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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Alvarado Neighbors: 402A

The third visit was to 402 A, which belonged to actress Olga Edna Purviance. Edna had said she knew William Taylor only very slightly and that she had never worked with him and had only met him formally. She described him to be rather interesting, likable, and smart with great manners. She had also heard him referred to as honest, kind, and generous. She said she saw him infrequently and knew nothing of his private life. She knew Taylor and Mabel Normand were close but couldn’t tell if they relationship was more than friends.
Supposedly, Charlie Chaplin paid the rent on 402. Charlie's brother, Sydney Chaplin, was at one time Edna's agent. During January 1920, Syney lived at 307 W. 7th St, along with Mabel Normand, in apartments owned by Anna Gillon, mother of Hazel Gillon Dignowity, who lived in 404 S. Alvarado before Wm D. Taylor.

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