From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Edna Purviance (October 21, 1895 – January 11, 1958) was an American actress during the silent movie era. She was the leading lady in many Charlie Chaplin movies. In a span of eight years, she appeared in over thirty films with Chaplin. Description above from the Wikipedia article Edna Purviance, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.