One and Only Bess Myerson

(Above source: Vimeo video)

Boomers might know Bess Myerson best as a long-time panelist on I’ve Got a Secret (CBS, 1958-1967), but be prepared to meet her as The One and Only Jewish Miss America, a new 51-minute documentary of that title streaming free on Vimeo.

This coming Tuesday, September 8, will mark the 75th anniversary of Myerson’s achievement, and New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage will mark the occasion at 7 pm ET with an online discussion.

The film’s director/producer David Arond will host  Myerson’s daughter, actor/screenwriter Barra Grant (Love Hurts); Abraham Foxman, director emeritus of the Anti-Defamation League; and Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism and a criminal justice professor at California State University, San Bernardino.

Meet Bess Myerson, The One and Only Jewish Miss America. in a new free documentary, and an online panel discussion marking the 75th anniversary of her crowning Sept. 8
(Source: Museum of Jewish Heritage)

To register for the event, which has a suggested donation of $10 to the museum, visit

The movie covers Myerson’s unexpected participation in the pageant and momentous win just months after the liberation of Nazi death camps, the anti-Semitism she then encountered, including the withdrawal of support from corporate sponsors, and her subsequent work to end such discrimination.  

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Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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