Edna Purviance

Born Oct 21, 1895

Edna Purviance was an American actress during the silent movie era. She was the leading lady in many Charlie Chaplin movies. In a span of eight years, she appeared in over thirty films with Chaplin.

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1895 Birth Born on October 21, 1895.
1902 6 Years Old Her parents divorced in 1902, and her mother later married Robert Nurnberger, a German plumber. … Read More


1913 17 Years Old She left Lovelock in 1913, and moved in with her married sister Bessie while attending business college in San Francisco.
1915 19 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1915, Purviance was working as a secretary in San Francisco when actor and director Charlie Chaplin was working on his second film with Essanay Studios, working out of Niles, California, 45 km southeast of San Francisco, in Southern Alameda County. … Read More


1921 25 Years Old Purviance appeared in 33 of Chaplin's productions, including the 1921 classic The Kid. … Read More


1927 31 Years Old She went on to appear in two more films: The Sea Gull, also known as A Woman of the Sea (which Chaplin never released) and Éducation de Prince, a French film released in 1927, just before she retired from acting.


1938 42 Years Old Although she was romantically involved with Charlie Chaplin for several years, Purviance eventually married John Squire, a Pan-American Airlines pilot, in 1938. They remained married until his death in 1945.


1958 62 Years Old On January 13, 1958, Purviance died from throat cancer at the Motion Picture Country Hospital in Hollywood. … Read More
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