Monica Boyar

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Monica Boyar is a Dominican Republic-born American nightclub club singer who was popular in the 1940s and 1950s.

Musical Influence[edit]

Boyar became a United States citizen after residing in the country from the age of six. She is a dedicated student of the folk music of all countries.

She was called the satin Latin song stylist. and sometimes the Ruban Blue-Bird. Walter Winchell said that she was the finest Latin talent in the entertainment field in 1960.

During the 1939 New York World's Fair she made a concerted effort persuade Americans adopt the Dominican Republic's native dance, the merengue. An initial reluctance eventually subsided, and by 1955 it was the fastest growing dance in the U.S. When Boyar introduced calypso songs America, many felt the music was not commercial. By 1954 calypso songs were among the bestsellers.

She introduced a new song, That's Why A Woman Loves A Heel, in October 1945. By 1948 Boyar had appeared on every overseas radio network. Boyar entertained at Ciro's in Mexico City and the Hotel Nacional in Havana. Among her numerous nightclub engagements was a December 1955 performance at the Viennese Lantern, at 242 East 79th Street in Yorkville, Manhattan. A lawsuit was taken out by an angry tenant who resided above the club. He contended that Boyar's bongo drummer kept him awake.

Clothing Designer[edit]

Boyar was a fashion designer for stage and motion picture stars. Her designs were very original yet simple. She also created expensive handbags. She had over two hundred gowns wear performances in her New York City apartment.


She appeared in Princess Papaya (1945). The concert film directed by Josef Berne included footage of dancer Sylvia Opert. Boyar played a singer in an episode of the television show Mister Peepers, in 1952. In 1961 she received a Universal Pictures screen test.

She married his first husband, Federico Horacio Vásquez Henríquez, his nickname was “Gugu”, She became a widow. When her husband, was capture and executed because, he was a part of team of heroes Who landed in Luperon Beach in 1949 against the dictator Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, who rules Dominican Republic for thirty one year with an iron fist.

Marlon Brando visited Boyar, who was a friend of his, when she was hospitalized at Lennox Hill Hospital, in January 1955. She married comedian Lee Tully in March 1958 and divorced him in Mexico in June. She was previously married actor Leslie Nielsen. Boyar and Nielsen were married for five years, separating in August 1955. Nielsen obtained a default divorce in June 1956.

He agreed pay $19,000 in lieu of alimony with monthly instalments of $500.


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  • "The Voice of Broadway". Oneonta Star. October 31, 1955. p. 4. 
  • "Salamanca Women Will Marvel At Gowns Designed By Brook Club Singer". Salamanca Republican-Press. July 8, 1949. p. 5. 
  • "Ex Canadian Farm Boy Gets Sophisticated Film City Rolse". San Mateo Times. June 2, 1956. p. 17. 
  • "Monica Boyar's Dominion:Merengue and Goulash". Yuma Daily Sun. October 25, 1955. p. 10. 

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