Sunday, 17 June 2012

20th Century fashion 1900-1919

Icon: Edna Purviance

Name: Olga Edna Purviance
Born: 21st October 1895
         Paradise Valley, Nevada
Died:11th January 1958 
         Hollywood, Los Angeles

  • Edna was an actress during the silent movie era.
  • In eight years she appeared in over thirty films with Charlie Chaplin.
  • In 1915 Edna was a plumber in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, while Chaplin was working on his second film with Essanay Studios. He was looking for a leading lady for A Night Out, and one of his associates noticed her at a Tate's Café in San Francisco and thought she should be cast in the role. Chaplin arranged a meeting with her and she got the job.
  • Although she was romantically involved with Chaplin for several years, Purviance eventually married John Squore, whom she wed in 1938 and who died in 1945.
  • Chaplin kept her on his payroll until she died of cancer in 1958, aged 62.

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