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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Funny, Indulgent, Absorbing, Slow
71
Avg Score

70
Ambitious, Depressing, Indulgent, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You want to see what happens to the life of an abused child who doesn’t really get over her childhood. A neat package of a play.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see a woman in her 70s dragging the memory of her mother through the mud. She may deserve it but it’s a Sad life journey

80
Funny, poignant & therapeutic, A vivid portrait of extreme narcissism, A biographical exercise in forgiveness and redemption

See it if You like biographical one person shows. You will laugh, you will wince & be moved by the story Ms. Grant shares about life with her mother.

Don't see it if You don't care for biographical one-woman shows.

Also This was a very well written, staged and performed one-woman show. It ... Read more Read less

73
Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You like mother daughter dynamics. This is not very flattering to Bess Myerson but it is her daughter’s journey to where she is today.

Don't see it if You don’t like one person plays or have no interest in a daughter’s journey with her mother’s fame, etc.

79
Well-presented, Ambitious, Gut-wrenching, Funny

See it if you want to hear how mothers can impact children's lives, and not for the good. You want to commiserate with and admire the actress.

Don't see it if you can't bear to see someone's mostly miserable life unfold in front of you. This story is well-told with humor. But it is still sad.

71
Entertaining

See it if You have some recollection of Bess meyerson and are interested in her life

Don't see it if You don't know and don't really care about Bess or her daughter is

68
Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You followed career of Bess Myerson

Don't see it if You are expecting an action packed production. If you are up for something uplifting

59
Funny, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You would like to know more about the first Jewish Miss America through her daughters eyes.

Don't see it if You don’t want to hear about the toxic relationship that Bess Myerson had with her daughter.

Also At the end of this show Berra Grant actually mentions rising above the... Read more Read less

72
Indulgent, Quirky, Slow, Funny

See it if to learn more of Bess Myerson's life with all its pitfalls

Don't see it if You want a story this play is the actress telling about her life with her mother

72
Languid, Glum, Erratic, Unforced, Demonstrative

See it if you remember the first Jewish Miss America & NYC icon & are curious to learn more about her.

Don't see it if you do not like solo, intermissionless plays.

Also Told from Grant's perspective, one cannot but wonder how much is exace... Read more Read less

79
Touching, Rueful, Honest, Funny

See it if you are willing to believe a daughter who's brave enough to tell uncomfortable truths about her celebrity mother

Don't see it if you need to believe all mothers are saints

Also I liked this; I felt considerable sympathy for Barra Grant as she unsp... Read more Read less

65
Informative, Entertaining enough

See it if If you know of Bess and want to learn more about her relationship with her daughter

Don't see it if Good energy put a little slow. I think Women in their 50s or older will relate best to the story.

65
Disappointing, Self-indulgent, educational, layered

See it if You'll learn or recall everything about Bess Myerson while enduring fallout effect she had on her daughter:Mommy Dearest without coat hanger

Don't see it if If you dont remember Burt Parks. If you want to see Bess Myerson on stage: regrettably, she is an actress off stage who speaks by phone

95
Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Anyone woman who has a mother /daughter relationship will appreciate the depth of the comments. Enjoyed the dynamics of the mother/daughter

Don't see it if If you do not like one woman shows or not into dynamics of relationships then this is not for you...

70
Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if You'd like a little insight into the private side of Bess Myerson.

Don't see it if You're tired of hearing about how weird a Jewish mother can be.

62
Banal, Entertaining

See it if if you are interested in Bess Meyerson

Don't see it if her daughter had a tough life and can be hard to watch

80
Resonant, Funny, Indulgent, Intelligent

See it if You have any knowledge of Bess Myerson and are interested in her life and how it affected her daughter Interesting Family insights

Don't see it if If you’re not into one-person shows or if you assume this is just personal therapy for the star (it’s much more than that)

69
Interesting but self-indulgent

See it if you are interested in the times and back story of Bess Myerson

Don't see it if you don't like one-person shows or if you don't know or care about Bess Myerson

50
Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You wish to witness a depressing story of a narcissistic mother and her daughter.

Don't see it if It was dreadful story that could have stayed off the stage.

78
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.

68
Indulgent, Cliched, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy introspective stories, you've always wondered what happens to the daughters of pagent winners

Don't see it if you like fast-paced shows, one-woman shows are not your thing

Also An interesting story about the daughter of a pagent winner.... Read more Read less

73
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.

82
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?

52
Intense, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You want to hear about Bess Myerson and the way she treated her daughter

Don't see it if You don't want to hear constant nagging and whining. This is a very self indulgent, negative diatribe on someone's mother

45
Banal, Slow, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy watching a 90 minute therapy session unwind on stage and are interested in the dark side of Bess Myerson.

Don't see it if You find it cringy to watch a therapy session unwind on stage.

Also The first half was mildly interesting and funny. The show quickly beca... Read more Read less

70
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.


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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