Edna makes her debut as a star at the Los Angeles premiere of A WOMAN OF PARIS, September 26th, 1923

Crowds gather outside the Criterion for the premiere of A Woman Of Paris 

The premiere was the first attraction at the brand-new Criterion Theater (formerly the Kinema Theater) in Los Angeles. Chaplin did not attend because he was en route to New York for the opening there on October 1st. Edna Purviance, however, did attend. “For her debut as a star,” wrote the Chicago Tribune, “Miss Purviance wore a gown of shimmering silver cloth, a wrap of brocade delicately embroidered in blues and reds, and a wide bandeau of silver cloth.” When Edna appeared on stage following the film, “there was no polite applause, but a loud burst of appreciation. Edna was initiated into the stellar sorority.” (Chicago Tribune, Oct, 7th, 1923)

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