For almost two decades, Monica Lewis was a certified pop music and pop culture phenomenon — the rhapsodic vocal essence of the Jazz Age. She 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 was the magazine cover girl with the mile-wide smile and the ad world’s Most Wanted with the million-dollar legs. On the screen, she supported legendary Hollywood actors with her sass, brass, song and dance while posing a blonde, bodacious threat to fellow MGM Studios performer Lana Turner. On the airwaves, she was a Top Banana — singing her way into TV and radio history as the oh-so-a-peelin’ cartoon persona of the venerable Chiquita Banana brand.