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Kelly Goldsmith
S3 Kelly Goldsmith
Contestant Profile
Birth Date April 27, 1979 (1979-04-27) (age 35)
Hometown San Diego, California
Occupation Behavior research analyst

Africa

Tribe(s) Boran
► Samburu
Moto Maji
Placement 9/16
Alliance(s) Boran Alliance
Challenge(s) Won 5
Vote(s) Against 5
Day(s) Lasted 24
Gallery
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Kelly Goldsmith is a contestant from Survivor: Africa.

She is best remembered for being falsely accused by Lex van den Berghe for voting for him at Tribal Council, leading to her getting voted out of the game.

ProfileEdit

Born in San Diego, California, Kelly attended high school at La Jolla Country Day School in California. During those four years, Goldsmith served as class vice president, class president and student body vice president. She was also a varsity cheerleader, class homecoming queen and a National Merit Finalist (having scored 1520 on her SAT).

Graduating in 1997, Goldsmith then attended Duke University where she became a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, serving as social chair and rush chair while working towards her degree in Sociology with a concentration in Marketing and Management.

Graduating from Duke in 2001, Goldsmith worked as a behavioral research analyst while applying to graduate school.  She attended Yale University from 2004 - 2009 where she obtained her M.A., M. Phil and Ph.D. in Marketing.  After graduating, she was hired by the Kellogg School of Management as an Assistant Professor in Marketing.  Since then she has received numerous awards for her research and teaching.

Kelly Goldsmith has one brother, Bryan. Her parents are Lyda and Marshall Goldsmith. 

Her birthday is April 27.

Survivor: AfricaEdit

Kelly started the game with a low profile, being under the radar for most of her time at the Boran tribe. After a shocking tribe switch that sent her to Samburu on Day 13, she started to make her move, starting by finding out who among her new tribemates had previous votes against them. During their first challenge as new tribes, her old Boran comrade Kim Johnson made an "L" hand signal to Kelly, telling her that Lindsey Richter had past votes (in large part to Teresa Cooper and Frank Garrison's continuing vendetta among their former tribemates for mistreating them). Her strategies though were put on hold when Samburu won the Day 15 Immunity Challenge. But after losing the next one, Kelly accidentally overheard Brandon Quinton talking about Lindsey's past votes, thus confirming Kim J.'s information. At Tribal Council, the vote was split along original tribal lines with a 3-3 tie. When the revote did not help, Lindsey's past votes were taken into account, and she was eliminated. They were then merged into the new Moto Maji tribe on Day 20, where Kelly joined the majority to eliminate Clarence Black, where Lex van den Berghe received another vote, making him furious.

Fuming after receiving the "mystery vote," Lex blamed Kelly for the incident, causing the other ex-Borans to turn on her. Not backing down, Kelly allied with the former Samburus to secure herself. But at Tribal Council, Brandon sided with the Borans, giving Boran the numbers once again and sent Kelly to the Jury in a 5-4 vote.

At Final Tribal Council, Kelly thanked Kim Johnson for voting Lex off and asked the finalists to guess a number between one and one thousand. Ethan said 888, while Kim said 3. The number was 568 (since The Graduate is her favorite movie), and as Ethan Zohn got a closer number, she voted for him to win.

Voting HistoryEdit

Kelly's Voting History
Episode Kelly's
Votes
Voted Against
Kelly
1 Diane -
2 Jessie -
3 Boran Tribe Immune
4 Boran Tribe Immune
5 Samburu Tribe Immune
6 Lindsey;
Lindsey
1
-
7 Clarence -
9 Lex Brandon, Ethan,
Kim J., Lex, Tom
Voted Off, Day 24
Voted For
Sole Survivor
Ethan

^1 In I'd Never Do It to You, the vote ended with a 3-3 tie between Lindsey and Tom, forcing a revote. Kelly did not change her vote at the revote.

Post-SurvivorEdit

  • In 2004, Goldsmith was admitted to Yale University for a Ph.D. in behavioral marketing with a focus on how psychology can be utilized to understand anomalies in judgment and decision making. Dr. Goldsmith obtained her Ph.D., M. Phil. and M.A. from Yale University. Her areas of expertise are Consumer Behavior, Consumer Decision-Making and Marketing Research.
  • Graduating in 2009, Dr. Goldsmith started a job as an Assistant Professor in the Marketing Department at the Kellogg School of Management, the university best known for excellence in marketing. She remains at that job to date. Her research has been published in several top academic journals, and has received critical acclaim in the media, receiving mentions in outlets such as TIME magazine[2] and the Today Show. 
  • On January 9, 2010, Kelly attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party.
  • In 2012, Goldsmith was endowed with the Clewett Chair, based on her excellence in both research and teaching. Further, she received the Sidney J. Levy award for excellent teaching in an elective class. In 2013, she was nominated for the L.G. Lavengood Outstanding Professor of the Year award, the highest teaching award that is given at the Kellogg School of Management. She remains among the youngest faculty members to have ever been nominated.
  • In 2014, Goldsmith was recognized as one of the "Top 40 Business School Professors Under 40".[3]  She was also described by CNN and Forbes as one of "8 Young B-School Professors on the Rise".[4]

TriviaEdit

  • Kelly is the daughter of best-selling author and management guru Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, and Dr. Lyda Goldsmith. She has one brother, Bryan, who lives in Austin, Texas, and works in real estate.
  • Kelly was the youngest contestant on Survivor: Africa.
  • Kelly's luxury items were Crochet needles and Yarn.
  • Following the show, Kelly was roommates with fellow Survivor: Africa contestant Kim Powers.
  • Kelly set up Kim Powers on a date with another former contestant (Alex Bell from The Amazon). The two later got married.
  • She was featured in Chicago Magazine in 2010 as one of "Chicago's Hottest Singles".
  • Kim J. is the only woman to ever vote against Kelly.
  • Starting with Kelly, every castaway who was on Samburu at some point was voted out until none were left. This included Lex and Big Tom, who was on Samburu post tribe switch.
  • Kelly and Brandon Quinton are the first contestants to switch sides to the rival tribe. When Lex van den Berghe decided to get rid of her, she voted with the Samburus against him, while Brandon was convinced by Lex to vote with Boran .
  • Kelly is the first contestant to have the same first name as a previous contestant.
  • Kelly is the first woman to be shown first for her tribe in the opening sequence.
  • Kelly is the second contestant who, in their Jury speech, asked the finalists to think of a number, following Greg Buis.
    • Coincidentally, they were both the first member of the jury in their respective seasons.
  • Kelly never pierced any part of her body. This caused a lot of controversy during the Final four Immunity Challenge. The anomaly was the final question (Which female contestant has no piercings?) The official answer, given by Kim Johnson to earn the win, was Kelly Goldsmith. Lex van den Berghe answered the question with Lindsey Richter's name, who, unknown to the producers, also had no piercings.
  • Kelly was invited to return for Survivor: All-Stars and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, but turned down both offers. She was also considered for Survivor: Blood vs. Water, but was unable to find a partner to compete with her.
    • This also makes Goldsmith the only Survivor castaway named Kelly to be invited back/considered for another season.

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