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 attended business college in San Francisco.
1915 19 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1915 Edna Purviance was working as a secretary in San Francisco, when Chaplin was working on his second film with Essanay Studios, working out of Niles, California, one hour southeast of San Francisco. … 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 Education de Prince, a French film released in 1927, just before she retired as an actress. … Read More


1938 42 Years Old Although she was romantically involved with Chaplin for several years, Purviance eventually married John Squire, a Pan-American Airlines pilot, whom she wed in 1938 and who died in 1945. … Read More


1958 62 Years Old She died from throat cancer on January 11, 1958. … Read More
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