Bess Myerson, the first Jewish Miss America, dies at 90

January 6, 2015 7:04 AM

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Bess Myerson, a New York favorite daughter who basked in the public eye for decades — as Miss America 1945, as a television personality, as a force in public affairs and finally, under a harsher light, as a player in a shattering municipal scandal — died on Dec. 14 at her home in Santa Monica, Calif., her death occurring in the relative obscurity in which she had lived her last years. She was 90 .

Her death, which had not been publicly announced, was confirmed Monday by public records.

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