HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - The ninth installment of the progenitor of all Realty
TV has drawn to a close. "CBS's "Survivor Vanuatu: Islands of Fire"
finished up its season on Dec. 12 with the unexpected victory of Chris
Daugherty with five votes over Twila Tanner with just two votes. The
reading of the final votes took place during a live episode at CBS Studios
in California with all the cheesy flourishes we have come to know and love.
One of the jury members who garnered a lot of camera time was Julie Berry.
The elegant features of Berry, a 23-year-old Maliseet Indian from Gorham,
Maine, helped to make her one of this season's most popular characters. She
made it to the final five before the crafty Daugherty betrayed her alliance
and cost her the chance at winning the $1 million prize.
Appearing in a Dec. 10 interview on CBS's "Early Show", Berry claimed to be
heartbroken saying that Daugherty's betrayal hurt her deeply. He had sworn
on their friendship to keep their alliance and she considered him to be
like a brother.
Berry's dazzling smile and natural effervescence resurfaced moments later
when she contemplated having her revenge during the final vote. Apparently
Berry was able to find forgiveness for the deceitful Daugherty. She gave
her vote to her "brother" who had "stroked her hair with one hand and cut
her throat with the other," said host Jeff Probst during the finale.
"I wined and dined him before he cut my throat too. I am just figuring this
out," said Berry commenting on how she had taken Daugherty on her reward, a
journey to the top of the volcanic Mount Vanuatu complete with hot dogs,
beer and a luxurious hut.
"Going into Survivor you know the definition of 'Outwit, Outplay, Outlast,'
but you get out there and you get warped into this world. I was 100 percent
there and I have watched all the Survivors but you still get attached. You
get really jaded," Berry said.
The 14th castaway to be kicked off Vanuatu is a youth mentor who works with
adopted children who have trouble coping with emotional and social issues.
She relates with these children because Berry herself was adopted.
Judith and Les Berry, a non-Native couple, adopted her when she was 4 years
old. She credits her family with encouraging her creativity and
individualism. Recently Julie was reunited with her biological sister and
said she considers that experience to be one of the most magical in her
Berry graduated from East Carolina University in North Carolina where she
earned a bachelor's degree in Family and Community Development. She has
plans to further her degree and hopes to travel extensively.
While not overtly "Native" in her mannerisms, Berry, a self-proclaimed
aggressive tomboy, said she believes in the importance of dreams and claims
to be very sensitive to the spirits of people and places. She calls herself
a good judge of energy and character. She said her abilities helped her
succeed in the Survivor game.
Berry's audition tape was shot in an intimately-darkened room where she
whispered into the camera as if she were a schoolgirl telling naughty
secrets to friends during a sleepover. She elected to appear in only
underwear and a spaghetti-string top to better "show off my assets."
While Berry freely admitted to using her feminine wiles to further her
position in the game she also acknowledged that she had made some mistakes
in judging the character of her opponents.
Berry thinks that many people misjudge her because of her looks and think
she is superficial. She believes that worked to her advantage in the
"Not only am I a beautiful ... I mean clever ... Native American woman, I
love different stuff. I love to travel. I am so good at temporary things."
Berry's 15 minutes of fame may not be as temporary as she planned them to