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A talented writer and actress, Elsie Bierbower Janis gained international recognition in the entertainment industry.
Miss Bierbower wrote songs and books, and entertained American soldiers in France during World War I. She was later awarded the title of “Sweetheart of the American Expeditionary Forces.”
A hit on the London stage, Miss Bierbower also performed at the White House during the McKinley presidency.
One of her most successful plays was “The Vanderbilt Cup.” Born in Columbus in 1889, Elise Bierbower Janis was a credit to the entertainment industry and the city she called home.