Hollywood Through My Eyes: The Lives and Loves of a Golden Age Siren
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HOLLYWOOD THROUGH MY EYES is an intimate portrait of the Golden Age of radio, film, nightclubs, and television as seen by one who was there— popular recording star Monica Lewis. Packed with witty anecdotes, celebrity adventures, and dozens of never-before-seen-photos of the rich and famous, this chronicle of a young girl’s rise from Depression-era Chicago—through the proving ground of live broadcast (including the very first Ed Sullivan Show), the glamour and grit of New York’s Stork Club and Copacabana, and finally to the privileged, politically charged environs of Beverly Hills as the wife of MCA/Universal executive and producer Jennings Lang—is a rare insider’s look at show business history. (This book is available in two different Hardcover editions. Read on to learn the differences.)
Follow Monica as she gets her first job with Benny Goodman, sings on the radio with Frank Sinatra, dances on the silver screen with Gower Champion, 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, and the Beatles.
With her idealized, wholesomely sexy sound and image of apple-pie America, Monica Lewis 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 14 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,” “Tree in the Meadow,” and “I Wish You Love,” earning the respect and adoration of jazz fans internationally. As an actor, she survived the disasters in Earthquake, Rollercoaster, and Airport ’77. This truly unique memoir will be released by Cable Publishing on May 5, 2011.
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A picture-driven collection of Hollywood stars met and personal relationships made while the Author_ sings and acts within America’s vintage entertainment industry. Monica Lewis works the 1940s nightclubs, hosts radio programs, acts out movie and TV roles, serves the troops in Korea with Danny Kaye, and leads a philanthropic lifestyle in Beverly Hills. Name them and Monica knew them – Ed Sullivan, Kirk Douglas, Ronald Reagan, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, and Bob Hope – to name just a few! The Beatles perform in her backyard and crash for the night in her living room; Paul Newman regularly plays tennis at the mansion; and friends Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis attend the Author_’s 1953 opening performance at the Plaza Hotel’s Persian Room in the Big Apple. This book will hook you on every page! I highly recommend Hollywood Through My Eyes for those who would enjoy a superbly organized, guided tour down Hollywood’s historical path.