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March 9, 2023

35 Gorgeous Photos of Monica Lewis in the 1940s and ’50s

Born 1922 in Chicago, Illinois, American jazz singer and actress Monica Lewis began singing on radio after a successful audition with WMCA in New York City led to her own program. While studying at Hunter College at the age of seventeen, she started working as a singer for a radio show called Gloom Dodgers in order to support her family. Shortly after working for Gloom Dodgers, Lewis had a radio show titled Monica Makes Music. She went on to co-star on The Chesterfield Supper Club on radio.

In 1947, Lewis began to provide the singing voice for “Miss Chiquita Banana”, a cartoon television commercial character. In 1948 she appeared in the first ever Ed Sullivan Show, then called Toast of the Town, which also featured Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. It was created and produced by her brother Marlo Lewis.

In 1950, Lewis was signed to a contract with MGM. Some of her films included The Strip, Everything I Have Is Yours, and Affair with a Stranger, “The D.I”, and she later appeared in some 1970s disaster films such as Earthquake (1974), Rollercoaster (1977), and both Airport ’77 (1977) and The Concorde ... Airport ’79 (1979).

Lewis resumed her singing career in the 1980s and 90s, performing at such popular clubs as the Vine St. Bar and Grill and The Hollywood Roosevelt Cinegrill in Los Angeles and Danny’s Skylight Room in New York City. She spoke about her career just 10 days before her death to The New Yorker magazine, in an article published in the September 7, 2015 edition.

Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see the beauty of young Monica Lewis in the 1940s and 1950s.


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