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Bess Myerson
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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
In office
1969–1973
Appointed by John V. Lindsay
Preceded by Gerard Maxwell Weisberg
as Commissioner of Public Markets
Personal details
Born July 16, 1924
The Bronx, New York City, U.S.
Died December 14, 2014 (aged 90)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Nationality United States
Height 5'10"
Spouse(s) Allan Wayne
Arnold M. Grant
Children Barra 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

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.

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.



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