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MISS AMERICA, 1945, Jewish Contemporary Classics, Inc., 1-877-JCC-TAPE, $33.45.

In 1945 Bess Myerson became the first Jewish woman to win the Miss America title. Her sudden rise to fame is chronicled in this four-cassette audio tape–narrated by Myerson and Broadway actor Adam Grupper–from her childhood in the Bronx and her experience at the Atlantic City contest to working as New York City Commissioner of Consumer Affairs. Myerson describes the veterans, wily promoters, and bigoted rejection she encountered along the road from beauty queen to political activist.