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Tuscaloosa’s Danielle Murphree finishes third on “Big Brother”


Danielle Murphree, Big Brother

Danielle Murphree exits the “Big Brother” house in third place.

So close …

Danielle Murphree of Tuscaloosa finished third in the live season finale of “Big Brother.” She was evicted by Ian Terry, who then faced Dan Gheesling for the $500,000 grand prize. The 14th season of the CBS reality competition ended tonight.

Terry beat Gheesling in the final jury vote 6-1, with Murphree casting the lone vote for the latter.

Though she had a chance to win the final Head of Household, Murphree threw part one and lost to Terry in part two, putting her up for nomination against Gheesling.

Murphree lived with 15 other players in the “house,” a special two-story studio with cameras and microphones everywhere. What didn’t make it to broadcast was shown online to subscribers.

She was the only female contestant to win the weekly Head of Household competition, and did so twice during the season. Murphree provided several of the more memorable moments of the show, though not always intentionally.

Viewers will remember her for her relentless romantic pursuit of Shane Meaney, who didn’t warm up to her advances. Her other standout moments all revolved around Gheesling, who started the season as her coach but ended up lying to her and betraying her several times.

Video: Dan Gheesling shocks Danielle Murphree
by evicting her friend Shane Meaney.

Video: The aftermath

Murphree started out lying about her occupation, telling others she worked as a kindergarten teacher instead of a nurse. She found help in two alliances that got her to the final three.

She fared better than most previous Alabamians on the show, save for Jason Guy of Mobile who finished third in season 3.


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