Norma Nolan became the first woman from Argentina to win the Miss Universe (1962) crown. She won the crown after winning the Miss Argentina crown earlier that year while representing Venado Tuerto at the national pageant. Norma was crowned Miss Universe in Miami Florida. When Norma was crowned she was fluent in both Spanish and Italian. Her first exposure to English was the Miss Universe Pageant, after winning Miss Universe Norma began to learn English.
"By winning the Miss Universe crown Norma won thousand of dollar worth of Money and Scholarship and got free airfare to travel the world spreaming goodwill" as stated on the TV broadcasts of the Miss Universe 1962 show.
on Jul 22, 1962, Norma was seen in crown and sash with her scepter on the show "What is my Line". Norma was on this show and was very new to speaking American, she decided to go on the show without her interpreter, this being her first American appearance without an interpreter. You Can see the show here!
Norma was born to a mother who was Italian and her father was Irish. Because of her international heritage, TV stations called her the "International Miss Universe" stating she was as "International Miss Universe could get".
In the 1960's Norma was a symbol for youth in Argentina.
After holding the Miss Universe title Norma has lived a private life, away from cameras and media.