Bess Myerson

Queen Bess Battles Bias

01/08/2015
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One day in 1945 an eager volunteer for the Anti-Defamation League brought a beautiful young woman to meet Arnold Forster, the organization’s legendary general counsel.

“She’s going to work with you. She can make speeches.”

“Who is she?” Forster asked.

“Don’t you know? She was just crowned Miss America!”

Bess Myerson tells how she confronted prejudice. Tim Boxer/JW

Bess Myerson, Only Jewish Miss America, Dead At 90

01/07/2015
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Bess Myerson, the only Jewish woman to be crowned Miss America, has died.

Myerson, who also was a spokeswoman for the Anti-Defamation League and donated $1.1 million to help found the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, died on Dec. 14 at her home in Santa Monica, Calif., The New York Times reported. She was 90. Her death had not been publicly reported.

Bess Myerson was crowned Miss America in 1945. Wikimedia Commons

Bess Myerson, First Jewish Miss America, Dies at 90

In the wake of the Holocaust, her September 1945 win gave American Jews hope.

01/05/2015
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Bess Myerson, the first and thus far only Jewish winner of the Miss America Pageant, died at age 90 on Dec. 14 at her home in Santa Monica, C.A. According to the New York Times, her death, which was not publicly announced, was confirmed on Monday by public records.

Bess Myerson dies at age 90. Via Kvie.org

A Malka, If Not A Queen

06/12/1998
Associate Editor
The generation that took Bess Myerson’s Miss America coronation as their own, now wonders, when was it, exactly, that 1945 turned out to be more than 50 years ago? How old, then, are those who remember? Someone will say, “Bess Myerson. How do I know you? We met someplace. I know you from someplace. She’d say, “Well, I was on television ... ”“Yes!
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