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Bess Myerson, first Jewish Miss America, dies at 90

The New York Times reports that Bess Myerson has died at the age 90. According to the Times, Myerson grew up in the Sholem Aleichem Cooperative Houses in the Bronx. She became the first Jewish -- and so far, only -- Miss America in 1945. Anti-Semitic attitudes led to cancelled appearances and lack of interest from sponsors.

 

She later became the city’s first commissioner of consumer affairs. She advised three different US presidents.

 

In 1983, she was made commissioner of New York's Department of Cultural Affairs.

 


First published: 01.05.15, 21:37