Bess Myerson dead: First Jewish Miss America was 90

January 5, 2015 10:48 PM

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Bess Myerson dead: First Jewish Miss America was 90

Sept. 8, 1945: Bess Myerson, of New York, holds the scepter after being crowned Miss America 1945 at the annual Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP)

LOS ANGELES – Bess Myerson, the first Jewish Miss America and a New York political force until a series of scandals dubbed the "Bess Mess" forced her into obscurity, has died. She was 90.

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