Edna Purviance's bio

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

Thursday, December 30, 2010

BBC Radio 4 - A Family Business: The Chaplin Legacy

BBC 4 Radio
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
11:30 AM London Time
UPDATE: Online for the next 7 Days!
A Family Business:
The Chaplin Legacy

"In this backstage documentary, Tim Brooke-Taylor goes behind the scenes with James Thierree as he prepares to launch his new one-man show RAOUL, combining mime, acrobatics, music, comedy and illusion. How does the Chaplin legacy inform his ideas? How do the marketing people sell his shows, which always defy easy categorisation? How will audiences respond, in London and Paris? The Chaplin biographer, David Robinson, explores the theatrical connections of the Chaplin family: additional commentaries are provided by Thierree admirers Bill Nighy and Terry Gilliam, and by producer Rachel Clare. The voice of Charlie Chaplin himself also makes a contribution from the archives, with shrewd observations on genes and genius." - BBC 4 Radio

Link to more about the program. Available by broadcast in the UK and online by the internet. These programs are usually online for 7 days, after the live broadcast. Adjust the time for your area. Example: 11:30 AM in London, is 3:30 AM, Pacific Time.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

An Edna Christmas greeting from 2002, as ednapurviance.org starts 10 years on the web... CLICK HERE

Monday, December 20, 2010

Charlie's Season Greetings & Chaplin Conference Visit

Very Merry Christmas, Everyone!
A little early Christmas launch, with a visit to ZANESVILLE!


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Some links for Chaplin viewing in 2011

Cure your 'Chaplin' seeing blues, by checking the
showings at these silent film sites and venues:

Check the current dates for
Janus Films Charlie Chaplin 35 MM Tour for 2011

Live in the UK?
Check out Silent London for silent film
showings in the London area:

Live in the San Francisco area?
Always keep an eye on Niles Essanay Film Museum
for weekly silent film events!

Check this link for silent film festival events during the year. No events in your area? Check your TV schedule for programs like on TCM and BBC in the UK (occasionally). Link to films for home viewing.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Camel News Caravan, Charlie Chaplin & smoking...

From Ben Model's Silent Clowns. A trip back to Sept. 19, 1952. The NBC Camel News Caravan report. The news of that day, including what happened to Charlie Chaplin on this trip to London, as it was reported on the US live evening broadcast. Interesting and important side note: This Camel cigarette sponsored program has two famous actors doing the ads on the program. Both died from lung cancer...

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Alice Artzt Guitar Trio

Are you into collecting Charlie Chaplin music? I picked this up at the recent Charlie Chaplin International Conference:

The Alice Artzt Guitar Trio
(with Alice Artzt, Raymond Burley, Michel Rutscho)
This collection includes music from:
• The Pilgrim
• A Dog's Life
• City Lights
• A Countess of Hong Kong
• Modern Times (including Smile)

If you are into collecting different versions of Chaplin music, this would be a good one to add to your collection. Also, it doesn't include just Chaplin, but music by Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story and a varied selection of George Gershwin's music. For more Chaplin music check this link. If you like to hear samples of this CD collection, check this link.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Marian Gibbons, Hollywood Heritage Museum founder, has died

Marian Dean Newman Gibbons
(1921 - 2010)

December 9, 2010 - From Janet Hoffmann, Hollywood Heritage Museum - Hollywood Heritage Founder, preservationist, actress, singer and author, Marian Gibbons, passed away December 8, 2010 from lung cancer.

Whether you knew her as "Marian," "Mrs. Gibbons," "Mage" or "Majemahanna" (her mother's nickname for her) Marian was and is an unforgettable Hollywood person.

She was born in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and lived in Wisconsin and Arizona. A brief stay in Hollywood in 1949 convinced her that this was the town she wanted to live in, but her husband Jim's business took them back to the Midwest. Marian vowed if she ever had the chance to come back, she would.

That chance came in the late 1970's and Marian came to Los Angeles and worked as a publicist with her daughter, Jane, an anchor for KNBC. The 1970's appearance of the town she had worked so hard to return to inspired her with Christy Johnson McAvoy, Frances Offenhauser McKeal, Mildred Heredeen and Susan Peterson St. Francis to start Hollywood Heritage, Inc. Through the inspiration and hard work of these founders, Hollywood Heritage became the success story it is today.

A memorial is planned and we will post that information as soon as it is available. She will be interred at Hollywood Forever in Hollywood.

All 'Metal' Charlie Chaplin

All metal Charlie Chaplin doll!

On auction this week! The seller said they don't know anything about it, but bought it at a museum auction. Looks like it should be in a museum, for people to enjoy. Maybe someone knows more about it, but since I blogged about other Chaplin dolls over the years, thought I pass this one on to you collectors out there to look at.

If someone might know something, it would be great to learn more about it. Meanwhile, here is one up for sale. Auction ends December 15th, 2010. Link to auction (now over) sold for $139+

Saturday, December 04, 2010

A Girl, a dog and an outfit for two

Remember seeing this image?

Recently, I saw this on an online auction: Red Letter Photocard showing this image from the Charlie Chaplin's Essanay period. The film was 'By the Sea' filmed in the Los Angeles area in 1915.

I have seen this card before. It doesn't say Edna Purviance on it, but I have seen sellers place Edna's name on it. But, it is not Edna.

Just looking at it, the face features are all wrong for Edna's:
• Nose different shape
• Eyes different
• Head shape not oval, (Edna has an oval face)

Just to name a few...

Who it is, I am not quite sure. This woman in the postcard wears the same dress and hat actresses Margie Reiger wears in the film. Here is Margie in the film:

Margie Reiger, walking toward the camera in 'By the Sea'
I need a better image, but certainly don't look like button boots, like in the postcard.

But the lady in the postcard looks to have blond hair, and Margie's hair is dark. So, the photocard lady doesn't look like Margie or Edna.

I do know from Edna's photos, Chaplin took test photos to check different outfits and makeup. So this lady in the card could have been one of the ladies testing for the part. Also, Chaplin looked to be trying a dog for the film, but decided against it, since no dogs appear in 'By the Sea' except for two dogs, in the background on one of the beach scenes.

Margie Reiger, sitting on the bench in 'By the Sea'

By the Sea goes to The Bank...
Another fun bit in researching this image, is to note the jacket Edna Purviance is wearing in 'By the Sea'. It is small line pattern jacket, with black buttons on the front and along the bottom. And also notice the blackish hat with the white bow. (Take out your copy of 'By the Sea' for a better look.)

Edna with hat and jacket in 'By the Sea'

In the movie 'The Bank', which Edna would do a bit later, she is wearing the same hat with bow, and same jacket and skirt, but this time the jacket is unbuttoned. It also looks like a few black buttons were removed off the bottom of the jacket, just to change the look, a bit.

Edna with hat and jacket in 'The Bank'

The jacket and hat is only worn briefly, in the early scenes in 'The Bank' as Edna arrives at work. She takes the jacket and hat off, soon after arriving, and does not wear them in the rest of the film.

Pull out your copies of these films and check for yourself (same skirt, hat and slightly changed jacket) in two different films. As for the lady in the photocard? I don't know, but maybe someone else does, but it is not Edna.

Just some fun things I've noticed, while studying these films.

The Rainbow Orchid Volume III Cover!

The Rainbow Orchid
Volume 3

Cover by Garen Ewing
Preview only on Amazon. Watch for final published cover to come in 2011.

Meanwhile, you can
pre-order now
Release 2011

I am so excited to see this! Special thanks to Murray Ewing for tweeting this weekend. This is the last in the The Rainbow Orchid story, (Julius Chancer Adventure).

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Modern look, at 'Modern Times'

This has been hitting the web... Nick Tierce's Tron-ified, Modern Times.

Nick Tierce's Tron-ified Modern Times from Nick Tierce on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Charlie Chaplin & Edna Purviance shopping 2010

Christmas Shopping 2010
Shopping for that silent film fan???
Or that Edna and Charlie fan on your list?

The Niles Essanay Gift Shop. Photo from Michael Bonham.

If you are shopping for a silent film fan, the choices have not been better! Loads of books and DVDs and even Blu-Ray discs are available for many films now. Here is a quick list of places and links to get some ideas for your silent fan on your list who are Edna Purviance and Charlie Chaplin fans.

1) Live in the San Francisco Bay Area? The perfect place to 'go shopping' would be the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum and gift shop in Fremont, California. A variety of silent film books, and much more, is available at their store. Do some shopping and watch a film at the Edison Theatre, would make for a perfect Saturday this holiday season. LINK

2) Looking for that special Chaplin book? Check out Dominique Dugros Chaplin Library and Database. This is the largest collection online. While there are rare hard to find books, there are loads of new books, available, as well. I have many with links as to where available. Check it out at these links: DATABASE | LIBRARY INDEX

3) Charlie Chaplin or Edna Purviance films for home viewing and more: Whether it is the latest Chaplin releases, like the new restored Chaplin at Keystone, or a rare out of print film, like the Chaplin Image Entertainment collection, you may find exactly what you are looking for at the Chaplin Film Guide and Shop. Take a browse through. LINK

4) Charlie Chaplin music fan? Check out this link to help find that perfect music, for your fan on your list. Chaplin Music guide

5) The rare Hollywood Series by Kevin Brownlow and David Gill. It should be on DVD, but still available on VHS (from private sellers). LINK

6) And of course, we have The Sea Gull by Linda Wada available online at ednapurviance.com. Except for the Niles Museum store, it is the ONLY place the book is available online. LINK
(Still have some in stock, with more planned for order.)

These are mainly for Chaplin and Purviance, but loads more are out there. Again, the selection has never been better. Happy Shopping!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Slapstick 2011

Slapstick Festival 2011
Bristol, England

January 27 - 30, 2011

Chaplin events planned for 2011 festival:
January 27th - 'Unknown Chaplin' with Kevin Brownlow
January 28th - Clara Bow 'Mantrap U' introduced by Kevin Brownlow
January 29th - Chaplin: A Homeage to Chaplin (2002) and 'The Circus'
January 30th - 'The Great Dictator'

And much more including: Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy...
See official site for full details... LINK

And to get in the mood? A video from the Bristol Silents:

Sunday, November 28, 2010

LA Times reporting actor Leslie Nielsen has died

Remembering some comic moments with Leslie Nielsen... MSNBC report

Remembering Police Squad and those freeze frame endings...

Trailer for the classic 'Forbidden Planet'

Nielson's family connection to silent films: Leslie Nielson got interested in acting from his uncle, Jean Hersholt. Hersholt played in over 70 silent films, including Marcus in the 1924 film GREED. During the Oscars, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award is given in Hersholt's honor. Hersholt co-founded the Motion Picture Relief Fund. More here.

Friday, November 26, 2010

'Charlie' selling a camera - New German ad

It's Black Friday, so why not show a new ad from Stuttgart, Germany using a Charlie Chaplin 'look-a-like'. He is introducing the new AVT Prosilica GX (camera).

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Edna's 9th Anniversary, rolling toward 10!

Thanks to all of Edna's fan for 9 Years!
A little thank you, as we roll into 10!

Ednapurviance.org officially went on the web Sunday, November 25th, 2001. Our very first link to the World, on that day, was on The Chaplin Society site, linked by Garen Ewing. It has been an adventure, ever since. Thanks to all our longtime and new fans, for the journey, as we 'ride' into our 10th year. A little thank-you piece... LINK

Happy Thanksgiving!
To our USA Visitors!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Will Rogers Tribute at Hollywood Heritage Museum

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Hollywood Heritage's popular
Evenings at The Barn series

"An Evening with Will Rogers"

7:30 PM at the Hollywood Heritage Museum, 2100 North Highland Avenue
(across from the Hollywood Bowl)

General admission is $10
($5 for Hollywood Heritage members)
with free parking available

William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers (November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935) was one of the best-known celebrities in the 1920s and 1930s.

The tribute to the cowboy humorist, who starred in the Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway, wrote a nationally syndicated newspaper column and became Hollywood's biggest box-office star will commemorate Rogers’ passing with an evening of film clips and recollections. Rogers perished in an Alaska plane crash 75 years ago.

Jennifer Rogers-Etcheverry, Will Rogers’ Great-granddaughter, will be on hand to discuss the legacy of her famous relative. Jennifer has been involved in the Rogers family business since 1991 and now serves as the family spokesperson and media contact.

She travels throughout the year to promote the legacy of Will Rogers, including riding in the Rose Parade with Sons and Daughters of the Reel West. “The tribute to Will Rogers is a wonderful event to celebrate the life of one of the greatest Americans to ever live”, says Rogers-Etcheverry.

“Will’s wisdom and quotes are timeless and we applaud the Hollywood Heritage Museum for helping to keep his memory alive.” Jennifer will be joined by Todd Vradenburg, Executive Director of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation and Board President of the Will Rogers Ranch Foundation.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has graciously allowed the museum to host the first public screening of several documentaries that were produced expressly for their popular Will Rogers DVD Collection.

The first is entitled “Back to the Ranch” and features personal interviews with Rogers’ family members at the re-dedication of the Will Rogers Ranch in Pacific Palisades. The second, “Jane Withers Remembers…” features heartfelt stories from the beloved child star who was befriended by Rogers when they were both making films at Fox Studios.

In addition, Hollywood Heritage board-member and film historian Stan Taffel will offer rarely seen Rogers movie clips from his personal film collection. A raffle for gift baskets filled with unusual Will Rogers’ related memorabilia will also be held.

The Lasky-DeMille Barn (birthplace of Paramount Pictures) is located at 2100 N. Highland Avenue, across from the Hollywood Bowl. Parking is free (in Lot D). The evening is being produced by HH Board member Bryan Cooper and Barn Committee member David Greim.

For additional information please visit:
Thanks to Janet Hoffmann for release.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Happy Flying, the American Airways, Way!

It was 1933, and flying was quickly becoming the popular way to travel, for those who could afford it. At about twice the price of a train ticket, you could fly instead of taking the rails to where you wanted to go.

Edna Purviance's husband, Jack Squire, was a flight Captain for American Airways in 1933, the same year this promotional film was made. (This was before Edna and Jack met.) Jack flew the eastern routes, including to New York City, for American Airways. It was just one of the many routes Jack flew, as he worked for the top airlines of the day, including Pan Am.

Grab a hot mug of your favorite beverage, and enjoy this trip back, to when airline travel was new and everyone was first class when they flew...

(I need to check this out, but I have read the cost for this flight was about $5.25. By train, $2.50)

Follow-up: A contrasting look at travel today vs. yesterday. (Does this really make everyone safer?) Happy flying!

Bits and Pieces for November 2010

November 25th is edna's .org 9th anniversary! The site will be heading into 10 years on the web in 2011. Since the anniversary falls on Thanksgiving in the USA, I still plan to have something on the 25th, since Edna's site is visited by a worldwide audience. So watch for it!

Meanwhile, I am starting my annual updating on the site, a bit earlier this year. So some changes, here and there, at times, the next few weeks.

Starting to get back into writing Edna's bio, which isn't easy, since work always comes first, but got some more pages done this week. I have a special spot to write it, but you won't know where, until you read the book. I won't be writing a lot about it at this stage. I rather be writing the book than writing about writing it.

I was going to do a report on The Chaplin Conference, but I am thinking of doing another video, instead (trying to find the right copyright free music, with no luck, so far). The conference was more of a personal event, for me, as it was a chance to finally meet people I never met, and see again a handful, I have. So I don't know if my report would be that exciting for a general fan.

It was a packed event, and I didn't see everything, but I have loads more pictures, so maybe some kind of report will be created out of it. If you haven't seen the two videos I have done for it, you can look here. But thanks for asking about that! I will give it more of a thought about writing something, but no promises. Really like to spend the time of EP's bio, at the moment.

Thanks for all the recent Sea Gull purchases! We still have books and plan to restock, so if you haven't gotten one, we are still in business, with happy customers keeping the book going. I sold all the books I had with me at The Chaplin Conference. (I know some publishers could have killed this project, because they are more interested in big profit, than steady sales. But we had steady sales since we started, and for not doing anything more, than being on the web, very happy to be still in business. The book will be available, as long as fans want it.

Not much more, at the moment. I know some will be (or have) started their Thanksgiving week, so have a good one. I will be working away here, with no travel plans, and probably watching the snow fly, as we head into a deep freeze right now. Have a Happy Thanksgiving! And if around, come by for Edna's 9th Anniversary Thursday!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Ben Model at the Egyptian Theatre

Silent Film, composer and pianist, Ben Model visit to the Egyptian Theatre in Boise, Idaho.

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Rainbow Orchid at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

The Rainbow Orchid Vol. 1 & 2
by Garen Ewing
published by Egmont UK
Officially part of the:
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
The Ohio State University Libraries
Museum Curator: Lucy Shelton Caswell

I'm very excited to see The Rainbow Orchid coming part of the largest cartoon and comic materials collection in the world, at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum in Columbus, Ohio. The current home in the Wexner Center of the Arts is only for a short while, as a new permanent Museum and Library is being re-built in Sullivant Hall. A space being recreated just for comics (and dance) at an estimated cost of $20 million plus!

Special thanks to museum's founding curator, Lucy Shelton Caswell, for including Garen Ewing's work into this extensive collection, which includes the largest public collection of original artwork, like from 'Little Nemo in Slumberland', by artist and creator, Winsor McCay and the comic art of 'Calvin and Hobbes' by Bill Watterson.

More about the museum:I took Lily and Julius on a 'private tour' to check it out...

"Established in 1977 with a founding gift of the Milton Caniff Collection, the Cartoon Library & Museum was housed originally in two converted classrooms in Ohio State's Journalism Building.

Since then, Caswell has built it into a widely renowned special collection that is a destination for both cartoon researchers a
nd fans from around the world. Thousands of donors have contributed to the collection, with gifts ranging from one item to tens of thousands.

The books and package, before heading to Ohio!

With the recent addition of the International Museum of Cartoon Art's extensive permanent collection, the Cartoon Library and Museum now houses more than 450,000 works of original cartoon art, 36,000 books, 51,000 serial titles, 3,000 linear feet of manuscript materials, and 2.5 million comic strip clippings and newspaper pages.

'Calvin & Hobbes' were hiding in the 'C' section ready to pounce on Pickle

Now the world's largest collection of cartoon art and comics material, the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is currently located in the lower level of the Wexner Center for the Arts complex.

Its new, permanent home in Sullivant Hall will expand its space from its current 6,808 square feet to more than 40,000 gross square feet, providing much-needed additional storage and new exhibition galleries that will allow more of the collection to
be displayed and accessible to the public." - For more information, see http://cartoons.osu.edu.

Virtual Tour of current Library and Museum in the Wexner Center for Arts

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum: Virtual Tour from Billy Ireland Cartoon L&M on Vimeo.

Current Holding:
450,000 original cartoons
36,000 books
51,000 serial titles
3,000 linear feet of manuscript materials
2.5 million comic strip clippings and tear sheets

And, for those who never seen this, silent animated film of
'Little Nemo' by Winsor McCay.

Learn more about The Rainbow Orchid by Garen Ewing.
Julius Chancer, The Rainbow Orchid, story, artwork, characters and website
© 1997 and 2010 Garen Ewing & inkytales - Photos by Linda Wada

Links of interest:
Museum Digital Exhibits | Cartoon Image Database
Art Database | Festival of Cartoon Art
Interviews & more on The Rainbow Orchid

Sunday, November 14, 2010

And the Oscar goes to... Kevin Brownlow

“My god, your predecessors did a terrible job of preserving the silent era,” - Kevin Brownlow at the Governors Awards, (The Wrap)

There is no doubt the studios were downplaying the silent era, after talkies started in the 1930s. With few exceptions (like Charles Chaplin saving his own film work, as his family - Roy Export - are still doing) the bulk of silent films were being left to turn to powder in film vaults, or dumped totally.

Kevin Brownlow, with David Gill, changed that, by saving this important film history, from disappearing totally. I know from my own research, archives that discount anything before the 1930s in film making, as part of policy, and don't save anything on films before 1930. I was told, anything before 1930 was primitive and not worth saving. How wrong they are.

As the acclaimed 'Hollywood Series' has proved, silent films were more than just silent comedies, but an era rich in storytelling, and the foundation in the making of the film industry. Stars of the 'talking era' owe the silent film makers a great deal, in their own careers. (Many even started their careers in silent films.) It was the only time we had a true international language (something we don't have now, and could use more now, then ever).

So, finally, great to see an industry embrace their real beginnings, by honoring someone who helped save the history for the current generation to learn and treasure.

The Governors Award Dinner gave everyone a chance to be free to say what they wish, instead of having the television camera broadcasting every word. And Mr. Brownlow was right. The industry did do a 'terrible job' in saving it's silent film past.

Thankfully, it took a teenager in England, to discover there was something to be saved from that past, and in the process, became a lifelong passion, that was rewarded last night, from the industry that had the least interested in it, in its past.

More links about the special Oscar event from November 13, 2010:

The Wrap - By Steve Pond
Governors Awards: 4 Oscars, 4+ hours, and No Godard, But It's Fun

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - official site
Kevin Brownlow Honorary Award - LINK
2010 - Governors Awards - LINK

The Hollywood Reporter - by Gregg Kilday
Academy Honors - LINK

Few more links of interest
Charlie Chaplin being honored with an Oscar in 1972 for his lifetime of work:

The Hollywood Series - LINK

Paris, France
Ann Harding interview with Kevin Brownlow -
English | French

Friday, November 12, 2010

Kevin Brownlow interview on BBC 4 The Film Programme

BBC 4 Radio - October 22 - Interview with Kevin Brownlow by Francine Stock on The Film Programme. Mr. Brownlow is the second one interviewed. He talks about the special Oscar he's receiving Nov. 13th, and how he got started in his interest of silent films. LINK


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Kevin Brownlow's 'It Happened Here'

Friday, November 12, 2010 - Hollywood - Kevin Brownlow's films "It Happened Here" and "Winstanley" will be screened, with Mr. Brownlow introducing the films, live. He is in Los Angeles to receive the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science's Governors Award on Saturday night.

Tickets appear to be still available for this Friday evening screening, so if in the area, certainly a great time to see these films. LINK

Update: Kevin Brownlow in Hollywood introducing his film Nov. 12, 2010 ( video from RusselMetty on yt)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Edna Purviance on Turner Classic Movies tonight!

Turner Classic Movies will be showing 'The Immigrant' this evening, as part of their look at the series "Moguls & Movie Stars, A History of Hollywood. 'The Immigrant' stars Charlie Chaplin with leading co-star, Edna Purviance. Check the TCM schedule for other Edna and Charlie films this month on TCM.

A clip from an older version, re-released during the sound era:

Saturday, November 06, 2010

My Chaplin Conference Experience - Part One

Charlie Chaplin
International Conference
Zanesville, Ohio
Ohio University - Oct. 28-30, 2010

My Charlie Chaplin

Conference Experience

Part One

A mini taste of my travel and seeing events at Ohio University.

Note: This Quicktime video file was saved for high speed modems and/or broadband, so do wait for the film to load, if an image doesn't show, right away.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

A few minutes at the Chaplin Conference

Here are a few minutes behind the scenes at the
Charlie Chaplin Conference
in Zanesville, Ohio - October 2010

Video by Linda Wada, ednapurviance.org

A little feedback off the web:
1) A comment my husband found on the web from a new fan of Chaplin.

"Linda Wada presents her labor-of-love film about Edna Purviance. The film features an interview with Lita Hill, Edna’s grand-niece. In her barn owl eyeglasses, Lita is quite a character. Even though she was in her late 70’s when the film was made, she’s clear and thoughtful. She visited her Aunt Edna often as a child, and lived with her for several years as a teenager. They’re second-hand stories of Edna’s life, of course, but interesting in spite of that." - Scott Cameron

Follow -up: First off, Lita live with Edna from her late teens to early 20s, until Lita married in the mid-1950s (and even off and on, after she was married). She also spent much time with Edna as a child, and even visited her in the 1940s in San Francisco (parts of this was removed to keeping the video to one hour and make room for adding new film footage of Edna). I don't think this new fan realized he saw Edna in her later years for the very first time, and in colour, since this was the very first showing of the footage of Jack's.

As for the second hand comment, most of Lita's stories were her own personal accounts from the time she knew Edna, after Edna's film career. The only 'second hand comment' he may refer to, is some Lita talked about Edna's career. But as the listeners learned, Edna never really talked about her film career to her.

The glasses Lita wore in the interview were her on choosing. Lita loved a bit of flair, as special glass frames showed. But, over the course of filming over three days (one hour each day), or even between breaks, Lita would change her glasses to her wire ones. We were not interested in fashion, but only talking about Edna, so left her choose whatever glasses she wanted to wear, and she felt comfortable in. That is all that mattered.

Just glad Mr. Cameron came to the conference and enjoyed the 'Angel from Nevada' presentation. There were many events to see, so very happy he took the time to see ours. Thanks, Mr. Cameron!

Niles Essanay Needs YOU!

Do you live in the San Francisco Bay area (by Fremont, California) and love silent films? The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum is looking for new volunteers to help with the store, office and tours. Contact Michael Bonham in Niles for more details. LINK

"Special note: We are in need of new volunteers to help our museum grow. We are looking for trainees to help out in the museum store doing inventory, stocking merchandise, or selling during our open hours. Retail sales experience is desired but not mandatory. Also, if you are interested in local history, silent film, and enjoy talking to people, we are in need of more docents (tour guides). If that interests you, we will provide all the materials and training you'll need. Take it from me, it's a fun job! If you have computer skills, we could use your help with data entry and and other related tasks. Just reply to this message and tell us what you'd like to do." - Michael Bonham, Niles

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Chaplin Conference 2010

Finally back home, where my internet is easier to work with. Watch for a Chaplin Conference post coming... Meanwhile, if a fan on Edna Purviance's Leading Lady Facebook page, I have a few posts over there, for members to see.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Edna Purviance film sightings for this week

See Links for times and dates

Edna sightings for this week: LINK
Music Box Theatre - Chicago - Charlie Chaplin 35MM Tour
The Chaplin Revue, A Woman of Paris, Pay Day, A Day's Pleasure

Chaplin Conference - Zanesville, Ohio: LINK
Work, The Pawnshop, The Kid, The Idle Class, A Dog's Life and How to Make Movies.

Always check your local area, for an Edna and Charlie film that maybe showing by you.

Thanks to Michael Bonham at Niles Essanay,
for sharing with us the cake from Edna Nile's Birthday Party!
If in the Fremont, California area, you should take a visit!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Happy Birthday, EDNA!

October 21st is Edna Purviance's birthday!

And the WINNER of the
Edna Purviance October Birthday surprise event IS!!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

My 'Chaplin at Keystone' has Arrived!

Direct from Flicker Alley, my pre-ordered copy of 'Chaplin at Keystone' has arrived today! It arrived from Los Angeles, by Media Mail.

Update: Oct. 21 - I have updated the DVD guide with this set. LINK

My little visitor help guide for the Chaplin Conference

Next week is the Chaplin Conference in Ohio. People will be flying in, driving in, with some people having cars, and others who will not. This guide is just to help, if you are doing either.

Local News: Zanesville Times Recorder

Current Exchange Rates: LINK
I use this site often, to figure out the current exchange rates. (Actual exchange rates can vary. But, when I use my credit card, I found this site to be close to the actual rate.)

Here are a couple of sites to help get an idea on the weather this coming week.
Recorder newspaper weather site

Flying into Columbus?
The Port Columbus International Airport - LINK
Lots of links for helpful information at the airport.

If you need a map of Ohio, and you are an AAA member, it is a great place to get maps and other travel information for your trip.

Mapquest link to Zanesville

Map of the University campus Location

Gas Prices?
Helps in planning the cash needed, if driving, as this site gives you an idea of current prices. LINK

Just one short list of some of the eateries around Zanesville. Check the Conference website on more information. LINK

Online List of Coffee Shops in Zanesville - LINK

For the most up-to-date information on the Conference, check out the Chaplin Conference home site. LINK

Just a little help, if you happen to be traveling that way. Have fun!

Monday, October 18, 2010



1PM Pacific Coast Time UPDATE: First name has been drawn and emailed for Edna's October Surprised. If I don't hear from them by 1PM Pacific Coast Time (24 hours from now), Tuesday, Oct. 19th, another name will be drawn! Countdown to winner, begins...


12:30PM Pacific: Shaking up the entries! First name drawn to be emailed at 1PM PACIFIC COAST TIME!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

David Kiehn, '60 Minutes'

Morley Safer with David Kiehn

From Michael Bonham at the Niles Museum:
"This Sunday, October 17, at 7PM (Pacific Time) in a segment of 60 Minutes our historian David Kiehn will be interviewed by Morley Safer about David's research into the making of the Miles Bros. film "A Trip Down Market Street" (1906). After many years of uncertainty, David discovered that the film was made 4 days before the great San Francisco earthquake. The 60 Minutes segment was taped in and around our museum in Niles." - Niles

Update: Below is a series of videos about this film.

Update Oct. 17th: And HERE is the story, as shown on CBS NEWS this evening and promotion piece just belong it.

This is the video. Actually, I remember posting this when I was showing images of San Francisco, when Edna first saw it before the April 1906 earthquake. Edna's stepfather, Robert Nurnberger, had family who lived in California. In 1905, he took Edna and her mother, Louise, on Edna's first visit to California.

Note: Niles is having Edna's Birthday Party on Sunday, starting at 4PM.

Here is a side by side:

Down Market Street, after the quake:

Thanks to Rena for the updated link for the '60 Minutes' preview'.
Also, here is a link from The San Francisco Gate about the research.

Update Oct. 17th: Excellent segment by Morley Safer. Watch 60 Minutes site for more.

Also here is the video restored as shown on CBS NEWS Rewind with Morley Safer

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Chaplin Library Database Update!

From Russia to Japan, Dominique Dugros has sent seven of his latest books in his Chaplin Library Collection. See them at the Chaplin Library Database. Click on the latest 15.

Monday, October 11, 2010

One Week to get your entries in!

Edna's October Surprise!
Edna Purviance October 2010
Birthday Event - Sept. Reminder!

What is one thing that makes Birthdays Fun? It's wondering what might be in that surprise gift!

With that in mind, I decided to do the same for Edna's birthday this year. I will not show you what you be winning, yet.

Instead, if you follow the rules and your name is drawn, and you reply to your email in time, you could be the winner of a real surprise!

And YOU will not find out what you have WON, until the day it arrives!

Once it does arrive, and you have confirmed seeing it, I will share with the world what you have won! (That is part of the rules for entry.)

Your gift will have your name, date and name of the event, either in or on the surprise gift given.

What it is? I will only say, it is something I never given away before.

Interested? All you have to do is to fill out this entry form with your guesses on the 8 DIFFERENCES IN PHOTO 2 on the official form. All correct answers will be entered into the drawing. (Note: Please study real carefully! Without giving away a hint, looking for 8 differences, so watch for any item that might mislead.)

Deadline to enter is Monday, NOON Pacific Time, October 18, 2010. The first name will be drawn shorty after NOON.

You will have 24 hours to response to your email notification. If you don't answer, a second name will be drawn and this will repeat every 24 hours, until we have a winner.

I hope to have a winner's name by October 21, 2010, Edna's Birthday.

I will publish the winners name and location on that day. Soon after, once the item is received, I will reveal to the world what was won!

So are you game for a real surprise? If you are, enter today! Open to all Edna fans, worldwide!

Part of our celebration, as ednapurviance.org starts heading into 10 years on the Web...

OCTOBER 18, 2010
Special page & entry form!

October 11, 2010 - We have continued to have entries from all around the globe (Sweden, Japan, UK, France, Australia, Germany, Canada, to name just a few)! You can't have a chance to win, unless you enter!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Edna's Birthday countdown!

Edna Purviance's birthday is October 21, 2010, so some Edna (and Charlie) clips, to countdown to the event.

Here is one from 'The Immigrant' (Mutual film) from yt video links.

(As always, do try to see these on the theatre screen, or one of the restored re-issues on DVD.)

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Edna's Birthday Party in Niles!

Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum
October 17, 2010

Fremont, California
Click image for details

Monday, October 04, 2010

The Sea Gull at the Springfield Library

Following my The Rainbow Orchid post late last week, here is a little update on The Sea Gull "A Woman of the Sea" which is also at the Springfield Library. Here is Springfield's catalog librarian, Rita Eberle, with the current copy. Like The Rainbow Orchid books, it is available for interlibrary loan.

Rita Eberle with The Sea Gull book at the Springfield Public Library.

September has turned out as a good month for overseas sales for The Sea Gull, as the book continues to find new homes on bookshelves worldwide. Two books have gone to Australia, alone, in just one week.

Also, the Leonard Maltin review, along with the Josef von Sternberg DVD release, has created more interest from Josef von Sternberg fans.

Currently, if you live in the San Francisco bay area, and like to get a copy, the Niles Essanay Film Museum Gift Shop in Fremont, California has a stack of signed copies. (It is the only bookstore The Sea Gull is currently available. The books are available through the online shop at ednapurviance.com.)

Leading Ladies still have copies on hand, though the stock is getting low, as a new stock of books will be on order for the holiday season.

And just one more Sea Gull note, The Zaneville Museum of Art, in Ohio, is having a special Charlie Chaplin and American Culture exhibit from Oct. 4 through Dec. 4, 2010. It includes a special rare showing of reproduced images from Edna's personal photos from Leading Ladies. This includes a few images from The Sea Gull and from Edna's film 'Education de Prince' (1927) filmed in France.

This is a very rare showing, and could be the only one, so hope some of you may get a chance to see it. Again, many thanks for your continued support of The Sea Gull.

Note: This SG library copy of The Sea Gull (like The Rainbow Orchid and other library paperback books) have a special covering, that protects it from the heavy use of a library. It is quite clear and makes the cover a bit heavier.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

The Rainbow Orchid Vol. 1 & 2 at the Springfield Library

Great thrill to finally see The Rainbow Orchid, by Garen Ewing, at the Springfield, Oregon Library. Here are Rita Eberle (left) and Youth Services Librarian, Carrie Schindele-Cupples (right), with the current two volumes in the Springfield collection. (Volume 3 will be added, when released.)

Rita wrote me later the same day, that both books were left as seen in this photo, and were both checked out the same day. I just checked the latest information on them, and both books are even checked out today. Just shows those eye catching dynamic covers, do grab peoples attention. Rita said, they plan to display them more often in the future, as the books have been checking out, to new found readers in the US.

Also good to note, all the paperbacks have a special clear covering, to protect them from the heavy wear and tear of library use. It is so well applied, you would never know it was there, but gives the cover a much thicker feel, without loosing any of the original colouring of the image.

If you live in the US, and like to see the books, you can visit the Springfield Library or ask your library for an interlibrary loan. (Better yet? Pick up some books of your own to enjoy. Link to The Rainbow Orchid Shop.) Thanks Rita and Carrie for the picture!

Link to the Springfield Library and Teens section.
(If you are new to Rainbow Orchid, you should know one of the lead characters, silent film star Lily Lawrence, is a friend of Edna Purviance, and there is a lovely drawing of them together in Volume One. We are very pleased Edna is part of this very delightful book!)