“The Jews said, ‘She’s got to win in order to show that we’re not just nameless victims’” her daughter told New York Magazine in 1987.
Bess Myerson’s victory as Miss America in 1945 gave American Jews hope and joy post World War II. They would soon return the favor.
Bess Myerson was more than just a leggy, musically talented performer. Masha Leon remembers a woman who never forgot her Yiddish roots.
Bess Myerson was a Bronx beauty - and so much more.
Bess Myerson, the first Jewish woman to win the Miss America title, has reportedly died at 90.