Bess Myerson, noted ex-Miss America, dead at 90

January 6, 2015 1:49 AM

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Bess Myerson, noted ex-Miss America, dead at 90

(CNN)Bess Myerson, the 1945 Miss America winner who became a celebrated media personality and public servant and then was brought down by scandal, has died. She was 90.

Myerson's rise to fame was a classic rags-to-riches American success story: a bright Bronx girl from a housing project, the daughter of a house painter, who won the nation's most famous beauty contest and parlayed her renown into a media career. She became a model and spokesperson and spent many yea...

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