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Also Known As: Olga Edna Purviance Died: January 13, 1958
Born: October 21, 1895 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Paradise Valley, Nevada, USA Profession: actor, secretary

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Former secretary discovered by Charlie Chaplin at the age of 17 while she was visiting his studios. Purviance co-starred with Chaplin in over 30 films, beginning with "A Night Out" (1915) and including "The Tramp" (1915), "The Immigrant" (1917) and "The Kid" (1920).

Former secretary discovered by Charlie Chaplin at the age of 17 while she was visiting his studios. Purviance co-starred with Chaplin in over 30 films, beginning with "A Night Out" (1915) and including "The Tramp" (1915), "The Immigrant" (1917) and "The Kid" (1920).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 The Pilgrim (1923) The girl
3.
 A Woman of Paris (1923) Marie St. Clair
4.
 The Kid (1921) The woman
5.
 Sunnyside (1919)
6.
 A Day's Pleasure (1919)
7.
 Chase Me Charlie (1918) Edna Sugar-Plum
9.
 Pawnshop, The (1916)
10.
 The Essanay-Chaplin Revue of 1916 (1916) The farmer's daughter/Her sister
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1913:
Moved to San Francisco, California
1915:
Feature acting debut in Charlie Chaplin's, "A Night Out"; signed with Essanay
1915:
Co-starred in Chaplin's "The Tramp"
1916:
Moved with Chaplin to Lone Star Mutual
1918:
Followed Charlie Chaplin to First National
1922:
Had final comedy teaming with Chaplin in "The Pilgrim"
1923:
Undertook dramatic role in Chaplin film "A Woman of Paris"; final starring role
1926:
Chaplin refused to release Josef Von Sternberg's "A Woman of the Sea", in which she starred and which Chaplin had produced; reportedly the negative was destroyed in 1933 at Chaplin's behest
:
"Retired" from filmmaking
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Notes

While there are claims that Purviance was an extra in Chaplin's "Monsieur Verdoux" (1947) and "Limelight" (1952), there is no tangible evidence to prove them.

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companion:
Charlie Chaplin. Actor, director, producer, composer. Became romantically involved c. 1915 and had on-again, off-again relationship.
companion:
Courtland Dines. Oil tycoon. Romantically involved in the mid-1920s; he was shot on January 1, 1924 by Mabel Normand's chauffeur.
husband:
Jack Squires. Pilot.

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father:
Madison Purviance. Hotelier. Divorced from Purviance's mother in 1902.
mother:
Louise Purviance. Hotelier. Divorced from Purviance's father in 1902; remarried and widowed.
sister:
Bessie Purviance.
sister:
Myrtle Purviance.
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