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Joanie Sommers (born February 24, 1941) is an American singer and actress.

The Pepsi Girl, Joanie Sommers, was born at Buffalo, New York as Joan Drost. She began using Sommers because she did not think Drost was good as a professional name.

She sang "Your Cheating Heart" on a Buffalo television show at the age of 10 and won a prize for the performance. The family moved to California when she was 14. As a student at Venice High School (Los Angeles County) she sang at school dances with the band. By the time she was 18 she had appeared on the television series "77 Sunset Strip" and had sung with Edd Byrnes (Kookie's Love Song) on an album and on a solo album of her own (Positively The Most).

Joanie Sommers was a popular singer during the 1960s. In addition, she appeared on numerous television shows as a singer and as an actress. She also acted in two movies in the early '60s. It was also during the early 1960s that she sang two popular commercial songs ("It's Pepsi, for those who think young" and "Now you see it, now you don't, oh, Diet Pepsi") for Pepsi-Cola that were run in commercials and for which she came to be often referred to as The Pepsi Girl.
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