Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, Missouri
Dancer and actress Louise Franklin strikes a pose in this September 15, 1941 publicity photo with Duke Ellington for his musical, "Jump For Joy," which played at the Mayan Theater in Los Angeles. A young Dorothy Dandridge also appeared in the musical. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Ms. Franklin appeared in many films (often uncredited) from the 1930s through the 1950s including "Cabin in the Sky" and "Stormy Weather." Photo: John Reed, Herald Examiner Collection, Los Angeles Public Library.