Sandra Diaz-Twine

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Sandra Diaz-Twine
Born(1974-07-30) July 30, 1974 (age 40)
Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
TelevisionSurvivor: Pearl Islands (winner)
Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains (winner)
 
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Sandra Diaz-Twine
Born(1974-07-30) July 30, 1974 (age 40)
Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
TelevisionSurvivor: Pearl Islands (winner)
Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains (winner)

Sandra Diaz-Twine (born July 30, 1974) is an American television personality who became known for her appearances on the reality game show Survivor. She won both seasons she appeared on, Survivor: Pearl Islands and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, making her the show's only two-time winner.[1] She was born in Stamford, Connecticut and currently lives with her husband and two children while working as a secretary for a law firm in Fayetteville, North Carolina.[2][3]

Survivor[edit]

Pearl Islands[edit]

Diaz-Twine seemed like an early target for her lack of physical strength and inability to swim, but her knowledge of the Spanish language and her resourcefulness, which helped their tribe Drake gather much needed resources from local traders at the start of the game, put her in good stead with the majority of her tribe, eventually forming an alliance with Rupert Boneham, Christa Hastie, Trish Dunn, and Johnny Fairplay. Diaz-Twine was the first person to sit out in a challenge and the first to raid on Morgan's camp as part of the reward, where not only did she take their tarp, but sabotaged their shelter. When Drake lost the fourth and fifth immunity challenges, the alliance voted out the minority alliance's Burton Roberts and Michelle Tesauro. When Drake lost the sixth immunity challenge, the originally-targeted Shawn Cohen was saved when Sandra turned the alliance on Trish for instigating an attempted blindside of Rupert.

With the Drake and Morgan tribes even at five apiece, they were shocked when those six previously voted out came back into the game as a third tribe and subsequently won the immunity challenge, enabling two of these "outcasts" to return to the game at the price of two more voted out, one each from Drake and Morgan. In a game-changing move, Diaz-Twine, Rupert and Christa, not knowing whether to send home Shawn (the last minority alliance member left) or Jon (who betrayed them previously together with Trish), asked them to publicly campaign for their spot. The alliance eventually eliminated Shawn, and received Burton as a replacement from the outcasts group.

As the tribes merged into Balboa at 5-5, the Drake tribe, with the help of outcast Burton, was able to sway Morgan outcast Lillian Morris to vote with them, controlling the game and subsequently voting out Morgan leaders Andrew Savage and Ryan Opray. However, the game took a major shift when old Drake members Jon and Burton aligned themselves with Lillian, and recruited the remaining Morgan members Tijuana Bradley and Darrah Johnson. This new alliance successfully targeted Rupert and he was blindsided.

At the final 7, it seemed Diaz-Twine and Christa were doomed by this newly created alliance, but Diaz-Twine swayed Tijuana and Darrah when they spied on Burton and Jon showing them their true intentions (to eliminate the Morgan girls after Diaz-Twine and Christa). However, when Burton and Jon wised up to this impending mutiny, they regained the trust of Diaz-Twine and Christa (with the help of Jon's infamous "dead grandmother" fiasco) to successfully blindside Tijuana. But soon after they were betrayed once again when Burton and Jon switched sides and Christa was voted out next.

At the final 5, Darrah was the next target of Burton and Jon, but Lillian started to have suspicions about her alliance (which would prove true eventually). Burton made a potentially fatal error by inviting Jon on his reward trip, leaving the three women (including an angered Lillian) together back at camp, sparking a last minute scramble to break the bond between the two guys, eventually voting out Burton.

After Diaz-Twine made it to the final 4, she was no longer a target, with Lillian targeting physically strong Darrah and Darrah targeting Lillian, believing that no one could win against her in the final 2. Diaz-Twine and Jon decided to side with Lillian and vote out Darrah, propelling them into the final 3. In the final 3 endurance immunity challenge, Lillian won and chose to eliminate Jon, an error that led to Diaz-Twine's ultimate win.

In the end, after having previously stated that no one could ever win against Lillian because she was too nice, Diaz-Twine annihilated Lillian in the final vote, winning 6-1, to become the Sole Survivor. During her final statements at Tribal Council, Diaz-Twine described her strategy as being the one people would come to if they needed one more vote to oust someone ("anyone, as long as it ain't me"). She gained the votes of Ryan, Rupert, Christa, Burton, Darrah and Jon. Only Tijuana voted for Lillian.

Heroes vs. Villains[edit]

After declining a spot on Survivor: All-Stars due to recovering from parasites and being cut at the last minute for Survivor: Micronesia,[4] Diaz-Twine accepted a spot on Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains. She was one of four previous winners chosen; the other three were Tom Westman of Survivor: Palau, Parvati Shallow of Survivor: Micronesia, and J.T. Thomas of Survivor: Tocantins. Diaz-Twine was placed on the Villains tribe, and in the first episode, when host Jeff Probst asked who believed they were on the wrong tribe, Diaz-Twine was quick to point out that she did not think she should be on the Villains tribe. During the first reward challenge, Diaz-Twine deliberately tore Sugar's top off. This, according to Cirie Fields, solidified why she was chosen as a villain.

In episode 3, when the Villains faced their first tribal council, Diaz-Twine stuck with her old strategy used in the Pearl Islands of "as long as it ain't me". She, along with the rest of the Villains tribe, unanimously voted out Randy Bailey, formerly of Survivor: Gabon. Despite previously appearing to be in a comfortable six person alliance, by Episode 8, Diaz-Twine found herself on the outs on her tribe alongside Courtney Yates. Despite the pair being considered the weakest on the tribe, Diaz-Twine convinced Russell Hantz that Benjamin "Coach" Wade was against him, and the pair survived elimination at tribal council, only to have her only ally, Yates, voted off in the subsequent tribal council.

After the merge, Diaz-Twine pleaded with the Heroes not to trust Hantz. However, they did not listen, and despite several attempts to oust Hantz, Diaz-Twine would remain with the Villains after her plans to help the Heroes failed to materialize. Diaz-Twine would make it to the final three, along with Shallow and Hantz. On May 16, 2010, she received six jury votes to Shallow's three and Hantz's zero to win the game. She became the first and to date only contestant to have won Survivor twice. The $2,000,000 in prize money (combined from both seasons) is the most money ever won by a woman in an American television contest.

Post-show[edit]

In 2013, Diaz-Twine was in the audience of an episode of Dr. Phil to support her friend and fellow Survivor winner, Todd Herzog, who was struggling with alcoholism.[5]

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Preceded by
Jenna Morasca
Winner of Survivor
Survivor: Pearl Islands
Succeeded by
Amber Brkich
Preceded by
Natalie White
Winner of Survivor
Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains
Succeeded by
Jud "Fabio" Birza