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Born in East Germany, after a short-lived marriage to American soldier Michael Munsinger, she emigrated to Canada in 1955. Munsinger lived in Montreal where she worked as a maid, a waitress and as a hostess at the "Chez Paree" nightclub. While in Canada, she became involved in relationships with a number of high government officials, most notably cabinet minister, George Hees and Pierre Sévigny the Associate Minister of National Defence.
While during the scandal she was the centre of a media frenzy, she eventually married for a third time, and under the name Gerda Merkt she spent the rest of her life in relative obscurity, passing away in 1998 in Munich.
The Munsinger affair inspired Canadian writer/director Brenda Longfellow to produce a 1992 feature film called "Gerda."
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