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Miss America's Ugly Daughter

From 84 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Indulgent, Absorbing, Slow

About the show

In this solo piece, Barra Grant explores her life growing up in the shadow of her mother Bess Myerson, the first and only Jewish Miss America. More…

From the show:

BARRA GRANT stars in this darkly hilarious mother-daughter story. The critically acclaimed play tells the true story of Grant growing up a confused ugly duckling in the shadow of her spectacular mother, BESS MYERSON, the first and only ever JEWISH MISS AMERICA!

Member Reviews (84)


Entertaining, Funny, Indulgent, Absorbing, Slow

Resonant, Riveting, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining

See it if behind the scenes view between a complex, candid, and tumultuous relationship straight from the source! A rare find and enjoyable night out.

Don't see it if dislike one-man-shows, seek an ideal mother-daughter relationship, uncomfortable with suicidal tendencies, looking for a grand set and plot.

Poignant, Wyre, Unrequited-love story, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if Either: a)Enjoy one-person shows. b) Have an interest in celebrity lives and/or c) Interested in variations in mother-daughter Relationships

Don't see it if You dislike intimate theater pieces.

Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You remember Bess Meyerson and want to learn more about her and her daughter through her daughters eyes

Don't see it if You don’t like one woman shows which create a stage for deep feelings If you say Bess who?

Entertaining, Cliched, Banal

See it if If you want a milder staged version of "Mommy Dearest" you might enjoy this. There are a number of funny lines but ...

Don't see it if you are expecting some deep insight into Bess Meyerson.

Absorbing, Must see, Intelligent, Funny

See it if Absolutely fantastic!!! A sad story told in the most humorous way...You laugh and you shed tears...Good humor!

Don't see it if Cant think about any reason why not! It is a must see

Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy historical themed topics, a one woman show and not overdone scenery

Don't see it if you don't enjoy one actor plays, you ant handle emotional topics

Moving, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You like excellent performances and plays that focus on one person's journey.

Don't see it if You do not care for one-person shows about actual historical figures or you must see performances with large and lavish production values.

Disappointing, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if Women will probably relate to life- long mother daughter tensions. Resonates with a New York crowd.

Don't see it if Listening to a daughter’s life spent in the shadow of her successful but neurotic mother is not your thing. Performance is very slow.

Touching and funny

See it if You enjoy one-actor shows with moving stories.

Don't see it if You don’t like one-actor shows

A story told in flashback

See it if you like mother-daughter conflict about famous people

Don't see it if personal angst is boring to you

Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in the real lives of celebrities portrayed by the actual child. Well done.

Don't see it if you liked Bess Meyerson and still like to think she was a great mother.

Refreshing, Absorbing, Entertaining



Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like a well written one woman show. A very good performance.

Don't see it if If you don’t know Bess Myerson or do not enjoy a solo show.

Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if I went to this show thinking it would be a “Mommie Dearest” thing. Boy was I wrong. It’s very insightful and funny. Highly recommend it.

Don't see it if Don’t see it if you don’t want to know the truth about Bess Meyerson.

Edgy, Quirky, Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like one person shows. If you are familiar with Bess Myerson's. If you can relate to difficult mother-daughter relationships

Don't see it if You are not much of a fan of one person shows. If you have no familiarity with Bess Myerson.

During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if Living up to expectation in Mum's critical gaze. Words wound, but judgey words scar. Real daughter gets answers to her self-esteem issues.

Don't see it if High-achieving '50s personality may not deserve the hatchet to be sharpened for being a cheap narcissist. "You can't be beautiful and hate."

Also "Jewish girls don't enter beauty contests/Beauty requires a little eff... Read more Read less

During previews
Informative, Thought-provoking, Funny, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you'd like to hear a very revealing story about Bess Myerson by her daughter. It was critical but at the end it was very sympathetic.

Don't see it if you don't like to hear unpleasant info about Myerson or are not interested in her life.

Also This was not a Mommy Dearest. There were definitely revealing unpleasa... Read more Read less

During previews
Entertaining, Funny/sad, Mommie dearest

See it if interested in the family dynamic between former Miss America Bess Myerson & her daughter. At times very funny with an underlying sadness.

Don't see it if want a fuller picture of Bess Myerson. Her accomplishments are mentioned but her intelligence & abilities not fully presented.

Also That said, Ms Grant has reason to feel the way she does, given the lac... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if you want to hear a Mommy Dearest tale that is moderately entertaining with occasional spots of brightness.

Don't see it if you don't like hearing a daughter bash her famous mother when mother is no longer around to tell her side.

During previews
Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Funny, Exquisite

See it if A fully realized life with tribulations, conflict and joy interest you

Don't see it if One woman shows bore you

During previews
Absorbing, Honest, Moving, Sad at times, Very funny at times

See it if you are interested in the life of Bess Myerson. Her daughter wrote & stars in this piece-- funny & sad, often at same time. Honest & raw.

Don't see it if you prefer to think of beauty queens as perfect & don't want to see the truth behind the facade. If you don't want mother/daughter conflict.

During previews
Slow, Indulgent, Dated, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you want to understand the relationship between Bess Myerson , the only Jewish Miss America, and her told by the actual daughter

Don't see it if if you don't like one person shows. It was interesting seeing her actual daughter doing the role - but she was only an OK actress.

During previews
Sad, Great staging, Funny

See it if You are interested in the relationship between Bess Myerson and her daughter or like plays that are about aweful mothers

Don't see it if You don't like 1 woman shows. Shows about dysfunctional relationships btwn moms and daughters are not for you. Dont want something heavy

Also This was at times funny but mostly sad. The daughter is a good storyte... Read more Read less

During previews
Entertaining, Great writing, Funny

See it if you enjoy wonderful one-woman shows about real life events and family struggles especially touching stories of mother and daughters.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy one-women shows.

During previews
Emotional, Funny, Hilarious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like one woman shows talking about their mother Miss America. If you like to hear that Mothers response.

Don't see it if You could careless about Any Miss America, even the classiest and more famous. Or if you don't wanna hear any bad-talk about Miss A 1945.

January 20th, 2020
"Bess Myerson’s ‘Ugly Daughter’ Recalls Miss America Dearest Barra Grant’s autobiographical solo play plumbs her fraught relationship with her mother, the famous politician and beauty queen Bess Myerson."
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January 17th, 2020
"Miss America's Ugly Daughter Dishes on a Beauty Queen's Private Cruelty: Bess Myerson's daughter performs her confessional solo show off-Broadway."
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January 27th, 2020
"Barra Grant Tells of Her Iconic and Infamous Mom in 'MISS AMERICA'S UGLY DAUGHTER: BESS MYERSON AND ME'"
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January 17th, 2020
"Grant is a pleasant, undemonstrative performer…While not given to histrionics, she earns our engagement as she…leads to…an act of forgiveness. 'Miss America's Ugly Daughter' is neither a mess nor the best of Bess but the inherent fascination of its subject covers a multitude of sins."
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