The Road to Reality: Voted off the Island!...My Journey as a Real-Life Survivor

The Road to Reality: Voted off the Island!...My Journey as a Real-Life Survivor

by Dianne Burnett


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Get ready to laugh. Get ready to cry. Get ready for a whirlwind of an adventure. Settle in for a powerful, poignant story of inner strength and courage-and get a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the making of Survivor, the world's most popular reality show.

Spinning their mutual love of exotic adventure into gold, Dianne Burnett and her former husband, TV producer Mark Burnett, co-created Eco-Challenge, an expedition-length racing event televised on Discovery Channel that catapulted them into the arena of reality TV and set the stage for Survivor-a modern-day Robinson Crusoe with a million-dollar prize.  But Dianne and Mark's fairytale marriage did not survive their Hollywood success . . . she found herself left behind, her contributions unrecognized.  She lost her partner in life and began to lose her identity.  In that experience, she found an opportunity to grow.

A fascinating, fast-paced, heart-warming "page-turner," The Road to Reality takes readers on a roller-coaster ride-complete with a zesty romance, as well as the ups and downs of going for your dreams-while it imparts the lessons learned as Dianne discovers what really matters in life is something beyond fortune and fame. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401941000
Publisher: Agape Media International, LLC
Publication date: 09/18/2012
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Dianne Burnett is an author, producer, and actor of stage and screen. She is also a philanthropist and entrepreneur. Dianne and her ex-husband, Mark Burnett, joined their creative forces to invent Eco-Challenge, the impetus for Survivor, which kickstarted America’s reality-television show craze and went on to become the longest-running and most lucrative reality TV series of all time. Following the success of Survivor, Dianne produced and acted in the stage play Beyond Therapy at the Santa Monica Playhouse, served as Executive Producer of the indie film Jam (which won Best Narrative Feature at the Santa Fe Film Festival), and acted in Everybody Loves Raymond. In memory of her mother, Joan, who lost her battle with esophageal cancer in 2010, Dianne formed Joan Valentine—A Foundation for Natural Cures, a nonprofit organization that serves as a resource for those seeking alternatives to traditional medicine. She also recently launched a multimedia platform and social network: called, it explores alternative views on everything from relationships to health. Formerly of New York, Dianne now lives in Malibu, California, with her family.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword Richard Hatch 1

Preface: A Higher Road 3

Chapter 1 Desert Rose 5

Chapter 2 Island Girl 23

Chapter 3 Growing Pains 35

Chapter 4 An Englishman in New York 51

Chapter 5 She's Got a Ticket to Ride 59

Chapter 6 Almost Paradise 71

Chapter 7 Sweet Baby James 89

Chapter 8 Lights, Cameron, Action 103

Chapter 9 Kingmaker 115

Chapter 10 The Tribe Has Spoken 127

Chapter 11 Heard It Through the Grapevine 145

Chapter 12 Rewriting the Script 159

Epilogue: Finding My Way 171

Afterword by Michael Bernard Beckwith 179

About the Author 181

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