A talented pianist - born on this day in 1895 - Edna Purviance was at first thought to be too serious for comedy; in the end it was her gravity which gave Chaplin's famed character of The Tramp something suitably durable against which to play his ineffable whimsy.
She would prove to be his best leading lady.
Although she starred in 33 films with Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance has yet to be recognized by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce with a star on the Walk of Fame. There is a petition here and on Facebook to correct this grievous injustice.
If you have a moment, won't you please sign them for yourself?
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