Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2005: N


Naipaul, V. S.
Born 17 August 1932  (Chaguanas, Trinidad)
Writer, born in Trinidad of Indian parentage but now a naturalised British citizen, who was catapulted to fame in 1961 by his novel "A House For Mr Biswas", and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001. V. S. = Vidiadhar Surajprasad.
[Picture of V. S. Naipaul]


Nelson, Byron (Died in 2006)
Born 4 February 1912  (Waxahachie, Texas, USA)
Highly successful golfer who won some stuff and then retired in 1946. He later went on to become a golf commentator in the 1960s and 1970s, before having a golf tournament named after him. His hobbies include golf, commentating and golf tournaments.
[Picture of Byron Nelson]


Nelson, Willie
Born 30 April 1933  (Fort Worth, Texas, USA)
Country & Western guitarist/singer.
[Picture of Willie Nelson]


Newman, Paul (Died in 2008)
Born 26 January 1925  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Blue-eyed big screen legend, now in his 80s, who still indulges his passion for fast cars, and in January 2005 was lucky to walk away when his racing car crashed and caught fire at Daytona.
[Picture of Paul Newman]


Newton-John, Olivia
Born 26 September 1948  (Cambridge, England)
Successful singer who also had a big break as an actress in 1978, when she played the part of Sandy (can't you see...) in "Grease".
[Picture of Olivia Newton-John]


Nguyen Giap, General Vo (Died in 2013)
Born in Quangbinh Province, Vietnam  (exact date unknown)
Vietnamese military leader (born 1912) who proved a real thorn in America's side.
[Picture of General Vo Nguyen Giap]


Nicholson, Jack
Born 22 April 1937  (Neptune, New Jersey, USA)
Star of such films as "Chinatown", "About Schmidt" and the Michael Douglas-produced "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest".
[Picture of Jack Nicholson]


Nielsen, Leslie (Died in 2010)
Born 11 February 1926  (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada)
Serious film and television actor who turned to comedy in 1980 with "Airplane!", following which he has appeared almost exclusively in spoofs like "Spy Hard" and "Scary Movie 3".
[Picture of Leslie Nielsen]


Niemeyer, Oscar (Died in 2012)
Born 15 December 1907  (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Hugely influential Jewish Brazilian architect who pioneered the use of reinforced concrete, especially in building the city of Brasilia.
[Picture of Oscar Niemeyer]


Nimoy, Leonard
Born 26 March 1931  (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
Played Commander Spock in "Star Trek".
[Picture of Leonard Nimoy]


Noble, Ivan Ivan Noble is no longer with us
Born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England  (exact date unknown)

Died 31 January 2005  (London, England)

Age at death: 37  (read death notice)
Science writer for the BBC News website, born June 1967. After being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour in 2002, he recorded his experiences in a regular online "Tumour Diary", publishing the final instalment just before his death at the end of January 2005.
[Picture of Ivan Noble]


Norden, Denis
Born 6 February 1922  (Hackney, London, England)
Clipboard-wielding comedy scriptwriter, "raconteur" and presenter of TV programmes such as "It'll Be All Right on the Night" and "Denis Norden's Laughter File".
[Picture of Denis Norden]

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