Nupur Lala

Nupur Lala, then 14, celebrates after winning the 72nd annual Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in 1999. (credit: MARIO TAMA/AFP/Getty Images)

Spelling Bee Champion Turned Movie Star Proves It’s OK To Be Nerdy

Of the 85 kids who have won the National Spelling Bee, only one became an instant movie star. She’ll always be the 14-year-old girl from Tampa, Fla., with the glasses and dark shoulder-length hair, her arms raised while leaping for joy.