On September 8, 1945, Bess Myerson became the first and only Jewish "Miss America". She enjoyed an extensive career in television on such shows as The Big Payoff and I've Got a Secret, and subsequently served as New York's ground-breaking Commissioner of Consumer Affairs and then Cultural Affairs. An ovarian cancer survivor, she sponsors several ovarian cancer support groups. She also sponsors the annual "Bess Myerson Campus Journalism Awards", an Anti-Defamation League project to encourage young journalists who promote intergroup harmony on campus.
"A human and social portrait of immediate postwar days as seen from many different angles, each as American as cheesecake. It is a story of women, of Jews, of the Miss America pageant, and of Bess Myerson herself." (The New York Times Book Review)
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