Sandra Diaz-Twine life and biography

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Sandra Diaz-Twine biography

Date of birth : 1974-07-30
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Stamford, Connecticut
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2010-05-17
Credited as : Survivor winner, Survivor: Pearl Islands, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains

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Sandra Diaz-Twine (born July 30, 1974 in Stamford, Connecticut) is the $1,000,000 winner of the seventh season of Survivor, Survivor: Pearl Islands and the winner of the twentieth season in Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains; she is the show's first and only two-time winner.
She currently lives with her husband and two children while working as a bank teller in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Survivor: Pearl Islands

Diaz-Twine seemed like an early target for her lack of physical strength and inability to swim, but her knowledge of the 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 Jon Dalton, a.k.a Jonny 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.

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 stating 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.

Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains

After declining a spot on Survivor: All-Stars due to recovering from parasites and also being cut at the last minute for Survivor: Micronesia, 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, along with fellow winner Parvati, was placed on the Villains tribe. In episode 1, when host Jeff Probst asked who believed they were on the wrong tribe, Diaz-Twine was quick to point out that she didn't think she should be on the Villains tribe. During the first reward challenge, Diaz-Twine tore off the top of Jessica "Sugar" Kiper, thus solidifying why she was chosen as a villain, as stated by Cirie Fields in a confessional. 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 her only remaining ally Courtney Yates. Despite the pair being considered the weakest on the tribe, Diaz-Twine convinced Russell Hantz that "Coach" Wade was against him, and the pair survived elimination at tribal council, only to have Courtney voted off next.

On May 16th, 2010, Sandra Diaz-Twine was announced as the winner of Survivor: Heroes vs. Villians, thus earning her a second $1,000,000 prize. To date, she is the only person to win the game of Survivor more than once.

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