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Miss america, 1945: bess myerson's own story - Bess Myerson - Wikipedia


Miss America 1945 , the 19th Miss America pageant, was held at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City , New Jersey on September 8, 1945. [1] Two days prior to the actual selection and coronation, the night of the talent competition, the Army Air Force Veterans voted the eventual winner, Miss New York City ( Bess Myerson ) as their favorite beauty queen. [2]

On September 8, 1945, Bess Myerson became the first and only Jewish "Miss America". She enjoyed an extensive career in television on such shows as The Big Payoff and I've Got a Secret , and subsequently served as New York's ground-breaking Commissioner of Consumer Affairs and then Cultural Affairs. An ovarian cancer survivor, she sponsors several ovarian cancer support groups. She also sponsors the annual "Bess Myerson Campus Journalism Awards", an Anti-Defamation League project to encourage young journalists who promote intergroup harmony on campus.

"A human and social portrait of immediate postwar days as seen from many different angles, each as American as cheesecake. It is a story of women, of Jews, of the Miss America pageant, and of Bess Myerson herself." ( The New York Times Book Review )

Miss America 1945 , the 19th Miss America pageant, was held at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City , New Jersey on September 8, 1945. [1] Two days prior to the actual selection and coronation, the night of the talent competition, the Army Air Force Veterans voted the eventual winner, Miss New York City ( Bess Myerson ) as their favorite beauty queen. [2]

On September 8, 1945, Bess Myerson became the first and only Jewish "Miss America". She enjoyed an extensive career in television on such shows as The Big Payoff and I've Got a Secret , and subsequently served as New York's ground-breaking Commissioner of Consumer Affairs and then Cultural Affairs. An ovarian cancer survivor, she sponsors several ovarian cancer support groups. She also sponsors the annual "Bess Myerson Campus Journalism Awards", an Anti-Defamation League project to encourage young journalists who promote intergroup harmony on campus.

"A human and social portrait of immediate postwar days as seen from many different angles, each as American as cheesecake. It is a story of women, of Jews, of the Miss America pageant, and of Bess Myerson herself." ( The New York Times Book Review )

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Bess Myerson became the first Jewish woman to win the Miss America pageant in 1945. Later in life Myerson was New York City's first Commissioner of Consumer Affairs (under Mayor John Lindsay), later serving as Commissioner of Cultural Affairs under Mayor Ed Koch. Throughout the late 1970s and the beginning of his mayoral ambitions, Myerson was a frequent public companion of Ed Koch.

In 1980, Myerson ran for the Democratic nomination for New York's U.S. Senate seat against Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman, Queens District Attorney John J. Santucci, and former New York City mayor John Lindsay. Myerson lost to Holtzman by a slim margin. {Via Wikipedia}

Miss America 1945 , the 19th Miss America pageant, was held at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City , New Jersey on September 8, 1945. [1] Two days prior to the actual selection and coronation, the night of the talent competition, the Army Air Force Veterans voted the eventual winner, Miss New York City ( Bess Myerson ) as their favorite beauty queen. [2]




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