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About Miss America's Ugly Daughter

Barra Grant is back with her darkly hilarious mother-daughter story: the true, inside tale of Grant’s seismic relationship with her mother, Bess Myerson, the first and only Jewish Miss America.

Bess Myerson was an accomplished pianist, television personality, New York City’s first Commissioner of Consumer Affairs, a close advisor to Mayor Ed Koch, and a national spokesperson against anti-Semitism. Then, she infamously went down in flames — with her Mafia boyfriend! — in a judge-bribing scandal known as the “Bess Mess.”

If you missed Grant’s fascinating tale about being a confused ugly duckling growing up in the shadow of her spectacular mother last year, here’s your chance to finally catch it!

Written and Performed by Barra Grant

With Monica Piper

Directed by Eve Brandstein


“HARROWING, HEATRBREAKING, HILARIOUS… [Grant] spins her childhood traumas into occasionally painful, ultimately uplifting comic gold.” — Los Angeles Times

“DIRECT AND HONEST… entertaining, clever…tearful…amusing.” —LA Splash

“RECOMMENDED… STAGE RAW TOP TEN… beautifully constructed… laced throughout with explosive, edgy one-liners… a tale about the possibility of forgiveness” — Stage Raw

Run Time

80 minutes, no intermission.

Start Date

End Date


Recommended for ages 14 and up.

Greenway Court Theatre

544 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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