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Neleh Dennis (born February 19, 1980), pronounced nul-LEE-uh, was the runner-up in Survivor: Marquesas, the fourth season of the popular reality show. The season aired in Spring 2002. In the first part of the season, she was often nicknamed "Sweet Pea" because of her apparently innocent and ingratiating demeanor, but that nickname faded when it became apparent that she was playing the game with strategy and occasional ruthlessness. At times, she was also referred to as "The Princess." February 19 is the 50th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1980 is a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... Survivor: Marquesas was the fourth installment of the popular United States reality show Survivor. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


She was known for her alliance with Georgia judge Paschal English, the only contestant ever to be eliminated based on pure luck. She also famously used the phrase "Oh, my heck" numerous times on the show. Dennis was part of the most significant power shift in "Survivor" history up to that point when she joined Paschal, Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien, Sean Rector, and Vecepia Towery to overthrow the dominant "Rotu 4" alliance, led by John Carroll, in the eighth episode. Neleh was instrumental in the formation of this alliance, convincing English, who was strongly against the idea because of his initial distaste for Rector, to join against the "Rotu 4." Having thought they would have no hard feelings about it, since they had clearly revealed their plans to exclude her and Paschal, she was surprised at the backlash she faced from the overthrown alliance at the final. Paschal English (born March 5, 1945) is a Survivor contestant who played in Survivor: Marquesas and is notable for being the only Survivor to be voted out based on pure luck. ... Vecepia Towery (born December 9, 1965) won $1,000,000 on the Marquesas edition of Survivor, the first black contestant to win a series of the game. ... John Carroll was born June 14, 1965 in El Paso, Texas and based in Omaha, Nebraska at the time of the Marquesas season of Survivor (2002). ...


Dennis is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and hails from Layton, Utah. In addition to refusing to swear (an utterance of "sucks" during the final tribal council took everybody off-guard), Dennis also wore far less revealing clothing than other younger female contestants. At the time her season aired, she was the youngest-ever contestant up to that point. She was 21 at the time of filming. Before filming "Survivor," she was a student at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. The Salt Lake City temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the largest attraction in the citys Temple Square. ... Layton is a city located in Davis County, Utah. ... Weber State University is a university located in Ogden, Utah. ... Ogden sign over Washington Boulevard at the Ogden River; toward downtown Ogden is a city located in Weber County, Utah. ...


Dennis's 4-3 tribal council loss was the subject of some controversy because many fans believed that she played a better game than Towery, who won the tribal council vote. It is widely believed that Towery's win had much to do with the "Rotu 4", who sat on the jury, exacting payback against Dennis, one of their original tribemates. But it was largely also agreed that Neleh's performance before the jury was poor, and she had also lost popularity among some tribemates because of an incident following a reward challenge where Paschal won and invited her for the trip (instead of Vecepia, whose birthday was that very day). Upon their return, they explained that they weren't able to bring back food for the tribe, and Neleh offered them a half-chewed mint that had been in her mouth (which did not endear her to Sean). Paschal English (born March 5, 1945) is a Survivor contestant who played in Survivor: Marquesas and is notable for being the only Survivor to be voted out based on pure luck. ... Vecepia Towery (born December 9, 1965) won $1,000,000 on the Marquesas edition of Survivor, the first black contestant to win a series of the game. ...


Dennis won the final immunity challenge, the first involving three women, and continued the trend of the final immunity winner losing the last tribal council vote (a trend broken by Brian Heidik in the following season). At the last tribal council, Neleh received the votes of Vavrick-O'Brien, English, and Zoe Zanadakis. Carroll, Robert DeCanio, Rector, and Tammy Leitner voted for Towery. Zanadakis "defected" from the Rotu 4, while Rector had a long-standing alliance with Towery. Brian Heidik (born March 9, 1968) won $1,000,000 on the Thailand edition of Survivor. ...


Following her stint on Survivor, Neleh was employed briefly by KUTV, the CBS affiliate in Salt Lake City, as an entertainment reporter for the morning show. She left the show in the summer of 2003 upon her marriage to fellow Mormon Kris Nielsen. After her marriage and departure from the morning show, Neleh consciously withdrew from public life and tries to maintain a low profile to preserve her privacy. Dennis's last national television appearance was in a TLC documentary about the birth of Towery's child, in which Nielsen also appeared, along with Rector and other Marquesas contestants. CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) is a major radio and television network in the United States. ... The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Salt Lake Citys top tourist draw. ... The term Mormon is a colloquial name referring to Latter Day Saints, derived in the 1830s from the Book of Mormon, one of their books of scripture, whose compiler was named Mormon. ... TLC, as pictured on the cover of their third album, FanMail. ...


Dennis was known to have been upset by the reporting of an alleged romance with fellow contestant Gabriel Cade on several "Survivor"-related websites. Dennis never confirmed a romance with Cade nor spoke publicly on the matter at all.


Another minor controversy involved the revelation of John Carroll that two contestants had received a tatoo of a turtle with him after the show. Spoiler sites immediately insisted that the two Survivors in question were Neleh and Cade, which later fueled the rumors of the aforementioned romance. Dennis never confirmed nor denied receiving the tatoo, a practice also frowned upon by the Mormon religion. John Carroll was born June 14, 1965 in El Paso, Texas and based in Omaha, Nebraska at the time of the Marquesas season of Survivor (2002). ... The term Mormon is a colloquial name referring to Latter Day Saints, derived in the 1830s from the Book of Mormon, one of their books of scripture, whose compiler was named Mormon. ...


Trivia: Neleh's first name is simply Helen spelled backwards. She is named after her grandmother. The "backwards" name led to some speculation on internet message boards that producer Mark Burnett was sending secret signals through various image reversals that Neleh would be the eventual winner. Mark Burnett (born July 17, 1960) is a British-born American television producer, best known for the reality television series Survivor and the Eco Challenge adventure race, as well as for The Apprentice, The Restaurant, and The Casino. ...

Survivors who were never voted out
Michael Skupin1 | Paschal English2 | Vecepia Towery3 | Brian Heidik3 | Osten Taylor4 | Sandra Diaz-Twine3 | Jenna Morasca3,4 | Chris Daugherty3 | Jonathan Libby5 | Wanda Shirk5 | Bobby Jon Drinkard6 | Janu Tornell4 | Jennifer Lyon6 | Tom Westman3 | Kelly Wiglesworth 7 | Kim Johnson 7 | Neleh Dennis 7 | Clay Jordan 7 | Matthew Von Ertfelda7 | Twila Tanner7 | Katie Gallagher7

1Injured | 2Eliminated based on Luck | 3Won the Game | 4Quit | 5Never Joined Tribe | 6Elimination Challenge | 7Runner-up Survivor is a popular reality television program produced by many countries throughout the world. ... Michael Skupin (born January 29, 1962) was a contestant in Survivor: The Australian Outback who is most remembered for falling in his own fire and having to be evacuated out of the game by helicopter from the Kucha tribe (which as of now is the only time in Survivor history... Paschal English (born March 5, 1945) is a Survivor contestant who played in Survivor: Marquesas and is notable for being the only Survivor to be voted out based on pure luck. ... Vecepia Towery (born December 9, 1965) won $1,000,000 on the Marquesas edition of Survivor, the first black contestant to win a series of the game. ... Brian Heidik (born March 9, 1968) won $1,000,000 on the Thailand edition of Survivor. ... Osten Taylor (born December 10, 1975) was a contestant in the TV series Survivor: Pearl Islands. ... Sandra Diaz-Twine (born July 30, 1974) was the winner (aka the sole survivor) of Survivor: Pearl Islands. ... Jenna Morasca (born February 15, 1981) was a reality TV contestant who was the million-dollar grand prize winner of Survivor: The Amazon. ... Chris Daugherty - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Jonathan Libby (born September 5, 1981) was a player on the televison reality show Survivor who, along with Wanda Shirk, was forced to leave the game in Survivor: Palau on the second day because of a special elimination twist. ... Wanda Shirk (born August 24, 1949) was a player on the televison reality show Survivor who, along with Jonathan Libby, was forced to leave the game in Survivor: Palau on the second day because of a special elimination twist. ... Bobby Jon Drinkard (born May 10, 1977) was a contestant in Survivor: Palau and a former member of the ill-fated Ulong Tribe. ... Janu Tornell of Survivor: Palau Janu Tornell (May 9, 1965- in Las Vegas, Nevada) is an American reality show contestant and former Las Vegas showgirl of Cuban descent. ... Jennifer Jenn Lyon (born on February 27, 1972) is a nanny currently attending California State University, Northridge, who was a contestant on the CBS reality television series Survivor: Palau. ... Tom Westman (born January 4, 1964) is the $1,000,000 winner of the reality show Survivor: Palau. ... Kelly Wiglesworth (born June 24, 1977) was the runner-up on the original American version of the CBS reality series Survivor. ... Kim Johnson (born September 18, 1944) is a retired elementary school teacher from Oyster Bay, New York who was the runner-up on the CBS reality television series Survivor: Africa. ... Clay Jordan was born in Canyon, Texas on December 30, 1955. ... Matthew von Ertfelda was born July 24, 1969 in Hong Kong but later took up residence in Washington, D.C. As the runner-up in the Amazon edition of Survivor (2003), he was one of its most memorable and colorful players. ... Twila Tanner (born October 12, 1962 in Osceola, Iowa) was a player on the reality show Survivor: Vanuatu. ... Katie Gallagher (born May 28, 1975) is an advertising executive in radio sales from Merced, California, who was the runner-up on the CBS reality television series Survivor: Palau. ...


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CBS (336 words)
LAYTON, UT Neleh Dennis was born in Heber City, Utah, and is one of eight siblings (five brothers, Tom, John, Devin, Nathan and Landon, and two sisters, McKenna and Robyn).
Dennis was a member of the Layton High Drill Team, which placed second in a national competition her senior year.
Dennis is currently working on a Bachelor of Science in psychology with an emphasis on child and family studies.
Neleh Dennis (794 words)
Neleh Dennis was born on February 19, 1981, in Heber City, Utah, as one of eight children.
Neleh also works full-time as a make-up artist for Clinique at a Meier and Frank store and is closing in on a degree as a cosmetologist, looking at a career as a make-up artist.
In Layton, Neleh is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and lives with her parents and three of her brothers.
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