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Jerri Manthey

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Contestant Profile
Birth Date September 5, 1970 (1970-09-05) (age 44)
Hometown Stuttgart, Germany,
Los Angeles, California
Occupation Aspiring actress

The Australian Outback

Tribe(s) Ogakor
Placement 8/16
Alliance(s) Ogakor Alliance
Challenge(s) Won 6
Vote(s) Against 12
Day(s) Lasted 27


Tribe(s) Saboga
► Mogo Mogo
► Chapera
Placement 10/18
Alliance(s) Mogo Mogo Alliance
Challenge(s) Won 4
Vote(s) Against 7
Day(s) Lasted 24

Heroes vs. Villains

Tribe(s) Villains
Yin Yang
Placement 4/20
Alliance(s) Rob's Villains Alliance
Russell's Villains Alliance
Challenge(s) Won 10
Vote(s) Against 9
Day(s) Lasted 38

Jerri Lynn Manthey is a contestant from Survivor: The Australian Outback, Survivor: All-Stars, and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.

Regarded as the series' first "villainess", Jerri was known for her acerbic personality. Despite 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.


The Australian OutbackEdit

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.

Jerri was married to Tony Krebill in 1989, but they divorced.


Since her eighth-place finish on SURVIVOR: THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK, Jerri Manthey continued acting, something she was doing long before appearing on the show. She has established her own company, Velocity Productions, which develops and produces film and television projects, as well as private party events. For the last year, she has also been a part of a sketch comedy group called "Blow Girl!," a subsidiary of The Blow Show in Hollywood. She has also appeared in many television shows, including "The Surreal Life," "Joe Schmo" and "The Other Half." She also recently wrote, produced and starred in a film titled "A Mind of A Woman." In September, 2001, Jerri appeared on the cover of Playboy and was the highest-selling issue of the year. She also conducts speaking engagements and works for a number of charities, including Boarding for Breast Cancer, Camp Kindle (a camp for children afflicted with HIV/AIDS), Angels on the Fairway (for battered women and children) and Last Chance For Animals. 

Jerri enjoys cooking and has worked as a private chef for various high-profile celebrities. She specializes in catering to vegetarians and those with restricted diets. She is currently working on her own cookbook of favorite recipes. She has also begun to take lessons performing the art of spinning fire, a modern interpretation of the ancient Maori tradition, Poi Spinning. She performs at the annual Burning Man, a festival that takes place every year in the vast, barren Black Rock desert of Nevada, as well as various other local events. She also enjoys camping, painting, filmmaking, writing, dancing, skiing, hiking, desert road trips, collecting quotes, entertaining friends and living life to the fullest and lives by her motto: "When it's no longer fun, that's when I'm done!" 

Born at Bad Constatt Hospital in Stuttgart, Germany while her father, Cyril, was serving part of 28 years in the United States Army, she, her mother, Judy, and her three siblings spent the majority of their childhood 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. 

Jerri is currently single. Her birth date is September 5, 1970.

Heroes vs. VillainsEdit

Name (Age): Jerri Manthey (38)
Tribe Designation: Villains
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Current Residence: Los Angeles, California
Personal Claim To Fame: “Turning my acting dreams into reality.”
Inspiration in Life: “My mom.”
Previous Finishes: The Australian Outback: 9th out, 2nd jury member; All-Stars: 9th out.
Favorite Past Moment: “Fishing with Mitchell and Amber.”
Previous Survivor She Respects Most: Ethan Zohn (Africa, All-Stars)
Previous Survivor She Respects Least: Shii Ann Huang (Thaliand, All-Stars)
Why Did She Come Back?: “To prove to myself that Survivor couldn't beat ME.....after what happened in the All-Stars, I felt broken, and I had to prove to myself that I was still stronger than the game!!!"

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.

–Jerri Manthey

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.

–Keith Famie

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.

Voting HistoryEdit

Jerri's Voting History
Episode Jerri's
Voted Against
1 Ogakor Tribe Immune
2 Kel Kel
3 Maralyn Maralyn
4 Keith;
5 Ogakor Tribe Immune
6 No Tribal Council
7 Jeff;
8 Alicia Alicia, Elisabeth,
Nick, Rodger
10 Elisabeth Colby, Elisabeth, Keith,
Nick, Rodger, Tina
Voted Off, Day 27
Voted for
Sole Survivor

^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 Colby and Jeff, 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 were requested 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 Challenge on Day 11. The victory was short-lived, when Saboga lost the following special challenge, where Saboga would be dissolved, while its remaining members will be distributed to the other two tribes. Jerri, along with Ethan, went to Mogo Mogo, where she was reunited 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 tribe mate 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 places 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 in Rob and the former Chapera members plans 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.

Voting HistoryEdit

Jerri's Voting History
Episode Jerri's
Voted Against
1 Tina -
2 Rudy -
3 No Tribal Council
4 Saboga Tribe Immune
5 Richard -
6 No Tribal Council
7 Colby Colby, Ethan
8 Ethan Ethan
10 Amber Amber, Kathy,
Lex, Shii Ann
Voted Off, Day 24

Survivor: Heroes vs. VillainsEdit

Statistics of Jerri Manthey
Seasons competed 3
Total number of days 89
Challenge Wins
Tribal wins 16
Individual wins 4
Total 20
Tribal Council
Total votes received 28
Exile Island
Times exiled N/A
Redemption Island
Days spent at Redemption Island N/A
Duels won N/A
I've been labled things like, she-devil in a blue bikini, the Wicked Witch of the West, man-eater Manthey, that was my favorite one!

–Jerri (on her backlash from Survivor: The Australian Outback and Survivor: All-Stars)

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.

Voting HistoryEdit

Jerri's Voting History
Episode Jerri's
Voted Against
1 Villains Tribe Immune
2 Villains Tribe Immune
3 Randy -
4 Villains Tribe Immune
5 Villains Tribe Immune
6 Parvati1 -
7 Rob -
8 Courtney -
9 Courtney Courtney
10 J.T. Amanda, Candice,
Colby, J.T., Rupert
11 Amanda Individual Immunity
12 Candice -
Danielle -
13 Rupert -
14 Colby -
Parvati Parvati, Russell,
Voted Off, Day 38
Voted for
Sole Survivor

^1 In Banana Etiquette, Parvati used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Jerri's vote against her.
^2 In Going Down in Flames, Parvati used a Hidden Immunity Idol on Jerri, negating 5 votes against her.



Jerri on the cover of "Playboy".

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. Jerri played on the game show Russian Roulette for charity, she made it to final round[1] but dropped anyway. She also appeared in the music video for "Faith Hill"'s version of Piece Of My Heart.[2] She also is currently an official cast member on TMI, a weekly sketch comedy show.

On January 9, 2010, Jerri attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party along with all of her Heroes vs. Villains cast mates.

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.

In July 14, 2012, Jerri got married at Alabama Hills, California. The wedding was officiated by her Survivor: All-Stars tribemate Lex van den Berghe.[3]

Jerri currently hosts for the Survivor After Show on She also designs handcrafted antique jewelry made from flatware from the 1900's.[4]


  • Jeff Probst noted that in her performance in Heroes vs. Villains "everything came together." Jerri was 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 held the female record as well, until Laura Morett broke her record, also with 29.
  • Jerri is the only castaway in Heroes vs. Villains to finish in a better position than any of her other seasons.
  • Every time Jerri participated in the Blind Leading the Blind challenge, she was the caller.
  • Jerri is one of two players (along with Rupert Boneham) to compete three or more times and never participate in a Survivor Auction.
    • Ironically, Jerri missed the auction in Australian Outback by one episode.
  • 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 Australian Outback, 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 was the only person in the final five of Heroes vs. Villains to never be a Finalist prior to said season.
  • Jerri became the sixteenth 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, Gregg Carey, 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
      • However, in Heroes vs. Villains, she played a Hidden Immunity Idol making Colby's vote against her not count.
  • Jerri is the first female to be voted off twice and first female to have her torch snuffed twice.
  • Jerri is one of four people to compete in both All-Stars and Heroes vs. Villains. The others are Colby Donaldson, Rob Mariano, and Rupert Boneham.
    • She is the only female to compete in both seasons.
  • Jerri is the first castaway to win their first Individual Immunity Challenge on their third season.
  • In an episode of Life at Ponderosa of Heroes vs. Villains, Jerri revealed to be a highly-capable fire dancer.
  • Jerri was invited back for Survivor: Blood vs. Water, but her sister Jenny was pregnant and her father Cyril couldn't play because of his job.
  • She is the only contestant to be affiliated with 3 different tribes in one season and not make the merge.
  • Jerri had the lowest average ranking out of any returning contestant in Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains with 9th place. (8th in Australia, 10th in All Stars).
  • Jerri's one of the few contestants to play in seasons with 16, 18, and 20 contestants.
    • The others are Colby, Tina, Boston Rob, Rupert and Coach.
  • In her appearances on Survivor: The Australian Outback and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, Jerri wore a black hat. In her appearance on Survivor: All-Stars, she wore a white hat.
  • In the three times they played together, Survivor: All-Stars is the only time where Jerri is ahead of Colby Donaldson in the opening credits.


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