Bess Myerson (born July 16, 1924 in the Bronx, New York) became the first Jewish woman to win the Miss America pageant in 1945. She appeared on various television shows in the 1950s and 1960s. In the 1970s and 1980s, she was involved in New York City politics.
While competing in beauty pageants, Myerson refused, despite entreaties, to use a pseudonym that "sounded less ... more »
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''The accomplice to the crime of corruption is frequently our own indifference.''Bess Myerson (b. 1924), U.S. government official, columnist. quoted in Claire Safran, "Impeachment?" Published in Redbook (New York, April 1974).