Bess Myerson

American model, city commissioner, TV show celebrity; first Jewish-American and first Miss New York elected Miss America

Bess Myerson (July 16, 1924 – December 14, 2014) was an American model and television actress. She was also a former Miss America 1945. She was the only Jewish Miss America.[1] She won the pageant not long after World War II ended.[1]

Bess Myerson
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Myerson in 1957
Miss America 1945
Preceded byVenus Ramey
Succeeded byMarilyn Buferd
Miss New York 1945
Preceded byBobby MacAdam
Succeeded byJune Jenkins
Commissioner of New York City Department of Consumer Affairs
In office
Appointed byJohn V. Lindsay
Preceded byGerard Maxwell Weisberg
as Commissioner of Public Markets
Personal details
BornJuly 16, 1924
The Bronx, New York City, U.S.
DiedDecember 14, 2014 (aged 90)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
NationalityUnited States
Spouse(s)Allan Wayne
Arnold M. Grant
ChildrenBarra Grant
Alma materHunter College
OccupationModel, city commissioner, TV show celebrity
Known forOnly Jewish American and first Miss New York elected Miss America

She was seen often on television in the 1950s and 1960s.

She became a city commissioner in 1969. Her career, however, stalled in the late 1980s due to scandal.

Myerson was born in The Bronx, New York City. She had ovarian cancer in th 1970s and dementia at the end of her life. She died in Santa Monica, California, aged ninety.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Bess Myerson Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved Feb 15, 2015.
  2. "Bess Myerson Dies". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved Feb 15, 2015.