Edna Purviance's bio

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

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Interview with Ben Model

Interview with Ben Model about silent film music, from Virtual Trips (educational videos for kids). You can learn more about his events and music here at his site.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Rainbow Orchid and Aviators Fan Pages

On Facebook and into books?
Here are a couple of fine Facebook Fan Pages to check out.

First, Garen Ewing's
The Adventures of Julius Chancer
The Rainbow Orchid

Great place for latest updates about the new
The Rainbow Orchid Vol. 2
and updates on the coming
The Rainbow Orchid Vol. 3

And for people into high flying adventures
of early Hollywood...

Check out Shawna Kelly's
"Aviators of Early Hollywood"

You can learn about early day flying and
the daring author behind it.

Just a couple of the Edna's recommended Facebook friends.
Become a fan today!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Discover Europa Film Treasures

Like to see some rare films from Europe? Check-out Europa Film Treasures.

A little test coming Wednesday! (oops...)

Starting, THURSDAY, April 1st, 2010, and just for fun, I will start a little test called 'Identifying Edna' at Edna Purviance's .org. See you there!

(Correction, as I just April fooled, myself, in saying, Wednesday.)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

'Charlie Chaplin' in London

My video pick of the day is this short video of a 'Charlie Chaplin' look a like in London by the London Eye.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sid Fleischman, author of 'Sir Charlie' has died

Children and youth book author Sid Fleischman has died. His upcoming book, 'Sir Charlie' (published by Greenwillow-HarperCollins) is planned for release in June. You can visit Sid Fleischman's website at this link.

"He comes to life in these pages. It's an astonishing rags-to-riches saga of an irrepressible kid whose childhood was dealt from the bottom of the deck. Abundantly illustrated." - HarperCollins

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Rainbow Orchid Vol. 2 release in July!

Rainbow Orchid Fans
Can't Wait to get a hold of the next edition of
The Rainbow Orchid Volume Two!
Garen Ewing's latest edition is part two of the three part series.
Volume two will be available
July 2010!

Check out Garen's Facebook Fan Page!
Stylish page for information and all the latest!

Also, to help celebrate the July 5th launch, I have updated my interview page I did with Garen last year. It is full of links to interviews, reviews and events surrounding The Rainbow Orchid!

But to get the latest news, link up to Garen's home website for The Rainbow Orchid. Learn more about The Rainbow Orchid series, order Volume One (signed and sketched editions) and other special Rainbow Orchid fan items (from T-shirts to unique Giclée Rainbow Orchid prints).

Special thanks to all the visitors who have stopped by Garen's interview this last year. My husband, Wesley and I, are looking forward to the launch of Rainbow Orchid (vol. 2) and so pleased to see Garen's Rainbow Orchid series being published with Egmont.

Visit Garen's Rainbow Orchid home site and watch for more updates and for the launch of Rainbow Orchid volume two this summer!

NOTE: You can have a chance to win Volume One! Contest ends March, Monday 29th. Details here.

(Fan art drawing created by Linda Wada. The comic characters represent fans, followers and some Rainbow Orchid characters, all licensed with their creators, with all characters representing a connection to RO over the years. Special note: BAM - original home for 'Bulldog' by Jason Cobley - was the first publication the first episode of The Rainbow Orchid appeared in 2002.)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

First Annual Toronto Silent Film Festival

April 6 - 15th, 2010

Toronto Silent Film Festival
First Annual Event - Program schedule

"Five different nights, 4 different venues, all different musical artists and some of the most spectacular films you've never seen. Starting off with a opening night with the Toronto Theatre Organ Society at beautiful Casa Loma. Canada's largest Wurlitzer organ will be played to the classic comedy Seven Chances with Buster Keaton." - My Town Crier

Here is Tressa Young's interview with Toronto Silent Film Festival director, Shirley Hughes.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Edna and Charlie's old dressing rooms got soaked

Allan Ellenberger caught these images at the old Chaplin Studio, today, as it was soaked, after a car wreak by Chaplin's old office.

Update: Here is my photo of the studio in 2006, so you can see the location.

Couple of clever silent film UK ads

Remember 'Pay Day' and the brick scene? Dulwich Studios has created these two nicely produced ads, in the silent film style, for an UK Storage Company. Take a look...

Friday, March 19, 2010

Stealing my Stuff, EH?

Felix in Hollywood (1923)

Felix the Cat meets Charlie Chaplin,
as he tries to break into show business.
Click on image...

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Largest Collection of Glamour Photos Ever Auctioned!

Epstein and Schwimer Glamour Photography Auction
March 26 - 27, 2010 - You name it and you probably will find it in this largest Glamour photo auction ever held.

Name a few: Adolph Menjou, Anna May Wong, Blanche Sweet, Boris Karloff, Buster Keaton, Charles Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Hedy Lamarr, Vivien Leigh, Virginia Cherrill, Rudolph Valentino, Paulette Goddard, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are just some of the names in this huge collection of over 1200 images and collections.

You can view online, or download a Pdf file. Check it out!

'Chaplin' look alike at Universal Studios

Always interesting seeing how Chaplin's image has been used over the years. This was recently uploaded on youtube from a friend who knew this man who worked as a Charlie Chaplin look alike at Universal Studios. It was something called the Wild, Wild, Wild, West Stunt Show in the 1990s.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Edna's Facebook Fan Page

While ednapurviance.org and Edna's Place will remain my main areas to post about Edna, my new Edna Purviance Facebook Fan Page is a place to meet other Edna Purviance fans from around the world. If you are a Facebook member or like to become one (it is free to join, Facebook), you are very welcome to join! Also, tell your other Edna Purviance friends!

Update - Thanks to everyone who have joined the group, so far!

Monday, March 15, 2010


I am experimenting with expanding the pages for the larger video formats and larger computer screens. I just started, so things will be adjusted over the coming week.

Test it with this larger screen version of BFI's 1903 'Alice in Wonderland.'

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Peter Graves has died at 83

Latest from the Los Angeles Times, actor Peter Graves has died at his Pacific Palisades home. He was 83 years old. I know I will most remember Graves from his years on "Mission: Impossible." I just recently watched him on TCM, with their premiere showing of "Airplane." Here is a link to the LA Times. Also, here is a short clip with Graves from RealTVfilms:

Note: For Charlie Chaplin fans, Peter Graves narrated the Biography 'Charlie Chaplin' program in 1998. He was the first person I remember mentioning Chaplin's Swiss home being turned into a museum.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Hey YOU!

Stop 'blog surfing' a few minutes, and enjoy a little silent film comic fun, from Oregon comic performer, Angel Ocasio.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Grand View Cemetery Lawsuit Settled

The Los Angeles County Superior Court has finally settled the Grand View lawsuit. The settlement is for $3.8 million dollars, which the law firm handling the case will receive $1.1 million dollars. The rest will be divided to the 2,500 to 3,000 claimants who filed suit.

"Paul Ayers, one of the plaintiff attorneys representing the families, will oversee the restoration efforts, to include obtaining original cemetery records, identifying and storing cremated remains in the mausoleum and installing an irrigation system for rehabilitated landscaping.

With the settlement complete, the long-awaited restoration efforts should begin soon, Ayers said.

“For most of the families, it’s not the compensation,” Ayers said. “They want to see the cemetery normalized.”" - Burbank Leader, March 10, 2010

As for Edna Purviance, and the fans who voiced here, they wanted Edna out of Grand View, Lita Hill (Edna's grand niece) was trying to remove Edna in the fall of 2007, to take to another cemetery. She was in the process of doing so, when the attorney involved decided against it, on the grounds of Edna being "a celebrity" and "cult" figure.

I will say, Lita was very serious in doing it and followed all the steps in doing so, but was told, afterwards, it could have lead to lawsuits toward her, from people (not related to Edna) not wanting Edna out of Grand View.

So for all the fans, who wanted Edna out of Grand View, Lita did try, she really did. Lita's wish was an memorial for herself, Edna and her father, Morgan (Lita's father). That didn't happen.

Hopefully, Grand View will be on the road to being restored, and a caring buyer will be found. That will be the next step. So this story is not over, just beginning a new chapter.

Rte1's Kevin Brownlow interview about Killruddery Film Festival

March 10, 2010 - Latest radio interview with Kevin Brownlow about the Killruddery Film Festival in Ireland. Program starts at 16 minutes into the one hour recording.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Charlie Chaplin's 'Smile' sang on American Idol

Once again, another contestant sang SMILE on America Idol. Tonight, contestant Paige Miles did her version. When the link shows up, I will place here (video might disappear). Learn a bit more about SMILE at this link.

My video pick for the day CBS interview with Neil Gaiman

CBS Sunday Morning interview with author Neil Gaiman, creator of the story Coraline. Interview by Sernea Altschul.

Watch CBS News Videos Online

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Kevin Brownlow at Killruddery Silent Film Festival

Kevin Brownlow will be making a return visit to the 2010 edition of the Killruddery Film Festival, held March 11-14, 2010. I posted about this many months ago, but here again, is the 2009 documentary to the Killruddery Silent Film Festival, with special three part interview with Kevin Brownlow. Also, an auto short interviewing Kevin about this years festival.

Introducing to the Festival

Part One of Interview with Kevin Brownlow

Part Two of Interview with Kevin Brownlow

Part Three of Interview with Kevin Brownlow

Also, a short auto interview with Kevin Brownlow on RTÉ Lyric FM about 2010 festival.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Max Linder "Le chapeau de Max" & 35mm Animation

The Unknown Cinema Channel on youtube has a variety of interesting silent film clips for fans to watch. Here are just a couple to enjoy.

Max Linder "Le chapeau de Max" - Pathé Baby
(shorten version from original 1913 film)
Max Linder was one of Charlie Chaplin's idols during his film and stage career. You can see why, in watching this film, Chaplin could have seen.

With all the chatter about today's animated films and 3D movies, always a good education to see the early animated films. Unknown Cinema have this colour clip of a 35 mm animated film made for a special production of toy projectors for children. (Follow-up: The images remind me a bit of Winsor McCay early animations.)

Visit the Unknown Cinema for more gems.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Virtual Fun with Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Los Angeles Times has placed together a Virtual Hollywood Walk of Fame online. And for silent film fans, there is even a selection for silent film stars!

It has a list of different categories, pictures of each star and short details about that star. It also has a map to show you where that star is located on (or by) Hollywood Blvd.

Very nicely done and fun for fans to use, especially if you are planning a visit to Hollywood in the future. The Walk of Fame is celebrating it's 50th year, so if you are in the Los Angeles area, a good time to check it out. Link to virtual tour.

And for Edna Purviance fans, if you haven't done it yet, please do sign the Hollywood Walk of Fame petition for Edna's chance to be on the Walk of Fame.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Oops... A little crossed up with Will Shortz

Oops... I guess you could say for Will Shortz, the popular New York Times crossword puzzle expert, who appears on NPR each Sunday morning. During a recent interview, when asked what words are deleted and just not "crossword eligible" anymore, Will was quoted as saying:

"TC: I know you try to add words and new lingo, but are there also words you find you have to delete…just information that’s no longer “crossword eligible?”

WS: Absolutely, lots of answers for that. First of all there are names that used to be common in crosswords that are being phased out or eliminated all together.

Like “Charlie Chaplin’s daughter who married Eugene O’Neill,” her name is Oona, used to be very common in crosswords.

Now a days it’s a sign of desperation." - The Chronicle

Oops... Just got his 'words' and 'people' a bit crossed up, you could say. And for those who don't know, Oona was Eugene O'Neill's daughter and she married Charlie Chaplin. On the other hand, a bit sad, to think people just don't know that anymore.

For the full interview from The Chronicle, see this link. Will Shortz can be heard on NPR every Sunday morning with a special puzzle of the week.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Lon Davis's Silent Film Screenings

Ninth Annual

Willamette Oaks Silent Film Series
with Lon Davis
Eugene, Oregon

April 3, 2010
- "Love and Laughter"
1:30 PM - with three film shorts, including Felix the Cat

April 17, 2010
"The Family Secret"
with special guest Diana Serra Cary (Baby Peggy Montgomery)

Contact Willamette Oaks for more details.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Niles Essanay Programs for March 2010

Niles Essanay Films Events for March 2010

March 6, 2010
7:30 PM

Suggested donation $5
Bruce Loeb (piano)

The Whistle
(1921, William S. Hart) William S. Hart produced and stars in a change-of-pace for him, a contemporary story of a father and son working in a mill, with deadly consequences.

With shorts:
Alkali Ike’s Auto (1911, Essanay) Augustus Carney, Harry Todd, Margaret Joslin
Danger Ahead (1926, Weiss Brothers) Earl McCarthy is Hairbreadth Harry.

March 13, 2010
7:30 PM

Suggested donation $5
Judy Rosenberg (piano)

Short Subject Night

The Bank (1915, Essanay) Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance
Number, Please (1920, Roach) Harold Lloyd
Neighbors (1920, Schenck) Buster Keaton
The Sleuth (1925, Joe Rock) Stan Laurel, Anita Garvin

Sunday March 14, 2010 - 4:00 PM
Suggested donation $5
The MIDNIGHT PATROL Tent of the “Sons Of The Desert”, the International Laurel & Hardy vintage comedy film appreciation society, will once again be meeting at the Edison Theater at 3:00 pm prior to the films. The public is welcome to attend their friendly, informal and very informative meeting.

Men O’ War (1929) Laurel and Hardy, James Finlayson
Sailors Laurel and Hardy meet two girls at a lakeside park and try to treat them to a soda and disastrous boat ride.

Love Business (1930) Our Gang
Miss Crabtree comes to live at Jackie Cooper’s house, which gives him an opportunity to propose. Chubby Chaney cuts in on the action.

Me & My Pal (1933) Laurel and Hardy, James
Finlayson, Billy Bletcher, Charlie Hall
Ollie is about to get married when Stan gives him a jigsaw puzzle as a present.

Hearts Are Thumps
(1937) Our Gang, with Rosita Lawrence as Miss Jones
It is Valentines Day and the gang forms the He-Man Woman-Haters Club, just as Darla sets her sights on Alfalfa.

Saturday March 20, 2010 - 7:30 PM
Suggested donation $5
Judy Rosenberg (piano)
The Son of a Gun (1918, Golden West) G. M. Anderson made an attempt at a comeback with a series of films for his Golden West Producing Company, The Son of a Gun being his second of three made in Glendale, California. If he’d made features of this quality in Niles he would have been assured of continuing success, and the productive days of the Niles Essanay studio might have been extended.

With shorts:
The Making of Broncho Billy (1913, Essanay) with G. M. Anderson, made in Niles.
Shootin’ Mad (1918, Golden West) G. M. Anderson

Sunday March 21, 2010 - 4:00 PM Matinee
$10 General / $8 Museum members
A film About Sex, Drugs and Transformation
May I Be Frank (2009) Frank is 54 years old, depressed and addicted. He stumbles into raw, organic and vegan restaurant in San Francisco, Cafe Gratitude.

When he is asked “What is one you want to do before you die?” Frank replies, want to fall in love one more time, but no one love me looking the way I do”. May I Be documents the transformation of Frank Ferrante’s life. A question and answer session with filmmakers follows the film. There will also be a dining experience at the ESSANAY CAFE at the conclusion of the film presentation. Reservations for the film and dinner are recommended.

March 27, 2010
7:30 PM

Suggested donation $5
Bruce Loeb (piano)
Grandma’s Boy (1922, Hal Roach, 35mm) Harold Lloyd plays a timid young man who learns some lessons in life from his grandmother.
With shorts:
Post No Bills (1923, Roach) Paul Parrott
All Night Long (1924, Sennett) Harry Langdon

For full schedule and ticket information visit the Niles Essanay Film site.

Special thanks to Michael Bonham, News editor

Michael Douglas to receive Chaplin Award

May 24th, 2010 - Michael Douglas has been selected to receive the Chaplin Award at the 37th annual Film Society of Lincoln Center Chaplin Award gala. The award has been given to many, from Meryl Streep to Alfred Hitchcock. more about the award>

"Throughout his career, Michael has entertained audiences both in front of the camera and behind the scenes, and it will be an honor to showcase his diverse body of work," Film Society board chairman Ann Tenenbaum said.

The award is named after Charles Chaplin, its first recipient." - Hollywood Reporter

"The Film Society’s Annual Gala began in 1972 and honored Charles Chaplin – who returned to the US from exile to accept the commendation. Since then, the award has been renamed for Chaplin, and has honored many of the film industry’s most notable talents, including Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Laurence Olivier, Federico Fellini, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, James Stewart, Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep and most recently, Tom Hanks." - Lincoln Center

Also here is more from the Film Society of Lincoln Center about this event. more>