Official CBS.com Survivor: Samoa bio
page excerpts (8/27/09):
"Marisa Calihan is no stranger to surviving off the land.
This 1st generation Appalachian was born on a farm in Ohio
and learned many of her survival skills from her father.
Growing up with eight siblings, in a blended family with
many adopted children, Marisa learned from an early age how
to take care of herself. “I am paying my own way
through school and have been on my own since I was
Aside from her early roots in farming, Marisa also has
experience working in third world conditions. While abroad,
she worked with street children in poor countries with no
plumbing or running water and it changed her life.
Although after eight years of being a free spirit and living
abroad in such places as El Salvador and Spain, Marisa
returned home to go back to school and help take care of her
For Marisa, the money would go a long way in making her
family’s lives better and helping her achieve a few
long term goals. “There are so many things I can do if
I just had a nest egg to start with. I won’t have to
fight tooth and nail for everything, if I just had a little
bit of money.”
Resourceful and creative, Marisa believes she has what it
takes to persevere and become the sole Survivor.
Marisa is single and currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Her birth date is July 26th."