Pictured above: Bess Myerson, 1957
VAV!/January 5, 2015
Politician, actress, entertainer and Miss America 1945, Bess Myerson, died on December 14, 2014 at her home in Santa Monica, California. She was 90.
Myerson was the first Jewish American Miss America crowned on September 8, 1944, in Atlantic City. She was the first Miss New York to be crowned Miss America, and she was the Miss America Organization's first scholarship recipient to further her degree. After graduation from Hunter College she used the scholarship to complete her graduate studies in music at The Juilliard School and Columbia University.
She parlayed her Miss America title to fight anti-Semitism and racial bigotry as she traveled around the country.