Edna Purviance was working as a stenographer in San Francisco when one of Charlie Chaplin’s associates spotted her at a cafe and thought she should be cast as the leading lady for A Night Out. Chaplin initially thought that she might be too serious for comedic roles, but she was cast nevertheless and acted opposite Chaplin in his films for eight years. Most of her work with Chaplin was in shorts such as The Immigrant and The Tramp, but she was also in some of his feature films such as Shoulder Arms and The Kid. Although she and Chaplin were romantically involved, she married John Squire, a pilot. Edna Purviance died of throat cancer on January 11, 1958.