Hollywood Through My Eyes: The Lives & Loves of a Golden Age Siren

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HOLLYWOOD THROUGH MY EYES is the intimate portrait of "America's Singing Sweetheart": Monica Lewis. It chronicles a young girl's rise from Depression-era Chicago, through the glamour and grit of New York City's nightclub scene and live broadcasting (including the very first Ed Sullivan Show), and finally to the privileged environs of Beverly Hills as the wife of top MCA/Universal executive and producer Jennings Lang.
 

            Follow Monica as she gets her first job with Benny Goodman, sings on the radio with Frank Sinatra, tours war-torn Korea with Danny Kaye, goes out on the town with Ronald Reagan, clowns with Red Skelton at MGM, and opens her Beverly Hills mansion to an impressive list of Who's Who including Senator Ted Kennedy, Barbra Streisand, Clint Eastwood, Ava Gardner, Steven Spielberg, and the Beatles.
 

            With her wholesomely sexy voice, Monica was the darling of servicemen during two major wars. With her mile-wide smile and million-dollar legs, she was a popular magazine cover girl worldwide. For fourteen years, Monica was the voice of cartoon character Miss Chiquita Banana in a series of classic commercials. She topped the charts with hits like "Autumn Leaves," "A Tree in the Meadow," and "I Wish You Love," earning the respect and adoration of jazz and pop music fans internationally. As an actor, Monica sang and danced through 1950s MGM musicals like Excuse My Dust and Everything I Have is Yours, and later she survived the cinematic disaster scenarios of Universal Pictures' Earthquake, Airport '77 and Rollercoaster.
 

            HOLLYWOOD THROUGH MY EYES chronicles the excitement of entertainment's Golden Age as only one who lived it can.

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HOLLYWOOD THROUGH MY EYES is the intimate portrait of a young girl's rise through the glamour and grit of New York City's nightclub scene and live broadcasting (including the first Ed Sullivan Show) to the environs of Beverly Hills. Follow Monica as she gets her first job with Benny Goodman, sings with Frank Sinatra, tours war-torn Korea with Danny Kaye, goes out on the town with Kirk Douglas and Ronald Reagan, and--after her marriage to Universal producer Jennings Lang--opens her home to an impressive list of Who's Who including Senator Ted Kennedy, Barbra Streisand, Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, and the Beatles. She was the darling of servicemen during two wars, the voice of Miss Chiquita Banana for 14 years, a singer who topped the charts with hits like "Autumn Leaves" and "I Wish You Love," and an actor who survived the cinematic disasters of EARTHQUAKE and ROLLERCOASTER. HOLLYWOOD THROUGH MY EYES chronicles the excitement of entertainment's Golden Age as only one who lived it can.

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For almost two decades, Monica Lewis was the idealized, wholesomely sexy sound and image of apple-pie America, lending a melodious voice of hope to thousands of U.S. troops through two of the 20th century's greatest wars.  She starred on the very first "Ed Sullivan Show," had numerous hit records including "Put The Blame on a Mame," "A Tree in the Meadow," "A Kiss to Build a Dream On," "Autumn Leaves" and "I Wish You Love," and provided the memorable singing voice for the popular cartoon character "Miss Chiquita Banana."

Signed by MGM in 1950, she appeared in such films as "Everything I Have is Yours" with Marge and Gower Champion, "Excuse My Dust" with Red Skelton and "The Strip" with Mickey Rooney, and had a strong dramatic role in RKO's "Affair With a Stranger."

Along a route that took her to famed music venues, on-air programs and movie studios from New York to Los Angeles and back, she paused for (and sometimes steered clear of) romantic entanglements with Ronald Reagan (who proposed marriage), Frank Sinatra, Ed Sullivan, Herman Wouk, Sidney Sheldon, Kirk Douglas, Richard Rodgers and Milton Berle.

She married colorful and innovative MCA/Universal Studios production executive Jennings Lang in 1956 and had featured roles in several of her husband's blockbuster movies, including "Rollercoaster," "Airport '77," "The Concorde--Airport '79" and the Top 100 all-time box-office hit, "Earthquake."  She also returned to cabaret and recorded several critically-acclaimed CD's in the 1980's and 90's.


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