Who Won the 1945
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Bess Myerson

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How Gretchen Carlson can save the Miss America pageant

Washington Post
When she competed in the pageant in 1945, Bess Myerson, who became the first Jewish Miss America, was encouraged to go by a different name; after she won, some clubs and companies shied away from the idea that a Jew could be the ideal American woman ...

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OUR VIEW: Email scandal threatens Miss America Pageant

Gadsden Times
Then there's the Miss America dirt: 1945 winner Bess Myerson was pressured to change her last name to mask the fact that she was Jewish; 1984 winner Vanessa Williams, the first African-American to wear the crown, was tossed out when nude photos of her ...


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Lives of famous Jewish women presented at Boynton JCC

Sun Sentinel
When Myerson met Golda Meir, Golda revealed Myerson was her maiden name, and said to Bess, "You're much prettier than I am." Myerson became Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs in 1983 during the Koch administration. Her career tanked ...

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