ELSIE JANIS was born in Marion County, Ohio and first appeared on stage at the age of two. By 11, she was an established headliner on the vaudeville circuit. Janis appeared in several Broadway and West End productions, including The Vanderbilt Cup (1906), The Hoyden (1907), The Slim Princess (1911) and The Century Girl (1916). As a screenwriter, her credits include the original story for Close Harmony (1929) and she served as composer and production manager for Paramount on Parade (1930). With director Edmund Goulding, Janis wrote “Love, Your Magic Spell Is Everywhere” for Gloria Swanson in The Trespasser (1929), and “Oh, Give Me Time for Tenderness” was featured in the Bette Davis film Dark Victory (1939).
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