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. She won the pageant not long after World War II ended.
Myerson in 1957
|Miss America 1945|
|Preceded by||Venus Ramey|
|Succeeded by||Marilyn Buferd|
|Miss New York 1945|
|Preceded by||Bobby MacAdam|
|Succeeded by||June Jenkins|
|Commissioner of New York City Department of Consumer Affairs|
|Appointed by||John V. Lindsay|
|Preceded by||Gerard Maxwell Weisberg|
as Commissioner of Public Markets
|Born||July 16, 1924|
The Bronx, New York City, U.S.
|Died||December 14, 2014 (aged 90)|
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Arnold M. Grant
|Alma mater||Hunter College|
|Occupation||Model, city commissioner, TV show celebrity|
|Known for||Only 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.
- "Bess Myerson Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved Feb 15, 2015.
- "Bess Myerson Dies". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved Feb 15, 2015.