became notorious for being the villain everybody hated in the Australian outback edition of reality show Survivor
. Born Jerri Lynn Manthey on September 5, 1970, in Stuttgart, Germany, she was already an aspiring actress when she joined Survivor in 2001.
Manthey attended both high school and college in Germany, as her father was member of the US Army unit based in the European country. She earned her less-than-saintly reputation for perpetually getting herself involved in fights with several cast members on Survivor. Manthey was largely seen as manipulative and deceitful. She returned in another edition of the reality show three years later in Survivor: All Stars. This time, although she tried to downplay her icy, villainous image, things were far harsher to her. During the reunion show, she was booed by the live audience while trying to explain how the viewers at home had the reality show contestants all wrong. In both editions, she was the ninth person voted off.
Since then, Manthey earned a role in the soap opera The Young and the Restless
and appeared in a host of other reality shows other than Survivor. She has also posed nude for Playboy magazine in its September, 2001 issue.
In 2003, Manthey was cast in yet another reality show, the very first season of The Surreal Life
. The show features celebrities who are said to be past their primes and puts them in a Hollywood Hills mansion for two weeks. As if this were not enough, unforgiving cameras also follow their every move. In this season, Jerri made the same impression on the viewers, that is, someone hell bent on doing what she wanted without a care for what others thought of her. Other highlights of the season include a camping trip and actor Corey Feldman
's wedding to his girlfriend at the season finale with no less than rapper turned evangelist MC Hammer
leading the ceremony.
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