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Edna Purviance (1895–1958)

Edna Purviance began working as a stenographer in San Francisco. Charles Chaplin invited her to join him at Essanay Studio in 1915, the year of her film debut in Chaplin's His Night Out. Over the next seven years she appeared as his leading lady in over 20 Chaplin films made by Essanay, Mutual, and First National, including the classics The Tramp ... See full bio »

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 1952 Limelight
Mrs. Parker (uncredited)
 1947 Monsieur Verdoux
Garden Party Guest (uncredited)
 1927 Education of a Prince
La reine Liska de Silistrie
 1923 The Pilgrim (Short)
The Girl
 1922/I Pay Day (Short)
Foreman's Daughter
 1921 The Idle Class (Short)
Neglected Wife
 1921 The Kid
The Woman
 1919 A Day's Pleasure (Short)
 1919 Sunnyside (Short)
Village Belle
 1918 The Bond (Short)
Charlie's Wife / Liberty
 1918 Triple Trouble (Short)
Maid (uncredited)
 1918 A Dog's Life (Short)
Bar Singer (uncredited)
 1918 How to Make Movies (Short)
Actress (uncredited)
 1917/I The Adventurer (Short)
The Girl
 1917 The Immigrant (Short)
 1917 The Cure (Short)
The Girl
 1917 Easy Street (Short)
The Mission Worker
 1916 The Rink (Short)
The Girl
 1916 Behind the Screen (Short)
The Girl
 1916 The Pawnshop (Short)
His Daughter
 1916 The Count (Short)
Miss Moneybags
 1916 The Vagabond (Short)
The Gypsy Drudge
 1916 The Fireman (Short)
The Chief's Sweetheart
 1916 The Floorwalker (Short)
The Secretary
 1916 Police (Short)
The Girl
 1915 A Burlesque on Carmen (Short)
 1915 Burlesque on Carmen (Short)
Carmen - the Gypsy (uncredited)
 1915 A Night in the Show (Short)
Lady in the Stalls with Beads (uncredited)
 1915/I Shanghaied (Short)
Daughter of the Shipowner (uncredited)
 1915 The Bank (Short)
 1915 A Woman (Short)
Daughter of the House (uncredited)
 1915 Work (Short)
Maid (uncredited)
 1915 By the Sea (Short)
Wife of Man in Top Hat (uncredited)
 1915 The Tramp (Short)
Farmer's Daughter (uncredited)
 1915 A Jitney Elopement (Short)
 1915 In the Park (Short)
Nursemaid (uncredited)
 1915 The Champion (Short)
Trainer's Daughter (uncredited)
 1915/I A Night Out (Short)
Headwaiter's Wife (uncredited)
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Mr. Chaplin [Charles Chaplin] asked me if I would like to act in pictures with him. I laughed at the idea, but agreed to try it. I guess he took me because I had nothing to unlearn and he could teach me in his own way. I want to tell you that I suffered untold agonies. Eyes seemed to be everywhere. I was simply frightened to death. But he had unlimited patience in directing me and teaching me.


According to a 1920 census, she was neighbors with William Desmond Taylor around the time of his murder. Douglas MacLean and his wife were living nearby as well. See more »

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