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Darva Conger

Nurse-turned-reality television star best known as the winning bride of the 2000 Fox reality show Who Wants to Marry A Multi-Millionaire?

Background

  • Darva Conger was born on the 21th of September, 1965 in Carbondale, Illinois. Her mother is actress Susan Harrison.

  • Career

    • An emergency room nurse, Conger was a contestant on the 2000 "reality show" Who Wants To Marry a Multimillionaire?. Rick Rockwell at the end of the show chose Conger to be his wife and married her. As well to being wed to Rockwell, Conger also was given a 3-carat (600 mg) diamond ring and more than $100,000 in prizes. After the honeymoon, it was announced that Conger was seeking an annulment, saying Rockwell had misrepresented himself.The annulment was finalized on April 5, 2000. Conger was the focus of media attention for not only winning the "contest" but also for getting an annulment so quickly after the marriage. After finding fame on reality TV, she later appeared on Celebrity Boxing and posed for Playboy. Conger auctioned off the SUV she won on the show to raise money for an Illinois charity benefiting the disabled; she also paid for dental implants for her mother. Fired from her nursing job after the show aired, Conger has just launched her own Web site, www. darvashouse.com, a mix of fitness, nutrition and lifestyle tips. She has moved on personally as well, dating a 37-year-old sportswear sales rep whom she met before her TV wedding. In October 2000 she donated her $35,000 wedding ring to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, to be auctioned off in February 2001.She later stepped traded the spotlight for a "normal" life in California, where she reportedly works as a nurse and raises her autistic son, Cassius.

    Works

    • Playboy
    • Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?

    Views

    Quotations: On the marriage with Rick Rockwell: "[I] not married to him. In my heart I’m not married to him.”

    “We’ve all made a mistake. The unfortunate thing for me is that I made a pretty big mistake, or an error in judgement, in front of the whole world,” she says. “I have to turn things around so that people will be able to listen to me without it completely going through the back of their minds that I’m just another bubble-headed blonde on TV posing naked and doing stupid things on reality television. Yes, I did those things. No, they are not who I am. You have to learn from it, move on, and just enjoy life. It’s a great life.”

    "Reality television is so common now".

    Personality

    Quotes from others about the person

    LeeAnn Siemens, long time friend on Conger's new status "doesn't make her any different. Before, she was a giving person. Now she has more to give, so she gives more.

    Connections

    • She was twice married, she has 1 son.
    • father: Cass Conger - American
      Died in 1999.
    • mother: Susan Harrison - American - former actress
      She was on the 26th of August, 1938 in Leesburg, Florida. She is most famous for her appearance in the 1957 film noir classic Sweet Smell of Success. By 1963 she had left public life and acting and devoted herself to family matters, though in the 1990s she played Elberta in a Jackson County Stage Company (Carbondale, Illinois) production of Mixed Couples. She has since appeared at various film and science fiction conventions.
    • Ex-husband: Rick Rockwell - American
      He was born on 26th of October, 1957 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rick Rockwell was the groom on the 2000 "reality show" Who Wants To Marry a Multi-Millionaire?. At show's end Rockwell chose as his bride Darva Conger and the two were married on live TV. The couple split a few days later, but their notoriety was assured. Some investigators later claimed that Rockwell -- billed as a real estate tycoon -- wasn't really a multi-millionaire at all, but it didn't seem to matter in the general hubbub of the annulled marriage. Rockwell had been involved in show business as an occasional screenwriter and standup comedian, and he briefly toured the country with a standup comedy act based on his fame from the show.
    • Ex-husband: Jim Arellano - American - physician assistant
      Conger married Jim in 2003. In 2005 born their son Cassius. They divorced in 2009.
    • Son: Cassius Conger - American
      Born in 2005. In 2007, Cassius, then 2, was diagnosed with PDD (pervasive developmental disorder).
    Darva Conger
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    Born September 21, 1965
    (age 52)
    Nationality
    • 1986 - 2000
      Emergency room nurse, United States Air Force
      USA
    • 2008 - present
      Nurse Anesthetist, Rocklin
      Northern California