Gillian Larson


  • Name: Gillian Larson

  • Age:  61

  • DOB:  February 24, 1947

  • Home:   Temecula, Calif.

  • Occupation: Retired Nurse

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Retired after working as a registered nurse for 41 years, Gillian Larson has never satisfied her appetite for adventure and travel despite her wide array of experiences throughout her 61 years. She has traveled through 46 countries and all but a few U.S. states, much of it backpacking. This adventurous "granny" can climb and rappel 4,000 foot mountains and swim with the Great Whites. Not only is she versatile, but she is competitive by nature and feels as though she is an perfect fit for the game of SURVIVOR, having applied 15 times, always believing she would one day be selected.

Married 37 years to her husband, Ron, Gillian has three married daughters and four grandchildren. Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, she was awarded several academic and athletic honors. Gillian met her husband in Germany and moved to the United States. The couple has relocated 18 times and currently resides in Temecula, Calif. since 2001. Her proudest achievement is her awesome family.

When she isn't scuba diving or hiking through the mountains, Gillian enjoys travel, writing, photography, gardening, spending time with her family and her eclectic group of friends who range from 2 to 92.

For her 60th birthday, she got a purple butterfly tattoo on her left hip. A very good swimmer, this SURVIVOR-addict feels that she has what is takes to be the oldest winner yet.

After SURVIVOR, Larson's new goal is to be a motivational speaker, focusing on "believe in yourself and you can achieve anything"

Gillian's birthday is February 24, 1947.

Gillian: "I've told thousands and thousands of people that I am going to play Survivor one day. I've applied 15 times, I have sent in applications every time. I studied the show. I've kept myself fit trying to get on Survivors. I've done everything possible. Obviously it was waiting for Africa again. I am an American citizen with an African soul, and it was waiting for me to come back so I can win this game in my home continent. I will not let you down and so many of the older players have not come up to scratch and so I will not let them down, I am so delighted to be here to play. This is the most amazing game, everything. I am absolutely with being the oldest and I am going to be the oldest winner yet. My life experiences will take me somewhere to do something good in the game. I am not too keen on being bashed on but I'll manage. It's been great watching Survivor because you have this wonderful cost of boobs and butts, I will be playing with a bunch of people with magnificent bodies. The whole world is looking, something they have missed, is somebody that is like them. I am here playing for all the baby boomers and beyond to show that there is somebody with gumption and gut not just the boobs and the butts, that I am going to get out there, and I am going to get out there and do it for all of them. Believe it, dream it, and go for it."

Jeff Probst: ''Charm is her strength because she's likable in doses, and that's her liability. Does she know when enough is enough? You can only hear someone say 'I'm from South Africa' so many times before you want to say, 'Why don't you go back to South Africa!'''

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