Brook Lee

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Brook Lee
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Brook Antoinette Mahealani Lee

(1971-01-08) January 8, 1971 (age 48)
TitleMiss Hawaii USA 1997
Miss USA 1997
Miss Universe 1997
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorBrown
Miss Hawaii USA 1997
Miss USA 1997
Miss Universe 1997

Brook Antoinette Mahealani Lee (born January 8, 1971, in Pearl City, Hawaii), known as Brook Lee, is an American actress, television host, model and beauty queen who was crowned Miss Hawaii USA 1997, Miss USA 1997, and Miss Universe 1997.

Personal life[edit]

Her Korean grandfather emigrated to Hawaii in the 1950s. She is of Korean, Hawaiian, Chinese, Dutch, Portuguese, English and French ancestry.[1] Lee's mother, Toni, was president of Na Pua Ke Ali'i Pauahi, an alumni association of the school who petitioned the board for reforms.[2]

Her Korean name is Lee Shi-nae (이시내).[3]


Miss USA 1997[edit]

Lee was crowned Miss Hawaii USA on her first try, then went on to participate in Miss USA 1997 at Shreveport, Louisiana on February 5, 1997, where she was crowned the winner by outgoing titleholder Ali Landry of Louisiana.

Miss Universe 1997[edit]

Lee represented the United States in the Miss Universe 1997 pageant in Miami Beach, Florida. On May 16, 1997, she won the crown at 26 years and 128 days, became the oldest Miss Universe to win.

Lee and Al Masini along with funding from the state were forces behind the Miss Universe 1998 pageant being held in her home state of Hawaii, in Honolulu, for the first time.[1]

Immediately prior to winning the Miss USA and Miss Universe crowns Lee pursued graduate-level studies in communications at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She also attended University Lab School for one year, 1987–88. Lee graduated from Kamehameha Schools in 1989.

Later Life[edit]

After her reign as Miss Universe she made several cameo appearances in movies and television shows, and has hosted many television shows in Asia and the United States. She is the host of a regional television show known as Pacific Fusion, which focuses on Asian-American lifestyles. She has also hosted episodes of Great Cruises on the Travel Channel.

Since 2006, Lee has been married to actor Tory Mell and they have two children.


  1. ^ a b Wilson (2000). Reimagining the American Pacific: From South Pacific to Bamboo Ridge and Beyond. Duke University Press. pp. 16–. ISBN 9780822325239.
  2. ^ Rath, J. Arthur (2006). Lost Generations: A Boy, a School, a Princess. University of Hawaii Press. pp. 210–. ISBN 9780824830106.
  3. ^ "[클로즈업]한국계 97년 미스 유니버스 브룩 리 : 연재 : 뉴스 : 동아닷컴". September 13, 2000. Retrieved September 1, 2012.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Venezuela Alicia Machado
Miss Universe
Succeeded by
Trinidad and Tobago Wendy Fitzwilliam
Preceded by
Louisiana Ali Landry
Miss USA
Succeeded by
Idaho Brandi Sherwood
Preceded by
Ku'ualoha Taylor
Miss Hawaii USA
Succeeded by
Leslie-Ann Lum
Media offices
Preceded by
Ali Landry and Julie Moran
Miss Universe color commentator
2001 (with Todd Newton) and 2002
Title next held by
Carson Kressley and Shandi Finnessey (2006)