2020 Workers Unite Film Festival

The One and Only Jewish Miss America

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The surprising story of Bess Myerson, the talented beauty queen from the Bronx, and how she won the world’s most famous beauty pageant in 1945. The film follows Bess, daughter of poor Russian immigrants, from her childhood in a Jewish housing project through the pain of antisemitism when Miss America sponsors withdrew their support and race-restricted tour stops closed their doors. It is also a story of courage as her disappointment turned to determination, leading Bess Myerson on a national tour to fight prejudice and toward her lifelong passion for justice.


  • Year
  • Runtime
    51 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    David Arond