|Birth Date||September 5, 1970|
|Hometown|| Stuttgart, Germany,|
Los Angeles, California
|Tribe(s)|| ██ Ogakor |
|Tribe(s)|| ██ Saboga |
► Mogo Mogo
|Alliance(s)||Mogo Mogo Alliance|
|Tribe(s)|| ██ Villains |
██ Yin Yang
|Alliance(s)|| Rob's Villains Alliance |
Russell's Villains Alliance
Regarded as the series' first "villainess", Jerri was known for her acerbic personality. Although a less than amicable performance in her second outings during All-Stars, her actions during Heroes vs. Villains made her a more likeable contestant and became pivotal in the success of her alliances.
Jerri Manthey has been living in Los Angeles, California, for the last six years, pursuing her acting career while bartending to help pay the bills. She credits her acting coach, Manu Tupou, with whom she has been studying with for four years, for pushing her beyond her own limitations and encouraging her to write and direct, as well. Her biggest accomplishment was a play that she and her best friend wrote, directed and produced, titled Beautiful Chaos, for the Hudson Theater in Los Angeles. Additionally, she has had roles in various independent films, commercials, and feature films, including the telefilm That Championship Season.
As Manthey puts it, she grew up an "army brat"; her father served 28 years in the United States Army, having retired in 1997. Due to the military way of life, she moved every three to four years of her childhood, spending a total of 12 years on various Army bases in Germany. Graduating from high school in 1988 in Neu Ulm, she then attended the University of Maryland in Munich, Germany.
Manthey describes herself as adventurous, fun loving, spontaneous, honest, and kind. Her favorite hobbies include photography, cooking, painting, writing, reading, and her all-time favorite, camping. She enjoys hiking and/or backpacking to very remote, unknown places in order to escape the craziness of Los Angeles. Her favorite event is Burning Man, a festival that takes place every year in the vast, barren Black Rock desert of Nevada. She has gone for the last two years and says she will go every year for as long as she lives or until the event no longer takes place. At Burning Man 2000, she and a group of friends from all over California organized a theme camp and stayed for 12 days. They built their own shelter and brought all the supplies necessary to survive in the harsh environment and extreme weather. Manthey named their temporary residence "Camp Chaos" and adopted the slogan "The Ultimate Order Lies in Chaos," a motto she believes applies directly to her life.
A perfect day for Manthey always begins with a cup of coffee! Then, a hike in one of the various canyons of Los Angeles, playing with her dog Gidget and her cat Kiya, writing in her journal, surfing the net, e-mailing, watching a good movie, spending time with a close friend over dinner, and curling up with a good book. Her favorite movies are The Big Lebowski and Search for the Holy Grail. Her favorite TV shows are The Sopranos and Sex and the City. She enjoys all types of music-depending on her mood- ranging from Al Green and Barry White to Creed and Tonic. When she's ready to dance, she enjoys funky, soulful, house music.
Manthey was born in Bad Konstatt Hospital on the Army base in Stuttgart, Germany. She is proud to report that her mother and father—both from South Dakota—are still together and happily married. She has two brothers and one sister. Her birth date is September 5, 1970.
Survivor: The Australian OutbackEdit
Jerri proved to be a strategic player from Day 1, where she revealed in a confessional she was viewing everything that her tribemates did as a 'strategic' move as they started building their shelter. Early on she got into conflict with Keith Famie over disagreements of how to build their shelter and over cooking duties.
|“||Keith and I didn't start off on a very good foot because of some of the condescending remarks he made to me. He might not very well be aware that he does it, but I'm not the kind of person that lets it slide off my back.||”|
She continued to butt heads with Keith on the second day, when she insisted they move their fire pit to where they wanted to keep it before they actually started the fire. On Day 5, Jerri took over cooking after the tribe complained about Keith's undercooked rice (with Jerri even sarcastically commenting that he is "a chef doesn't know how to cook rice"). As a solution, Jerri made use of the flour they had to make tortillas, with the tribe ending up satisfied. Despite Keith complimenting her cooking, the tension between the two was as strong as ever.
In an infamous Survivor moment, Jerri accused Kel of eating beef jerky without the consent of the tribe. This angered his tribemates who were starving. Jerri, Amber and Tina looked through his bag to see if there was any beef jerky, but there was none. Kel overheard the conversation and confronted the tribe, who all believed he had been eating beef jerky. After Ogakor lost the second Immunity Challenge, Jerri came up as a target because of her rough personality and her general unpleasantness. She herself was seeking to vote off Kel because she considered him a liar and a cheater. Her arguments won over her tribemates, and the tribe eliminated Kel unanimously.
She confessed that she was attracted to tribemate Colby Donaldson, and tried ways to lure him to potentially make an alliance. Much to her efforts, Colby seemed unaffected.
|“||Oh, I think Jerri is legitimately attracted to Colby, but I'm sure that strategic play is involved. There's no question.||”|
After the merge, she and the rest of the remaining Ogakors stayed strong during the first two Tribal Councils, eliminating two of their former Kucha opponents. But Tina Wesson, Keith Famie, and Colby felt that they can now afford losing one of their won since they still have the majority, and with the help of the three remaining Kucha members, Manthey was their first victim. As a juror, she cast her vote for eventual winner Tina Wesson.
|Jerri's Voting History|
| Voted Against|
|1||Ogakor Tribe Immune|
|5||Ogakor Tribe Immune|
|6||No Tribal Council|
|8||Alicia|| Alicia, Elisabeth, |
|10||Elisabeth|| Colby, Elisabeth, Keith,|
Nick, Rodger, Tina
|Voted Off, Day 27|
| Voted for|
^1 In The Killing Fields, the vote ended with a 3-3 tie between Keith and Mitchell, forcing a revote. Jerri did not change her vote at the revote.
^2 In The Merge, the vote ended with a 5-5 tie between Jeff and Colby, forcing a revote. Jerri did not change her vote at the revote.
Survivor: All StarsEdit
Manthey's iconic showing in Australia earned her a spot in Survivor: All-Stars, where she was placed in the Saboga tribe.
Despite her resolve to not be overly-opinionated, she and Rupert Boneham argued over conflicting plans for a Reward Challenge, where they are to create the best tribe shelter. After the argument, the tribe decided to follow Rupert's plan, digging an underground log cabin. Not only did they lose the challenge, they found their shelter ineffective during a storm, with the log cabin completely filled with water, leaving Saboga unprotected from the harsh weather, making Jerri very emotional. Despite her tribe's misfortunes, Jerri rallied Saboga to win their first immunity. The victory was short-lived, when Saboga lost the following [special] challenge, where Saboga will be dissolved, while its remaining members will be distributed to the other two tribes. Jerri, along with Ethan, went to Mogo Mogo, reuniting with Colby.
After helping the tribe voting out Richard Hatch, Jerri decided to seek revenge for Colby's perceived mistreatment of her back in Australia. With Colby gone, Jerri helped the tribe eliminate his closest ally Ethan (the last former winner and Jerri's tribemate from Saboga), making him the next to go.
On day 22, the tribes anticipated a merge, only to reveal a tribe shuffle. Remarkably, the random shuffle resulted in every member of Mogo Mogo trading with a member of Chapera, leaving Amber as the only remaining Chapera member on a tribe with Kathy, Manthey, Lex van den Berghe, and Shii Ann Huang. Jerri was delighted to be with her "Outback Sister."
After Chapera lost the next Immunity Challenge, Boston Rob (Amber's closest ally) felt distraught at the prospect of Amber being sent home - and immediately made a hasty protection deal with Lex after the challenge. Lex was forced to weigh his options: either throwing a wrench at Rob and the former Chapera members in the event of a merge, or cutting loose his loyal ally Jerri. Eventually, with Kathy's help, Lex decided to boot Jerri, who was voted out unanimously.
|Jerri's Voting History|
| Voted Against|
|3||No Tribal Council|
|4||Saboga Tribe Immune|
|6||No Tribal Council|
Lex, Shii Ann
|Voted Off, Day 24|
Survivor: Heroes vs. VillainsEdit
|Statistics of Jerri Manthey|
|Total number of days||89|
|Total votes received||28|
|Days spent at Redemption Island||N/A|
Jerri's notoriety earned her a spot on the Villains tribe. Jerri initially had a special friendship with fellow Villain Coach Wade, with their tribemates often teasing them about the "Dragon Slayer" and the "Black Widow" being lovers. At first, Jerri was aligned with Boston Rob, Coach, Courtney, Tyson, and Sandra, and played a part in the split vote on day 15, but eventually she became a focal point to Russell Hantz's rise to power over the Villains tribe by helping his alliance (comprising of outsiders Parvati Shallow, whom Jerri heavily disliked, and Danielle DiLorenzo) to vote off Russell's archenemy Rob Mariano.
At the first post-merge vote, the Heroes and Villains were tied at 5-5. Parvati, who had two hidden immunity idols (she found one and was given another one from Russell, who got it from J.T in the Heroes' camp), used an idol on Sandra, and in order to "sweeten their odds", gave one to Jerri as well. All the Heroes voted for Jerri but because of the hidden immunity idol, all votes cast against her were negated. This eventually became the subsequent downfall of the Heroes. She eventually won one Reward Challenge and one Immunity Challenge (much to her delight, for it was her first). When Russell wanted to get rid of Danielle for being too close to Parvati on Day 33, Jerri once again became a pivotal swing vote and played a part in Danielle's elimination. Russell feared that Jerri might win because of her popularity (and stipulated that the final four was also comprised of Shallow and Sandra Diaz-Twine, both of whom are former winners). Russell also deemed that even if he voted her out, she would still vote for him at the Final Tribal Council. This theory seemed to be correct during Jerri's post elimination confession but soon turned turned out to be wrong when Parvati revealed Russell's true reason for voting out Jerri, who was appalled by this thought and his behavior towards the jurors at final tribal council. She cast her vote for Parvati, who lost to Sandra, who became the only two-time winner in Survivor history.
|Jerri's Voting History|
| Voted Against|
|1||Villains Tribe Immune|
|2||Villains Tribe Immune|
|4||Villains Tribe Immune|
|5||Villains Tribe Immune|
Colby, J.T., Rupert
|Voted Off, Day 38|
| Voted for|
Following her appearance on Survivor, Manthey appeared on The Young and the Restless. Manthey posed nude in the September 2001 issue of Playboy. She also appeared in the movies Destiny (2002) and Komodo vs. Cobra (2005). She worked as a sideline reporter on the TV series Extreme Dodgeball during its first season, but did not return for the second or third season. She also appeared in the music video for "Faith Hill"'s version of Piece Of My Heart.
On March 3, 2010, while Heroes vs. Villains was still being aired, Manthey was purged from a US Airways flight in Charlotte, North Carolina after a disagreement with the flight crew. She posted an open letter to US Airways management on her Facebook page sharing the details of her experience.
Heroes vs. VillainsEdit
- Jeff Probst noted that in her performance in Heroes vs. Villains "everything came together." Jerri felt delighted to learn that she became much more likable after her third season.
- Jerri held the record of having the most cumulative votes against a castaway over multiple seasons (including votes voided by the Hidden Immunity Idol) with 28, until Jonathan Penner broke her record with 29.
- Jerri still has the highest amount of cumulative votes for a female player.
- Jerri is the only castaway in Heroes vs. Villains to finish in a better position than any of her other seasons.
- Jerri is one of two players (along with Rupert Boneham) to compete three times and never participate in a Survivor Auction.
- Jerri was nominated in Survivor: America's Tribal Council in the "Hottest Female" category but lost to Amber Mariano. She was also nominated for "Best Villain" but lost to Jonny Fairplay.
- Jerri's luxury item in Australia was a Bongo.
- In Survivor: Australia Jerri broke Jenna Lewis' "record" of 11 votes in a single season by receiving 12. Clarence Black tied this record one season later. This "achievement" stood until Survivor: Vanuatu, when it was broken by Rory Freeman.
- Jerri is the 2nd person to be the 17th voted out, after Sundra Oakley.
- Jerri was the only person in the final five of Heroes vs. Villains to never have made the Final Two or Final Three prior to said season.
- Jerri became the fifteenth contestant to win the loved ones challenge, following Greg Buis, Tina Wesson, Lex van den Berghe, Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien, Helen Glover, Matthew von Ertfelda, Jon Dalton, Tom Buchanan, Eliza Orlins, Terry Deitz, Parvati Shallow, Denise Martin, Alexis Jones, and Bob Crowley.
- During Survivor: The Australian Outback, the only two members of Ogakor to not vote against her were Amber Brkich and Mitchell Olson.
- Jerri has played all three seasons with rival and friend Colby Donaldson.
- Two of the three times, she made it further than Colby; however, Colby has played more days overall.
- Jerri received a vote from Colby in all three seasons.
|Survivor: The Australian Outback Contestants|
Alicia Calaway · Amber Brkich · Colby Donaldson · Debb Eaton · Elisabeth Filarski · Jeff Varner · Jerri Manthey · Keith Famie · Kel Gleason · Kimmi Kappenberg · Maralyn Hershey · Michael Skupin · Mitchell Olson · Nick Brown · Rodger Bingham · Tina Wesson
|Survivor: All-Stars Contestants|
Alicia Calaway · Amber Brkich · Colby Donaldson · Ethan Zohn · Jenna Lewis · Jenna Morasca · Jerri Manthey · Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien · Lex van den Berghe · Richard Hatch · Rob Cesternino · Rob Mariano · Rudy Boesch · Rupert Boneham · Shii Ann Huang · Susan Hawk · Tina Wesson · Tom Buchanan
|Survivor: Heroes vs Villains Contestants|
Amanda Kimmel · Candice Woodcock · Cirie Fields · Coach Wade · Colby Donaldson · Courtney Yates · Danielle DiLorenzo · J.T. Thomas · James Clement · Jerri Manthey · Parvati Shallow · Randy Bailey · Rob Mariano · Rupert Boneham · Russell Hantz · Sandra Diaz-Twine · Stephenie LaGrossa · Sugar Kiper · Tom Westman · Tyson Apostol