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Cirie Fields
35, Walterboro, SC
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Date, source
January 26, 2006
Click here to watch the full 45-min video at CBS2 Chicago
January 26, 2006: CBSNews video of a pre-game press roundtable discussion about Cirie, led by Jeff Probst, with Mara Reinstein (US Weekly), Paul Adler (TV Guide channel), Shawna Malcom (TV Guide), Dalton Ross (EW), Jarett Wieselman (In Touch). Transcript:

cirieJeff Probst: Let's talk about Cirie, one of my all-time, already, favorite Survivor contestants.
Cirie (pre-game interview): I'm Cirie, I'm 35 years old, I'm married. I am a registered nurse.
Shawna Malcom: She's just effervescent. She has so much energy. She walks into a room and it just lights up. And her enthusiasm for the game is incredible. I couldn't believe, you know, she's so excited to be here.
Paul Adler: And man, does she have the hots for you, Jeff. Whoo! She went on and on.
Jeff Probst: You know what I like about Cirie is that, for me, she represents every person who's ever been at home and said, 'Gah, you know I'd like to do Survivor.' But never get up off the couch.
Cirie (pre-game interview): My life is boring! I just, uh, work, come home and take care of the kids and watch TV. I do! I'm sorry! That is really all I do.
Jeff Probst: Cirie is the most unlikely candidate to ever make it on the show, but she did. She applied, and her personality and enthusiasm won us over, and she's on. How well will she do? I actually think she'll do all right.
Shawna Malcom: I think so too, because she showed determination. You know, she was told she had to lose weight, in order to be on the show, and she did it. She stuck to it. She started working out, and changed her diet, and she looks great.
Jeff Probst: I'm hoping that when you guys have met her, that a little bit of the nervousness is gone. Is it?
Jarett Wieselman: It was, it definitely was. She was very excited, and like ready to go. I think the thing with Cirie, that will get her far in the game, is that she can sort of take on that motherly figure.
Cirie (pre-game, still): I want to be... everything to this group. I want to be like the hot mama, want to be the hot nurse, I want to be the hot cook. I just want to be hot, really!
Jarett Wieselman: She even admits herself that she's not gonna be great at the challenges. But you know, when it comes to the mental stuff, she's ready. I mean she's very intelligent. She knows what she's doing, having raised you know, three kids, like she can keep people in line, she can let 'em do what she wants. If she can align herself with some stronger people who will bring her further in terms of competition, I think she has a really good chance.
Mara Reinstein: The other women I asked about, I mean, when I asked them about Cirie, this came out right away, that they could just tell that she has a great personality and would be fun to have around. That's just total body language, and not even talking to her.
Dalton Ross: Yeah, you've got to play what card you have and I think that's her card. And so she's gotta play that card. And you know, like, 'I've got to make connections somehow with these people, so if I'm not holding up my end in the challenge, I can give them another reason to keep me around.'
Paul Adler: She's also a nurse, so that caregiver role, that really worked for Margaret, a short time. And that really worked for Margaret in Guatemala, you know, being able to take care of people who are new to their environment, and were hurt, and sick.
Jeff Probst: Well, Cirie seems to have, and you kind of hit on it, that, that quality that you can't manufacture, which is true likeability. You just like her. And you actually would probably get rid of somebody else, just 'cause you like Cirie. Whereas so many other times in this game, you're getting rid of somebody 'cause they're too likeable, meaning, they might win this game. But there's not a true, soulful, I just like you. I like what you represent. I think people want Cirie to succeed. I think the audience is really gonna pull for her.
Paul Adler: She'll be very happy to hear you like her, Jeff. She went on and on....
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January 22, 2006: Transcript of Cirie-specific footage from the TV Guide Channel " Survivor: Panama - Exile Island Preview" (featuring pre-game contestant interviews and Jeff Probst comments from circa Ep1):

"Danni Boatwright: Operating room nurse Cirie will be living a very different life in Panama than she does in her hometown, Jersey City.
Cirie (pre-game interview): I'm a couch potato. And I wanted to do some things before I got too old. I love this show, I want to just challenge myself, and see how far I can make it. I think I can win.
Jeff Probst: Cirie represents everybody who's ever sat at home and said, 'I could do that!' But they never got up off the couch. Cirie got up off the couch, and she's on the show. And I think her little bubbliness is probably a bit of a mask for a player underneath, who might be better than we think.
Cirie (pre-game interview): I'm cute and funny, but... [mock threatening stare] Don't play. [laughs]."

Date, source
January 10, 2006
Prentiss Findlay, for the Charleston (SC) Post and Courier
January 10, 2006: Local press actually interview one of Cirie's coworkers, rather than running verbatim AP copy:

"Walterboro nurse earns chance to be 'Survivor'
   Cirie Fields, an operating room nurse from Walterboro, will be in a national TV spotlight when the 12th edition of Survivor debuts at 9 p.m. Feb. 2 on WCSC-TV.
   On Monday, CBS announced the 16 new contestants on the show, including Fields, 35, and Ruth Marie Milliman, 48, of Greenville, director of retail leasing at a shopping center.
   Ann Jonason, director of nursing at Colleton Medical Center, described Fields as an excellent nurse and a delightful person with a big smile. 'We're thrilled about it. We didn't know she was so talented,' Jonason said.
   Fields and her husband, Clarencio, recently married, and she has three children from a previous marriage, according to the show's Web site.
   Contestants are not allowed to talk, even with family, about what happens to them on the show until after their fate on the program is publicly known. 'It's all top secret,' Jonason said.
   Fields will be competing as a member of one of four tribes - Older Men, Older Women, Younger Men and Younger Women - in the show dubbed Survivor: Panama - Exile Island.
   At least one castaway each episode will be banished to Exile Island, which is miles away from camp. While being separated from the tribe is not desirable, the castaways will learn that there is a hidden immunity idol somewhere on Exile Island. If found, this immunity idol could save an individual from being voted out at a future Tribal Council.
   Fields is not the first South Carolina woman to compete on Survivor. JoAnna Ward of Orangeburg was a contestant in Survivor: The Amazon in 2003."
January 9, 2006: Officially revealed as a contestant on Survivor: Panama - Exile Island on the Early Show.
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Cirie's bio, from the CBS Survivor: Panama site:
Cirie Fields was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey. She attended St. Francis Nursing School in New Castle, Pennsylvania, where she earned her nursing degree. She currently works as an operating room nurse. Her previous occupations include surgical technician, home health aid, working at a candy factory and telemarketing. Fields' proudest accomplishment was becoming a nurse. Her mother is her hero because she raised six kids with nothing and taught her kids many life skills.

Fields swims regularly. Her favorite sports include running and working with a personal trainer. She loves amusement park rides and watching television. She describes herself as funny, charismatic and compassionate. She believes she will be a useful member of the tribe because she is very strong. Fields' skills include the ability to fish, cook and do some carpentry. She believes she will be the Sole Survivor because people love her cute, smiling personality. Her primary motivation for being on the show is to win and to change her family's life. She is proud of the fact that she was disciplined enough to lose 30 pounds once she learned she would be a castaway on the show.

Fields currently resides in Walterboro, South Carolina. She recently married Clarencio and has three sons from a previous marriage. They have one dog, Sam. Her birth date is July 18, 1970.

Date, source
January 7, 2006
MayanSun, SurvivorFever
January 7, 2006: MayanSun from reports receiving a tip that Cirie was the long-rumored African-American nurse ChillOne mentioned as a Survivor: Panama - Exile Island contestant. See also SurvivorFever's contestant page for Cirie.

"I've been working on a tip about the African American nurse. Having a hard time finding out much but I'll throw the name out there just in case....

I think it might be Cirie Tiffany Fields. She's about 35 years old. She's married, a traveling surgical nurse. Holds nursing licenses in several states (an agency probably sends her out on temporary nursing jobs, very nice pay for those types of jobs).

She's supposedly a big reality tv fan and had always talked about trying out for the show.

I was told that she worked out all summer and practiced swimming techniques, was away during the filming timeframe, returned thinner but claimed to have been taking care of her ill mother. (No other confirmation if she was gone during filming).

"She has a colorful personality and is sure to make it interesting."

I had checked for domain registerations and there was never one registered. Bianca checked today and she apparently registered on Jan 7th."
Date, source
Dec. 2005 - Jan. 2006
S12 contestant thread, Survivor Sucks
ChillOne's spoiler thread, Survivor Sucks
December, 2005 - January, 2006: A rough outline of Cirie-related contestant rumors and research done in the S12 contestant thread and ChillOne's spoiler thread at Survivor Sucks:

- On November 28th, 2005, ChillOne starts the wheels turning with this sentence: "The
african american girl, military guy, rasta chick, and asian dude go ... into the game." (edited in deference to spoiler-phobic sensibilities).
- December 5th , 2005 - An update from ChillOne: "Black Girl ... a nurse."

There are a number of other updates, but since they all contain game-specific spoilers, we'll just point you to the thread itself (link, above right), if you want to read more.
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