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Bess Myerson

Bess MyersonBorn: 16-Jul-1924
Birthplace: Bronx, NY
Died: 14-Dec-2014
Location of death: Santa Monica, CA
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Woodlawn Cemetery, Santa Monica, CA

Gender: Female
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Model

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: First Jewish Miss America

Father: Louie Myerson (house painter)
Mother: Bella Myerson
Brother: Joseph (d. diptheria, age 3)
Sister: Sylvia Grace
Husband: Allan Wayne (Naval officer, m. Oct-1946, div. 1958, one daughter)
Daughter: Barbara Carol Grant Reilly (b. 1949, "Barra")
Husband: Arnold Grant (attorney, m. 1962, div. 1967)
Husband: Arnold Grant (re-married 1968, re-divorced 1971, d. 1980)
Boyfriend: Carl Capasso ("Andy", sewer contractor, together 1980-88)

    High School: High School of Music and Art, New York City (1941)
    University: BA, Hunter College (1945)

    New York City Official Director of Consumer Affairs (1969-74)
    New York City Official Cultural Affairs Commissioner (1983-87)
    Anti-Defamation League
    Miss America 1945
    Bribery arrested 21-Oct-1987, acquitted
    Conspiracy arrested 21-Oct-1987, acquitted
    Mail Fraud arrested 21-Oct-1987, acquitted
    Shoplifting arrested in South Williamsport, PA Jun-1988, pled guilty
    Aneurysm 1981
    Mugged Sheremetyevo Airport, Moscow, Russia (Oct-1991)
    Russian Ancestry
    Jewish Ancestry
    Risk Factors: Ovarian Cancer

    Candid Camera Co-Host (1966-67)

Author of books:
Miss America, 1945: Bess Myerson's Own Story (1987, biography)

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