She actually died Dec 14 in Santa Monica but it wasn't reported till today. When she was crowned in Sept 1945 it was a big deal for Jews. Unlike other Miss America's she got few endorsements because of the Anti-Semitism that existed in the United States at that time. She was also refused entrance to several country clubs and hotels. She was on I Got A Secret for nine years. Bess Myerson was Ed Koch's beard. He escorted her around to help him get elected dispelling rumors at the time that Ed was Gay. Bess went along when reporters suggesting that she might marry Ed Koch. Many people believe Ed wouldn't have been elected if it wasn't for the Bess Myerson sham. Bess involved in many scandals in her personal life including being indicted by Giuliani's office being charged with conspiracy, mail fraud, obstruction of justice and bribery when she was Cultural Affairs commissioner. She was acquitted in 1988. She also had shoplifting charges against her later in life. She was a panelist on the show The Name's The Same from 1952. Gene Rayburn was also in the episode below.