drawing ends midnight Sunday Pacific Coast Time...

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Day 5

5 Day - Countdown to Edna's birthday

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Day 6

6 Day - Countdown to Edna's birthday

The Sea Gull - Price Increase?

We have received word that printing cost could be going up. I say could be, since the printing company refuses to say if printing of our current book will go up in price, or stay the same, until the new prices are in place. We just have to wait and see what the printers will be doing and adjust accordingly.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Print on Demand at University Library

The University of Michigan has entered the 'uncharted water' of printing books in house.

"UM is the first university library among a very select group of libraries, bookstores, and other organizations that have either installed or tested installations of the "ATM of books."

15th Anniversary 'Chaplin' Edition DVD now available

Day 7

7 Day - Countdown to Edna's birthday

Monday, October 13, 2008

One week to Edna's Birthday Drawing!

It is now after midnight London time. One week from now, I will be drawing the first name for The Sea Gull book drawing. If you have your name in the drawing, watch for an email to come later this week.

Day 8

8 Day - Countdown to Edna's birthday
This is only the beginning...

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Day 9

9 Day - Countdown to Edna's birthday
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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Day 10

10 Day - Countdown to Edna's birthday

Friday, October 10, 2008

Day 11

11 Day - Countdown to Edna's birthday
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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Day 12

12 Day - Countdown to Edna's birthday
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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Day 13

13 Day - Countdown to Edna's birthday
This is only the beginning...


I have been watching the election very closely and seeing Senator McCain and Governor Palin, injecting 'fear and hate' into their campaign against Senator Obama, is far below what any intelligent American should stand for.

I think President Lincoln (who came from a humble background himself, but spoke with great dignity, during polarizing times) would be appalled to see this happening.

America is a 'melting pot' of the many, who has to come together as one, to get through the rough road ahead. When people try to divide people deeper, with fear and hate, is exactly what terrorist do.

With great issues of people loosing homes, retirements, health care, jobs, funding for their livelihoods, and many people dying in two wars, it is shameful for anyone to campaign in such a matter, and disgraceful for two people (Palin and McCain) to have lowered themselves to such levels.


Unleashed, Palin Makes a Pit Bull Look Tame
Tuesday, October 7, 2008; Page A03

FORT MYERS, Fla., Oct. 6
John McCain is collapsing in the polls in Florida and other swing states, but Sarah Palin, God bless her, has a solution.

"For me, the heels are on, the gloves are off," she announced at high noon Monday to a group of Republican donors at the Naples Beach Club.

You betcha.

As the donors sipped their bloody marys and mimosas, she added, in a conspiratorial stage whisper, "I'm sending the message back to John McCain also: Tomorrow night in his debate, might as well take the gloves off."

Darn right.

Of course, it's not only gloves and heels; headgear has a role, too. "Okay, so, Florida, you know that you're going to have to hang on to your hats," she said at a morning rally in Clearwater, "because from now until Election Day, it may get kind of rough."

Say it ain't so, Sarah!

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a McCain confidant, told The Post's David Broder that the campaign would "go down in history as stupid if they don't unleash" Palin. Well, the self-identified pit bull has been unleashed -- if not unhinged.

Barack Obama, she told 8,000 fans at a rally here Monday afternoon, "launched his political career in the living room of a domestic terrorist!" This followed her earlier accusation that the Democrat pals around with terrorists. "This is not a man who sees America the way you and I see America," she told the Clearwater crowd. "I'm afraid this is someone who sees America as imperfect enough to work with a former domestic terrorist who had targeted his own country." The crowd replied with boos.

McCain had said that racially explosive attacks related to Obama's former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, are off limits. But Palin told New York Times columnist Bill Kristol in an interview published Monday: "I don't know why that association isn't discussed more."

Worse, Palin's routine attacks on the media have begun to spill into ugliness. In Clearwater, arriving reporters were greeted with shouts and taunts by the crowd of about 3,000. Palin then went on to blame Katie Couric's questions for her "less-than-successful interview with kinda mainstream media." At that, Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, "Sit down, boy."

McCain's swoon is largely out of his control, the result of an economic collapse that ignited new fears Monday when the Dow Jones industrial average closed below 10,000 for the first time in four years. That's why his lead in Florida polls, which once reached as high as 15 points, has turned into a three-point deficit.

But the campaign has reacted with recriminations (the St. Petersburg Times reported that the Florida Republican Party chairman, after questioning Palin's aptitude, was told that he couldn't fly on her plane) and now Palin's rage.

The angry GOP vice presidential nominee even found a way to blame the market decline on the yet-to-be-enacted tax policies of the yet-to-be-elected Obama.

"If you turn on the news tonight when you get home, you're gonna see that, yah, this is another woeful day in the market, and the other side just doesn't understand -- no!" she said at an afternoon fundraiser at the home of mutual fund giant Jack Donahue. "Especially in a time like this, you don't propose to increase taxes. The phoniest claim in a campaign that's full of them is that Barack Obama is going to cut your taxes."

Of course, Obama never promised to cut taxes for people at $10,000-a-plate lunches in air-conditioned tents on waterfront compounds. And the crowd -- among them New York Jets owner Woody Johnson -- reacted without applause to Palin's Joe Six-Pack lines. After they didn't strike up the usual "Drill, baby, drill" or "USA" chants, Palin, rattled, read hurriedly through the rest of her speech.

The reception had been better in Clearwater, where Palin, speaking to a sea of "Palin Power" and "Sarahcuda" T-shirts, tried to link Obama to the 1960s Weather Underground. "One of his earliest supporters is a man named Bill Ayers," she said. ("Boooo!" said the crowd.) "And, according to the New York Times, he was a domestic terrorist and part of a group that, quote, 'launched a campaign of bombings that would target the Pentagon and our U.S. Capitol,' " she continued. ("Boooo!" the crowd repeated.)

"Kill him!" proposed one man in the audience.

Palin also told those gathered that Obama doesn't like American soldiers. "He said that our troops in Afghanistan are just, quote, 'air-raiding villages and killing civilians,' " she said, drawing boos from a crowd that had not been told Obama was actually appealing for more troops in Afghanistan.

"See, John McCain is a different kind of man: He believes in our troops," she said.

At times, Palin hinted at the GOP campaign's troubles. "It's going to be a hard-fought contest, especially in these swing states, some maybe we would not have expected," she admitted to donors. She allowed that "John McCain and I need to do a better job" of talking about the economy.

At other times, she had troubles of her own, as when she spoke over the weekend of "our neighboring country of Afghanistan" or when she got choked up at the Clearwater rally, saying, "Some of your signs just make me wanna cry," without explaining which ones or why.

But then the gloves came off, the heels came out, and Palin was once again talking about her opponent hanging out in a terrorist's living room.


From: Burlington Free Press

"Palin's applause line goes, "I'm afraid this is someone who sees America as imperfect enough to work with a former domestic terrorist." With a wink and a shrug, Palin all but calls Obama a terrorist.

Then there are Palin's persistent attacks on the news media.

At a Florida rally, Palin attributed her dismal performance during a network interview on questioning by CBS anchor Katie Couric. At that, Dana Milbank of The Washington Post reports, "Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted racial epithets at an African-American sound man for a network and told him, 'Sit down, boy.'"

Anyone willing to incite this kind of fear and harness this degree of hate for political gain has no business on the national political stage, especially as a candidate for vice president of a major political party, let alone serve in high office." - Burlington Free Press

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Day 14

14 Day - Countdown to Edna's birthday
This is only the beginning...

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Day 16

16 Day - Countdown to Edna's birthday
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Saturday, October 04, 2008

Day 17

17 Day - Countdown to Edna's birthday
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Friday, October 03, 2008

Day 18

18 Day - Countdown to Edna's birthday
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Thursday, October 02, 2008

Day 19

19 Day - Countdown to Edna's birthday
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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

The Sea Gull in The Bill Douglas Centre Library Collection

"Congratulations on the book, which is a very beautiful and fascinating record of the film and Edna Purviance’s career. ...great addition to the collection."
Phil Wickham, curator of The Bill Douglas Centre

We like to send our special thanks to Phil Wickham, the curator of The Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture at the University of Exeter, in Exeter, England and to Peter Jewell (founder of The Bill Douglas Collection), for including The Sea Gull, as part of their collection.

The Sea Gull has been catalogued into their library collection and available for researchers to consult.

"As you know Peter and Bill were great Chaplin fans and we have a fabulous collection of Chaplin memorabila in the Centre." - Phil Wickham

The Bill Douglas Centre has been working with Bryony Dixon, the silent film curator at BFI, with the 'Chaplinalia Exhibition' held this year at BFI Southbank. Part of the continued special program of Chaplin films being held into January 2009.

Chaplinalia - BDC material at BFI Southbank

"Material from the Bill Douglas Centre's vast collection of Charlie Chaplin memorabilia -including toys, games, comics, and postcards -is currently on display as part of the BFI's Chaplinalia exhibition.

The exhibition runs until the beginning of September and is on the mezzanine gallery at BFI Southbank. Also exhibited are items from other sources, such as Chaplin's original hat, cane and suit sported by the 'little tramp'." - The Bill Douglas Centre

Day 20

20 Day - Countdown to Edna's birthday
This is only the beginning...
NOTE: Edna's .org site has been down the
last 24 hours, but is back online.