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Amber Brkich

S8 Amber Brkich

S2 Amber Brkich

Contestant Profile
Born: August 11, 1978 (1978-08-11) (age 38)
Hometown: Beaver, Pennsylvania;
Pensacola, Florida;
Las Vegas, Nevada
Occupation: Administrative Assistant
Survivor Career
Version: United States
The Australian Outback
Tribe(s): Ogakor
Barramundi
Finish: 6/16
Alliance(s): Ogakor Alliance
Challenge Wins: 4
Votes Against: 6
Days Lasted: 33
All-Stars
Tribe(s): Chapera Chaboga Mogo
Finish: Winner
Alliance(s): Chapera Alliance
Challenge Wins: 11
Votes Against: 6
Days Lasted: 39
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Amber Joy Mariano (née Brkich) is the Sole Survivor of Survivor: All-Stars. She originally competed on Survivor: The Australian Outback.

Although not known as an influential personality in The Australian Outback, Amber returned for All-Stars and quickly aligned with Rob Mariano where Rob brought her to the final two, with Amber defeating Rob by a 4-3 vote. Their relationship continued after the show and they ended up getting engaged at the live Reunion Show when Rob proposed before the votes were read. Their relationship transcended to marriage.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com

Amber Brkich is from Beaver, Pennsylvania and is a recent graduate from Westminster College, where she earned a B.A. degree in Public Relations, minoring in Speech Communications. Prior to departing for Australia, while Brkich searched for her "career job," she was an administrative assistant and lived with her parents. Her previous occupations while attending school included waitress, librarian assistant, swimming instructor, lifeguard and babysitter for her professor.

Brkich's favorite hobbies are going out with her friends, dancing and just generally having fun. She's a member of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, where she was Vice President and New Member Coordinator. Brkich also belongs to the Catholic Church. Her primary reasons for trying out for Survivor: The Australian Outback include lack of change, excitement, and kangaroos in her life, although the million dollars wouldn't hurt either!

Her birth date is August 11, 1978.[1]

Since finishing sixth on SURVIVOR: THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK, Amber Brkich has enjoyed doing dozens of appearances across the country and has taken part in various charity functions. Immediately following the show, Amber appeared on the cover of Stuff Magazine. For a short time, she also worked as the host of an adventure travel game on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. More recently, Amber has appeared in various commercials for Adelphia Cable, Rite Aid drugstores, and Mountaineer Racetrack in West Virginia. In her free time, she enjoys babysitting her niece, Emma, and going out with her friends.

Amber remains a resident of her hometown, Beaver, Pennsylvania (a suburb just north of Pittsburgh). She is a graduate of Westminster College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in public relations, with a minor in speech communications, in 2000. She is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta Alumni having served as vice president and new member coordinator while still in school.

Amber is currently single. Her birth date is August 11, 1978.[2]

Survivor

The Australian Outback

Amber was a participant in the second season of Survivor, having auditioned for the season to put off getting a job after college. She was a member of the green Ogakor tribe. She was quick to fortify a strong friendship with fellow contestant Jerri Manthey, who helped construct an alliance with Colby Donaldson and Mitchell Olson. Ogakor seemed to be the weaker of the two tribes, losing three consecutive Immunity Challenges. Before Ogakor's first Tribal Council, Amber's ally, Jerri, accused fellow tribe mate Kel Gleason of smuggling beef jerky into the game. Amber helped the tribe search Kel's bag when he was away but they failed to find anything. Amber voted for Kel at Tribal Council because she considered him to be the least trustworthy member of the tribe.

After losing the next challenge Amber targeted Maralyn Hershey because of her weakness at the Immunity Challenge. At Tribal Council Maralyn was voted off. At Ogakor's next Tribal Council Amber thought her four-person alliance was going to eliminate the tribal annoyance Keith Famie. She was surprised to learn that her ally Colby had flipped on her alliance, thus causing a tiebreaker between Mitchell and Keith. Amber's ally, Mitchell was eliminated by the tiebreaker. Ogakor went on to win all the following Immunity Challenge's, keeping Amber safe until the merge.

Upon the merge, Ogakor managed to use the knowledge that one of Kucha's members, Jeff Varner, had received votes beforehand, and eliminated him through a tiebreaker, thus gaining a numeric advantage over the Kucha tribe. The ex-Ogakor members stuck together in eliminating Alicia Calaway, but the ex-Kucha tribe then convinced Keith, Colby and Tina Wesson to turn on their alliance and vote out Amber's closest ally, Jerri. After Jerri's elimination, the Ogakor Alliance once again came together to oust Nick Brown. In No Longer Just a Game Amber felt secure in her alliance and thought they were going to vote out Rodger Bingham. Unfortunately for Amber the remaining Kucha members once again convinced Tina and Keith to turn on their alliance. At Tribal Council, Amber was voted out for playing an "under-the-radar game", and was a threat to win the show, ultimately landing in sixth place. Colby was the only one to not vote against her.

At Final Tribal Council, as a member of the jury, Amber cast her vote for Colby, who failed to win the million dollars. Colby ended up losing to Tina Wesson.

Voting History

Amber's Voting History
Episode Amber's
Votes
Voted Against
Amber
1 Ogakor Tribe Immune
2 Kel -
3 Maralyn -
4 Keith;
Keith
1
-
5 Ogakor Tribe Immune
6 No Tribal Council
7 Jeff;
Jeff
2
-
8 Alicia -
10 Elisabeth -
11 Nick Elisabeth, Rodger
12 Rodger Elisabeth, Keith,
Rodger, Tina
Voted Off, Day 33
Voted for
Sole Survivor
Colby

^1 In The Killing Fields, the vote ended with a 3-3 tie between Keith and Mitchell, forcing a revote. Amber did not change her vote on the revote.
^2 In The Merge, the vote ended with a 5-5 tie between Colby and Jeff, forcing a revote. Amber did not change her vote on the revote.

All-Stars

As one of the quieter personalities of Survivor: The Australian Outback, Amber's inclusion in the All-Stars installment of Survivor came as a surprise to most fans. She was a member of the red Chapera tribe, a boisterous group including Rob "Boston Rob" Mariano, Sue Hawk, and fellow Survivor: The Australian Outback alumna Alicia Calaway.

In the season's premiere episode, Rob and Amber agreed to form an alliance, with Rob citing his reasoning as:

She's beautiful; any idiot can see that.

–Rob



As part of the most dominant tribe in Survivor: All-Stars, Amber enjoyed a healthy winning streak, until Day 12, where they suffered their first loss in an Immunity Challenge. Boston Rob and Amber's relationship was a matter of discussion at the Tribal Council, but Amber claimed to have come to play Survivor, not a dating game. Ultimately, the tribe decided to remove Rob Cesternino, who was perceived as the biggest strategic threat.

The following day, in a twist that "dissolved" the yellow Saboga tribe, two of its four remaining members, Jenna Lewis and Rupert Boneham, joined Chapera. Rob and Amber quickly fortified a long-term alliance with the tribe's two new members, one of the pair's many "agreements." The Chapera tribe then enjoyed a lengthy winning streak, winning immunity the next three times. The group did lose one member, however, when Sue Hawk opted to leave the game due to an indecent encounter with Richard Hatch.

In the season's ninth episode, a tribal shuffle managed to merely make each contestant switch buffs, with the exception of Amber, who remained on the Chapera tribe with Lex van den Berghe, Shii Ann Huang, Jerri Manthey, and Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien. The tribe went on to lose the next challenge and, in one of the season's more famous moments, Rob said to Lex, "You take care of her, I'll take care of you." In perhaps an ironic twist of fate, it came down to Amber and her former Outback ally Jerri at that night's Tribal Council. Jerri was eliminated, with Lex staying true to his deal with Rob, and Amber was spared.

In the following episode, the merge occurred, and Lex was chosen to be eliminated, despite Rob's promise to "take care of him." In the episodes following, Rob and Amber managed to maintain several "alliances," including their agreement with Rupert and Jenna, an agreement with Tom Buchanan, and an agreement with Alicia Calaway. With all these castaways believing themselves to be safe, Rob and Amber proceeded through the game, eventually finding themselves in the final four with Jenna and Rupert.

In the final four, Amber won her first individual Immunity Challenge, and she and Rob convinced Jenna to vote out her ally Rupert instead of forcing a tie. In the final three, Rob won immunity and chose Amber to continue with him to the final two. Facing the jury, Rob and Amber met much criticism for their gameplay.

In the season finale several months later, Rob and Amber revealed they were still dating, Amber even wore a yellow "I Love Rob" shirt (and was booed by the audience in the process) at the finale/reunion. Just before the votes were read, Rob surprisingly proposed to Amber and she accepted. It was revealed that, in a 4-3 decision, Amber was the Sole Survivor.

At the Survivor: America's Tribal Council special, Amber was one of ten females from the first eight seasons to be in the "Hottest Survivor Woman" category. Amber ended up winning.

Voting History

Amber's Voting History
Episode Amber's
Votes
Voted Against
Amber
1 Chapera Tribe Immune
2 Chapera Tribe Immune
3 No Tribal Council
4 Rob C. -
5 Chapera Tribe Immune
6 No Tribal Council
7 Chapera Tribe Immune
8 Chapera Tribe Immune
10 Jerri Jerri
11 Lex Kathy, Lex
12 Kathy Kathy, Shii Ann
13 Alicia -
14 Shii Ann Shii Ann
15 Tom -
16 Rupert Immune
Ineligible -
Jury Votes
for Amber
Alicia, Lex,
Shii Ann, Tom
Sole Survivor, Day 39

Post-Survivor

  • In May 2001, Amber along with the other castaways of The Australian Outback appeared as panelists on Hollywood Squares for Survivor Week. Amber appeared on two episodes, first episode being paired with Jerri[3] and second episode as an individual panelist.[4]
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Rob and Amber's promotional photo for The Amazing Race 7.

  • As an engaged couple in 2004, Brkich and Mariano participated in the seventh season of The Amazing Race. At one point in southern Africa, Mariano and Brkich saw their own photo on a magazine cover. They were also recognized in countries all over the world and assisted by locals who recognized them. Although Rob and Amber won four separate legs (the 2nd, 4th, 7th and 10th legs), the couple finished in second place behind the winners Uchenna and Joyce Agu.
  • Amber lived in her hometown, Beaver, Pennsylvania (a suburb 40 miles northwest of Pittsburgh), until her marriage to Rob. The couple then moved to Pensacola, Florida.
  • In 2006, they also took up residence in Las Vegas, Nevada to support Rob's poker career.[5]
  • In summer of 2009, Amber, along with the other first eighteen Survivor winners, appeared on a TVGuide special "Survivor Millionaires: Where Are They Now?"[6]

Marriage to Rob Mariano

RobAmberAmazingRaceAllStars

Rob and Amber's promotional photo for The Amazing Race: All-Stars.

  • Amber and Rob married on April 16, 2005 in Paradise Island, The Bahamas.[7] They currently have four daughters: Lucia Rose (born July 4, 2009[8]), Carina Rose (born December 10, 2010[9]), Isabetta Rose born (born May 5, 2012[10]) and Adelina Rose (born June 20, 2014[11]).
  • In 2007, Rob and Amber competed on the first All-Stars season of The Amazing Race as newlyweds. After winning first place for the first three legs, they came in last and were eliminated in the season's fourth episode, finishing the race at the 8th place.
  • Rob and Amber filmed a 10-episode show for the Fox Reality Channel, Rob and Amber: Against the Odds[12] in 2006, which aired in 2007. Set in Las Vegas, the show follows Rob's attempt to become a professional poker player and features professional player Daniel Negreanu tutoring Rob.

Trivia

Statistics of Amber Brkich
Longevity
Seasons competed: 2
Days lasted: 72
Challenge Wins
Tribal wins: 14
Individual wins: 1
Total wins: 15
Tribal Council
Total votes received: 12
Exile Island
Times exiled: N/A
Redemption Island
Duels won: N/A
Days spent on Redemption Island: N/A

References

Preceded by
Pearl Islands
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Sandra Diaz-Twine
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All-Stars
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Amber Brkich
Succeeded by
Vanuatu
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Chris Daugherty

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