Edna Purviance

Born Oct 21, 1895

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

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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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