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Argentina Mercedes González Morel [edit]

, known as Monica Boyar (December 20, 1920 - October 3, 2013) was a Dominican Republic-born American nightclub club singer who was popular in the 1940s and 1950s.

Argentina Mercedes González Morel [edit]

was born to Pablo González Valerio and Juanita Morel, in Mao, Dominican Republic. In 1929, her family emigrated to the United States, and settled down in Manhattan, New York City.

Boyar became a United States citizen [edit]

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 [edit]

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 [edit]

she made a concerted effort to persuade Americans to 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 to America, many felt the music was not commercial. By 1954 calypso songs were among the bestsellers.

She introduced a new song [edit]

, 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.

Marlon Brando [edit]

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 to actor Leslie Nielsen.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: CH

Spouse (1) [edit]

Leslie Nielsen (28 December 1950 - 9 June 1957) (divorced)

Trivia (1) [edit]

First wife of Leslie Nielsen.

First Name
Last Name
Full Name at Birth
Argentina Mercedes González Morel
Other Names
Monica Boyar
Argentina Mercedes González Morel
Monica Boyer
92 (age at death)
Date of Birth
Date of Death
Distinctive Features
Dominican American
Star Sign
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Dominican Republic-born American nightclub club singer who was popular in the 1940's and 1950's.
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