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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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Known For

(1923)
The Immigrant Immigrant
(1917)
The Kid The Woman
(1921)
(1926)

Filmography

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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
 1926 A Woman of the Sea
Joan
 1923 A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate
Marie St. Clair
 1923 The Pilgrim
The Girl
 1922/I Pay Day (Short)
Foreman's Daughter
 1921 The Idle Class (Short)
Edna, Neglected Wife
 1921 The Kid
The Woman
 1919 A Day's Pleasure (Short)
Mother
 1919 Sunnyside (Short)
Village Belle
 1918 Charlie Chaplin: The Essanay Comedies
The farmer's daughter / Her sister
 1918 How to Make Movies (Short)
Actress (uncredited)
 1918 Shoulder Arms (Short)
The Girl
 1918 The Bond (Short)
Charlie's Wife / Liberty
 1918 Triple Trouble (Short)
Maid (uncredited)
 1918 A Dog's Life (Short)
Bar Singer (uncredited)
 1917/I The Adventurer (Short)
The Girl
 1917 The Immigrant (Short)
Immigrant
 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)
Pawnbroker's Daughter
 1916 The Count (Short)
Miss Moneybags
 1916 The Vagabond (Short)
Gypsy drudge
 1916 The Fireman (Short)
Girl
 1916 The Floorwalker (Short)
Secretary
 1916 Police (Short)
The Girl
 1915 A Burlesque on Carmen (Short)
Carmen - the Gypsy
 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)
Stenographer
 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)
Edna
 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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Height:

5' 2" (1.57 m)
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Personal Quote:

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.

Trivia:

Her relationship with Charles Chaplin became, at one point, romantic as well as professional (1915-1917). However, it was abruptly over after he was forced into a shotgun wedding with teenager Mildred Harris. Nevertheless, Purviance continued to be his leading lady. Her sweet, girlish counterbalance to his rambunctious antics had become a marketable commodity. It was speculated that if they had ... See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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