(1915), Chaplin was working on his second film with Essanay Studios. He was looking for a leading lady for the film A Night Out, one of his fellow workers saw Purviance at a Tate's Cafe in San Francisco and thought she would be perfect for the role. Chaplin met with her, at first he was concerned that she might be too serious for comedic roles. Chaplin and Purviance began a romance during the making of Essanay, Mutual, and First National films of (1915–1917). Purviance performed in 33 of Chaplin's films, including (1921)The Kid. Her last film with him, A Woman of Paris. She went on to perform in Education de Prince, just before she retired. Chaplin kept her on his payroll until her death.