Macel Wilson

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Macel Patricia Leilani Wilson, of Honolulu, Hawaii, (b. 5 May 1943) was the first Asian American to win the Miss USA beauty pageant, and a film editor for the Danish Broadcasting Corporation.

Miss USA 1962[edit]

In 1962, she became Miss USA, becoming the first Asian American to win that beauty pageant.[1][2] Her title at that pageant was Miss Hawaii USA. She went on to place as a semi-finalist in the 1962 Miss Universe Pageant. Ms. Wilson later filled in at the Orange Bowl Parade in Miami, Florida when Miss Universe Norma Nolan of Argentina fell ill with the measles.[3] She appeared on The Tonight Show on October 16, 1962.[4]

Life in Denmark and Tunisia[edit]

In 1967, Macel Wilson moved to Copenhagen, Denmark and married Jens Henrik Packness, a civil engineer. She then began studying film at University of Copenhagen and painting in private classes. She also began work as a film editor at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation. From 1973–1976, she and her family lived in Tunis, Tunisia, where she continued her art studies at the Tunisian School of Fine Arts in Le Bardo. In 1977 she returned to Copenhagen. In 1978, she resumed work as a film editor with the Danish Broadcasting Corporation until leaving in 2000. She continued her art studies and had several exhibitions in Danish galleries starting in 1999.[5][third-party source needed]


  1. ^ "Miss USA : Contestant Profiles : Past Titleholders". New York: Miss USA L.P., LLLP. Retrieved March 19, 2011. Miss USA 1962 Macel Wilson 
  2. ^ Singka, Ranny (May 8, 2009). "Miss USA The Second Decade 1962-1971". Behind The Crown - The on-line magazine covering the Miss USA, Miss Universe, Miss Teen USA, Miss AMerica, and Miss World Pageants. Anurun Production, Inc. Retrieved March 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Beauty Has Measles". The Evening Independent (St. Petersburg, FL). 1962-12-31. p. 3A. OCLC 2720408. Retrieved 2015-07-08. 
  4. ^ "'The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson' Episode dated 16 October 1962 (TV episode 1962)". Seattle, WA:, Inc. (, Inc). Retrieved March 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Macel - Personal data". Copenhagen, Denmark. March 9, 2009. Retrieved March 19, 2011. 

External links[edit]

  • "Macel". Copenhagen, Denmark. March 9, 2009. Retrieved March 19, 2011.  Macel Wilson's web site, in Danish and English
  • "Macel Wilson". Seattle, WA:, Inc. (, Inc). Retrieved March 19, 2011.