Sandra Diaz-Twine

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Contestant Profile
Born: July 30, 1974 (1974-07-30) (age 43)
Hometown: Fort Lewis, Washington;
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Occupation: Office Assistant
Survivor Career
Version: United States
Pearl Islands
Tribe(s): Drake
Finish: Winner
Alliance(s): Drake Alliance
Challenge Wins: 7
Votes Against: 0
Days Lasted: 39
Heroes vs. Villains
Tribe(s): Villains
Yin Yang
Finish: Winner
Alliance(s): Rob's Villains Alliance
Russell's Villains Alliance (affiliated)
Challenge Wins: 8
Votes Against: 3
Days Lasted: 39
Game Changers
Tribe(s): Mana
► Nuku
Finish: 15/20
Challenge Wins: 3
Votes Against: 5
Days Lasted: 16

Sandra Diaz-Twine is the Sole Survivor of Survivor: Pearl Islands and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, and the only two-time winner in Survivor (U.S.) history. She also competed on Survivor: Game Changers.

In Pearl Islands, after controlling the Drake tribe along with allies Rupert Boneham and Christa Hastie, Sandra made it to the merge where her alliance was eventually overthrown. However, she was then able to maneuver herself through the game between the alliances to eventually make it to the end and win in a 6-1 vote.

Sandra later returned for Heroes vs. Villains as a member of the Villains tribe. Being practically invisible early on, Sandra's alliance was overthrown by Russell Hantz. Despite this, Sandra again proceeded to demonstrate her adaptability in the face of long odds and was able to manipulate and deceive the majority alliance into blindsiding Coach Wade in order to save her closest ally, Courtney Yates. Sandra made it to the merge despite Courtney's eventual elimination but was rebuffed in her efforts to work in concert with the Heroes' alliance. After finding a Hidden Immunity Idol and being viewed as no threat at all, Sandra made it to the end. Through her previous social relationships and the Heroes' overall disdain for fellow finalists Hantz and Parvati Shallow, Sandra won the title of Sole Survivor in a 6-3-0 vote and became the series' first two-time winner.

Her undefeated record caused Sandra to begin Game Changers with a huge target on her back. Even so, her charisma allowed her to emerge victorious from a power struggle against another high-profile threat in previous winner Tony Vlachos. After a Tribe Switch, she remained in power. She successfully took out previous winner J.T. Thomas. However, a second tribe switch cost her control of the game, and she was hastily eliminated by a majority alliance led by Zeke Smith and Andrea Boehlke. This marked the first time in 94 total days of Survivor competition that Sandra was voted out. A master of low-profile, socially-savvy, self-preserving gameplay, she is widely considered one of the legends of the game.


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Born in Stamford, Connecticut, Sandra Diaz-Twine currently lives in Ft. Lewis, Washington with her husband, Marcus, and their two children, Tatiana, 8, and Alanna, 6. She is employed as a senior office associate with the Army and Air force Exchange Service. Prior to her current employment, she served as a chemical repair specialist with the United States Army. She also previously worked in the mailroom of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service and in customer service at a clothing store. Her favorite hobbies are fishing and camping. She describes herself as adventurous, dedicated and a team player. She is most proud of having graduated from community college where she received an associate degree in Business Administration from Fayetteville Community College in North Carolina. Her favorite sport is volleyball. Her mother is her hero because she has always been committed to and made sacrifices for her children. She thinks her mother is the bravest, kindest, most loving person and an inspiration. She believes she's a contender for SURVIVOR: PEARL ISLANDS because of her ability to improvise and feels her small knowledge of hunting will be an asset to the tribe. She also thinks she's a good provider and possesses good field skills. Her birth date is July 30, 1974.[1]

Sandra Diaz-Twine (34)

Tribe: Villains
Hometown: Stamford, Conn.
Current Residence: Fayetteville, N.C.
Personal Claim To Fame: "Graduating from community college where I received an Associate's Degree in Business Administration."
Inspiration in Life: "My mother."
Previous Finishes: Pearl Islands: Winner
Favorite Past Moment: "When I dumped the fish after Rupert got voted out."
Previous Survivor She Respects Most: "I have no comment."
Previous Survivor She Respects Least: Jonny Fairplay (Pearls Islands, Micronesia)

Why Did She Come Back?: "Hands down, the money!"[2]

Age: 41
Hometown: Fayetteville, NC

Previously played on: Season 7: Pearl Islands, Winner; Season 20: Heroes vs. Villains, Winner
How have you changed since the last time you played? I've gotten older and fatter.
What skills do you bring to Survivor that will make you a useful member of the group and what skills have you been learning since you last played? My ability to get to the end no matter what the situation and being straightforward. I won't apologize for anything I do.
What are you most proud of from the last time? Winning again.
What, if anything, do you most regret? No regrets, period!

How will you play differently this time? I have no choice but to be a more aggressive-sneaky-mean-lying-and-cheating Sandra.[3]


Pearl Islands

Sandra started out on the Drake tribe. Early on, she proved herself an asset when her knowledge of the Spanish language helped her tribe get a huge advantage at the Panamanian village, where she helped secure a huge deal for her tribe in provisions and food. Although she was not a force in challenges, The Drake tribe dominated challenges early on. During this time, Sandra grew very annoyed with Jon Dalton (who called himself "Jonny Fairplay"). This conflict came to a head when he wanted her to sit out for being a weak swimmer. She countered by stating that she was on the shore well before him. Sandra was also the first person to loot the opposing tribe, taking the Morgan tribe's tarp. Eventually, after finding the buried treasure, Burton Roberts proposed to throw a challenge to eliminate one of the weaker members. Despite doubts about the plan, the tribe went through with it. A twist was revealed that the winning tribe would Kidnap one of the losing tribe's member. Morgan chose Rupert Boneham abstaining from the vote. The tribe voted out Burton for his failed plan. Unfortunately, Drake lost all remaining Immunity Challenges. Sandra's social status kept her safe as the tribe voted out Michelle Tesauro as she was blamed for an Immunity Challenge loss. When Sandra learned that Trish Dunn was attempting to blindside Rupert, Sandra redirected the vote toward Trish.

At the next challenges, everyone was shocked when The Outcasts, the game's first six eliminated contestants, returned for one final shot. The Outcasts won, sending both tribes to Tribal Council, where Sandra joined in voting out the increasingly volatile Shawn Cohen.

Ultimately, Burton returned to Drake and Lillian Morris returned to Morgan. The Drake tribe made amends with Burton. Because of this, Burton convinced the alienated Lill to aligned with the Drake tribe and vote out Andrew Savage, the former Morgan tribe leader and perceived biggest physical threat. Ryan Opray was quickly eliminated afterward. At the final eight, thinking that Darrah Johnson would be voted off, Sandra cast her vote for Jon. She was shocked when Rupert was voted off instead. Upon reaching the camp, Sandra stole the fish Rupert had caught earlier but accidentally spilled the very heavy bucket. Sandra was able to deflect suspicion off her, But her closest friend and ally Christa Hastie was blamed. Knowing that Christa would tell everyone, Sandra kept the fact that she was the real culprit to herself. At the Loved Ones Challenge, Sandra was the only one to know that Jon was lying about his grandma's death. Unfortunately, Sandra's husband, Marcus was the first person out because of that. Sandra tried to convince Tijuana Bradley to betray Burton and Jon. However, the men regained the trust of the Drake women and voted out Tijuana. Unfortunately, the men flipped on Sandra, and Christa was ousted at the next opportunity.

At the final five, while on reward, Sandra formed an alliance with Darrah and Lillian. Neither Jon or Burton suspected a women's alliance, with Jon making Sandra swear on her kids her loyalty. She secretly said that she swears that she will screw him and Burton. When Darrah won her third straight immunity, the women turned to challenge threat Burton, over the antagonistic Jon. At the final four, Jon turned Lill and Darrah against each other. At the Immunity Challenge, all four castaways were vulnerable due to a twist that let the jury compete which they won. Sandra and Jon turned on Darrah for her challenge streak. At the Final Immunity Challenge, Sandra was the first out and Lillian ultimately won immunity. Sandra stated that she would be shocked if Lillian took her to the Final Tribal Council over Jon. However, Lillian was impressed by Sandra's willingly to provide for her family, and deemed her more deserving and chose her.

At the Final Tribal Council, some jurors addressed her gameplay, questioning whether she had worked for her position. Sandra answered the juror questions effectively and she noted that she was loyal to her alliances and worked hard. In the end, Sandra easily bested Lillian in a 6-1 vote, only losing Tijuana's vote.

Voting History

Sandra's Voting History
Episode Sandra's
Voted Against
1 Drake Tribe Immune
2 Drake Tribe Immune
3 Drake Tribe Immune
4 Burton -
5 Michelle -
6 Trish -
7 Shawn -
8 Andrew -
9 Ryan O. -
10 Jon -
11 Tijuana -
12 Lillian -
13 Burton -
14 Darrah -
Ineligible -
Jury Votes
for Sandra
Burton, Christa, Darrah,
Jon, Rupert, Ryan O.
Sole Survivor, Day 39

Heroes vs. Villains

Last time I was mean, this time I'm meaner! You know, I'll lie, I don't care! But I'll make up a good lie.

–Sandra Diaz-Twine

Sandra would start the game amongst the majority alliance with Rob Mariano, Courtney Yates, Jerri Manthey, Tyson Apostol, and Coach Wade. Her main allies were Courtney and Rob. The plan to get rid of Russell Hantz, who was suspected of having a Hidden Immunity Idol, was to split the votes 3-3-3, with 3 of the alliance voting for Russell, 3 voting for Russell's ally Parvati Shallow, and expecting the rival alliance of Russell, Pavarti, and Danielle DiLorenzo to all vote for either Rob or Tyson. This would flush out the idol, and allow one of the opposing alliance to be voted out on the re-vote. However, Tyson foolishly cast the 4th vote for Parvati, leading to his elimination when Russell unexpectedly played the idol for Parvati rather than on himself; Tyson was eliminated by a 3-2 vote versus Russell.

After this, the majority alliance would crumble. Jerri and Coach would both switch over to Russell's alliance, and Rob was first voted out. When the Villains lost immunity on Day 21, Sandra lied to Russell, telling him that Coach was gunning for him; Russell bought the lie and Coach was voted out 4-3. The Villains did manage to win the Reward Challenge on Day 22, getting to eat at an Outback Steakhouse, during which Sandra made a remark that her husband was probably jealous of her since they both love Outback. On Day 24, Villains lost the Immunity Challenge and Courtney was voted out unanimously 5-1 with Sandra voting against her, leaving Sandra at the bottom of the Villains' alliance at the merge. With the numbers at 5 Heroes and 5 Villains at the merge, Sandra would be the one to warn J.T. Thomas and the other Heroes about Russell lying about a proposed all girls' alliance, to not trust him, and that she was willing to flip and help them. She warned that the Villains had every intention of sticking together, and Russell had no plans to help them. Though Rupert was wondering if what Sandra said was true, J.T. and the other Heroes would refuse to believe this after J.T. gave Russell his Hidden Immunity Idol, which Russell would then pass on to Parvati, Parvati would play 2 idols for both Sandra and Jerri (negating all 5 of the Heroes' votes against Jerri), leaving J.T. to be voted out with all five of the Villains' votes.

Sandra would again attempt to switch to the Heroes' side but would be thwarted by Candice Woodcock flipping to the Villains' side. Sandra would make one last attempt to help the Heroes, but her good friend Rupert Boneham would instead try to work with Russell, and told of Sandra's plan to Russell, leaving Sandra no choice but to vote him out. After already having tried to vote Rupert out at the previous Tribal Council, Sandra, sensing danger, would play her Hidden Immunity Idol for safety, negating 2 votes against her, but Rupert would have been voted out 4-2 regardless.

Sandra would mostly fly under the radar in the late stages but would benefit from Russell orchestrating blindsides of both Candice and Danielle. The remaining Heroes would also be eliminated leaving a final 4 of Jerri, Russell, Pavarti, and Sandra. The others, seemingly unaware of the large jury threat Sandra posed, did not target her. Russell wanting Jerri to be voted out, and Jerri targeting Pavarti. Pavarti had said she wanted Sandra voted out, believing she was the biggest jury threat, but after Russell won the Final Immunity Challenge, Pavarti was forced to go along with the others in voting Jerri out.

At the Final Tribal Council, Russell received negative comments from the jury, rendering him a non-factor. Parvati would try to own up to her game, but would be criticized for aligning too closely with Russell, and also for not making enough of an attempt to socialize or even talk strategies with anyone of the Heroes. She was also criticized for, at times, outright mocking the Heroes and belittling their attempts to get into the game, in particular, mocking J.T.'s letter. Sandra played up that she had wanted Russell out since Day 1, that she had interacted well with both sides and many times tried to help the Heroes, and her ability to get to the end despite losing her core allies early, and being at the bottom of the Villains alliance. Parvati attempted to point out Sandra's poor performance in challenges, and lack of any big strategic moves. The jury awarded Sandra with her historic second Sole Survivor title with 6 votes to 3 for Parvati and 0 for Russell. All 5 Heroes jury members, along with close friend Courtney, would award Sandra their votes.

Voting History

Sandra's Voting History
Episode Sandra's
Voted Against
1 Villains Tribe Immune
2 Villains Tribe Immune
3 Randy -
4 Villains Tribe Immune
5 Villains Tribe Immune
6 Russell -
7 Russell -
8 Coach -
9 Courtney -
10 J.T. -1
11 Amanda -
12 Candice -
Rupert -
13 Rupert Colby, Rupert2
14 Colby Colby
Jerri -
Jury Votes
for Sandra
Amanda, Candice, Colby,
Courtney, J.T., Rupert
Sole Survivor, Day 39

^1 In Going Down in Flames, Parvati used a Hidden Immunity Idol on Sandra, but did not negate any votes against her.
^2 In Loose Lips Sink Ships, Sandra used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating 2 votes against her.

Game Changers

I'm the only person to ever win Survivor two times... and it wasn't just luck. That's what I know how to do-- make it to Day 39 and not get voted off. The queen stays queen. Adiós.


Sandra entered Survivor: Game Changers as one of three former winners. She had an especially big target on her back since she had won twice prior. She was assigned to the Mana tribe. After losing the first Immunity Challenge, Mana made an easy vote and decided to unanimously vote Ciera off for playing too hard too early.

The day after Ciera's elimination, Sandra made an alliance with Tony on the basis that they were both major threats. The duo planned to link up with J.T., the third winner in the season, should they ever meet on the same tribe. Tony and Sandra pulled in Aubry, Caleb, and Malcolm, and thus the alliance of five controlled the nine-person Mana tribe. However, on Night 5, Tony caught Sandra talking with Troyzan in the middle of the night. Even though Sandra had not reneged on the alliance, Tony misinterpreted the conversation and confronted her. This resulted in Sandra and Tony turning against each other - Tony for seeing Sandra as too major a threat, and Sandra for not wanting to be controlled by another person. Mana narrowly lost their second challenge and they were set to return to Tribal Council. Sandra gathered her troops; she spoke to those who were on the outs of the alliance of big threats, namely Hali, Jeff, Michaela, and Troyzan. She wanted them to vote with her to take out Tony. At Tribal Council, Sandra voted against Aubry in the event that Tony played an idol. The rest of the tribe voted in her favor and sent Tony packing.

Day 7 brought a tribe switch. Sandra was sent to the Nuku tribe. Fortunately, the former Mana's had a 5-1 majority, leaving J.T. on the outs. Nuku won the third Immunity Challenge, and later the first Reward Challenge, winning coffee, cookies, and pastries. During this time, J.T. was plotting to take Sandra out of the competition behind her back.

At the Day 11 Immunity Challenge, Probst revealed that the two tribes who lost the Immunity Challenge would be sent to one Tribal Council, where they would collectively vote one person out. Nuku had an early lead due to Jeff Varner's proficient communication skills, but Varner ultimately lost the challenge at the table maze stage. Nuku was set to head to Tribal Council with Mana. During the afternoon, J.T. continued plotting against Sandra, mainly with his new ally Malcolm. However, the rest of the tribe planned to vote together. They planned to vote against Sierra. At a chaotic Tribal Council, J.T. had told Mana that Sierra was Nuku's target, and hoped to get the Mana tribe to blindside Sandra. In the end, Nuku continued with their original plan, piling their votes onto Sierra. Unfortunately, Tai played his Hidden Immunity Idol on Sierra, negating the six votes cast against her. Malcolm was taken out, much to the chagrin of the Nuku tribe.

Malcolm's untimely blindside infuriated Sandra, who, after the Tribal Council, confronted J.T. Sandra planned to get J.T. out for his "dirty deed" should Nuku lose the next Immunity Challenge. At the second Reward Challenge, Sandra helped Nuku win peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches by completing the puzzle. After the challenge, Sandra played on the brewing feud between J.T. and Michaela. She escalated the tension by consuming the tribe's sugar and putting the blame on Michaela. Nuku went on to lose the Immunity Challenge, sending Sandra to Tribal Council for the fifth time. Sandra seized the opportunity to exact revenge on J.T. At Tribal Council, J.T. and Michaela's fight reached a fever pitch. Sandra took advantage of this to secure Michaela's vote. She pulled the wool over Aubry and J.T., and with Varner's vote, J.T. was sent home with an idol in his pocket. After Tribal Council, Sandra made clear that Aubry was next on her list since she had failed to gel with the rest of the Manas during her time in the game.

A second tribe switch occurred on Day 14, placing Sandra on the third revision of the Nuku tribe. She was relegated to the bottom with Varner, as the original Nuku's held a 5-2 numbers' advantage. The Nuku's planned to get Sandra out for being a two-time winner. Sandra's fate was sealed when Nuku lost the Immunity Challenge. However, she saw through the Nuku's lie that she was safe over Tai, and she tried to gather votes by telling Ozzy, Sarah, and Andrea that she would vote with them when the merge hit. She planned to throw Tai under the bus at Tribal Council. During Tribal Council, Tai whispered to Sandra, telling her to vote against Ozzy. Sandra made a last-ditch attempt to gather votes against Ozzy or against Tai (for his perceived duplicity), but this was all for naught. Sandra was voted out in a 5-2 vote. However, she received a positive ovation from her tribemates when leaving and she also emerged as the highest-placing former winner in the season.

Voting History

Sandra's Voting History
Episode Sandra's
Voted Against
1 Ciera -
Aubry -
2 Nuku Tribe Immune
3 Sierra1 -
4 J.T. -
5 Tai Andrea, Ozzy,
Sarah, Tai, Zeke
Voted Off, Day 16

^1 In The Tables Have Turned, Tai used a Hidden Immunity Idol on Sierra, negating Sandra's vote against her.



Statistics of Sandra Diaz-Twine
Seasons competed: 3
Days lasted: 94
Challenge Wins
Tribal wins: 18
Individual wins: 0
Total wins: 18
Tribal Council
Total votes received: 8
Exile Island
Times exiled: 0
Redemption Island
Duels won: N/A
Days spent on Redemption Island: N/A


Preceded by
The Amazon
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Jenna Morasca
Sole Survivor Titleholder
Pearl Islands
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Sandra Diaz-Twine
Succeeded by
S8 amber t
Amber Brkich
Preceded by
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Natalie White
Sole Survivor Titleholder
Heroes vs. Villains
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Sandra Diaz-Twine
Succeeded by
S21 fabio t
Fabio Birza