Ex-Miss America, New York City politician Bess Myerson dead at 90

January 5, 2015 7:52 PM

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Ex-Miss America, New York City politician Bess Myerson dead at 90

The Bronx-born Myerson was crowned Miss America — the only Jewish woman to take the title — in 1945, just days after the end of World War II and at the height of the pageant’s popularity. She died in her Santa Monica home Dec. 14, Los Angeles County Coroner Assistant Chief Ed Winter said.

Bess Myerson, who was the only Jewish Miss America and later forged a career in New York City government that ended in scandal, died at home in California, reports said Monday.

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