University of Missouri Research Board

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“The Sweetheart of the A.E.F.”

Londré recalls how Elsie Janis, a Kansas City performer, went overseas during World War I to entertain American soldiers. Unlike many other actors who traveled abroad, Janis journeyed without the sponsorship of an aid organization, accompanied only by her mother.

Preserving the Enchanted Years of the Stage

Felicia Hardison Londré
Professor, Theatre
UM Kansas City

By Christina Andrade