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Bess Myerson, the First Jewish Miss America, and Longtime Panelist on TV’s ‘I’ve Got a Secret,’ Dies at 90

Jan 8, 2015  •  Post A Comment

“Bess Myerson, a New York favorite daughter who basked in the public eye for decades — as Miss America in 1945, as a television personality, as a force in public affairs and finally as a player in a shattering municipal scandal — died on Dec. 14 at her home in Santa Monica, Calif.,” The New York Times reported on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.

Myerson was 90.

The story says, “Producers in television’s early days saw her as an obvious choice for a TV career, and they presented her at first as a pitchwoman, a kind of glorified model — statuesque at 5 feet 10 inches with luxuriant brown hair — hawking the sponsor’s products. But her intelligence, self-discipline and wit soon landed her a regular spot on the long-running hit game show ‘I’ve Got a Secret.’” She was a regular panelist on the show from 1958 to 1967, according to “The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows” by Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh.

The Times also notes that “Her coronation, on Sept. 8, 1945, just days after Japan’s surrender had ended World War II, came at a time when a beauty queen could still capture the nation’s attention and even emerge a heroine — in Ms. Myerson’s case as the first (and, so far, only) Jewish Miss America.”


Below is an episode of “I’ve Got a Secret” that we found on YouTube with Myerson as a panelist

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