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Elsie Janis was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1889, and she started entertaining people before she was three years old. She began doing imitations of celebrities, then moved on to vaudeville. During World War I, she performed for troops in England and France, then eventually began acting, producing, and writing for film. She wrote the screenplay for Regular Girl, which was released in 1919. She also a co-wrote the title song and had the starring role in the film. Janis regularly performed for war-related charities and organizations like the American Legion. After her death in 1956, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960.