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( b. circa 1928 Hackensack, New Jersey, USA - d. Sep 27, 2013 Chico, California, USA ) Female
June Reimer Springer was an actress, singer and dancer who as June Reimer appeared in several shows in the 1940s and '50s, and was the widow of the noted Hollywood publicist John Springer.
By age 18, Ms. Reimer she was a professional singer. To land her part in Kiss Me, Kate, she auditioned before composer Cole Porter himself. A pretty blonde with a fresh-faced, all-American beauty, Mrs. Springer's other Broadway credits of this period included Sigmund Romberg's My Romance (1948) and Three Wishes for Jamie (1952), a Ralph Blane musical comedy staged by Abe Burrows.
Mrs. Springer also starred as the Princess in a national tour of Romberg's The Student Prince.
In the 1950s, under the stage name Monica Lane, she joined crooner Cass Franklin as half of a popular singing duo that played New York nightclubs such as The Latin Quarter. The two also appeared on early television variety shows such as "The Colgate Comedy Hour." According to her son, publicist Gary Springer, her publicity pin-up for the Catskills resort Mount Airy Lodge became the source material for Roy Lichtenstein's famous 1961 Pop Art painting, "Girl With Ball."
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