|January 26, 2005||- "Ashlee is... young, very good looking, Mormon. Her beliefs are gonna play a part in this game. They're going to have to if she lasts very long, because this is an ethical game. Sooner or later, she's gonna have to decide where the line in the sand is for her. For instance, I don't know if it's okay if you're a Mormon to use sex appeal as a weapon. I don't know, is that a sin? She'll be fun to watch, either way."||- Jeff Probst's pre-game comments on the contestants, from the official CBS site.|
|January 17, 2005||- Local
paper provides a largely spoiler-free glimpse at Ashlee's enormous...
"Dacusville woman tests 'Survivor' skills on TV
This is a tribal council of a different sort, as the extended Ashby family — which number more than a dozen on this day but more than 100 in all — mingle over a steaming stockpot of taco soup and loaves of homemade bread.
Members come from not-so distant places — Travelers Rest, Simpsonville and Greenville, to name a few — and the get-together is one the aunties are apt to throw together on any given day of the week, for most any occasion.
But Monday's gathering — held at the rural home of Phil and Kathy Ashby, off State 135 in Pickens County — marked the start of something special for Pickens High School graduate and recent celebrity Ashlee Ashby.
...'I know we're all excited to see how she deals with island life,' her 19-year-old sister Sharleen Ashby said Monday from the family home, which sits at the end of a mile-long dirt road. Aunts, uncles, cousins and friends were among those who arrived at the family's 15-acre property for the impromptu party.
'When she told us, we all went crazy,' cousin Heidi Johanson said Monday. Now the family is dying to know how she fares among the show's other contestants. But Ashby, laughing and smiling alongside her loved ones, has to be tight-lipped about her island adventures — even with those closest to her.
So, who is Ashlee Ashby? The oldest of five siblings, she is an avid exerciser and the self-proclaimed princess among her outdoorsy and athletic clan. She spent her summers life-guarding at the Pickens Country Club swimming pool and waitressing at Alley Gators sports bar and grill on Pelham Road. After graduating from Pickens High School, she was one of the few students who chose to attend college out of state, selecting Brigham Young University in Utah.
A practicing member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Ashby completed seminary while attending high school, requiring her to travel from home to her Berea church every weekday before school at 6 a.m. She moved to Los Angeles shortly after graduating from Brigham Young, to pursue an acting career.
'She's had a lot of comfort in her life, but she's not the kind of person who has to have a lot of comfort,' said her aunt, Brenda Wahrer.
Just to be sure and sharpen her survival skills, her siblings spent the weeks before she left for Palau teaching her what they thought she'd need to know for the show. Chad, a 13-year-old Boy Scout and Pickens Middle School student, schooled her on the finer points of fly-fishing and fish 'trapping.' Tyler, 15, a freshman at Pickens High, showed her how to tie a lashing, a skill he thought she could use to help her build shelter on the island. And her 9-year-old sister Taylor had her on a strict program on a 'balance beam,' which she crafted using an old board in the back yard. (Because on the show, 'you've got to balance stuff,' Taylor explained.)...."
|- Heidi Coryell Williams of the Greenville News.|
|December 16, 2004||- Name revealed by "LadyIreneAdler" on the Survivornews.net S10 Contestant Confirmator.||- SNN|