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About Author

“A man’s Success has a lot to do

with the kind of women he chooses to have in his life”

Dianne Burnett is an author, producer, and actor of stage and screen. She is also a philanthropist and entrepreneur. Dianne and her ex-husband, Mark Burnett, joined their creative forces to invent Eco-Challenge, the impetus for Survivor, which kickstarted America’s reality-television show craze and went on to become the longest-running and most lucrative reality TV series of all time.

Following the success of Survivor, Dianne produced and acted in the stage play Beyond Therapy at the Santa Monica Playhouse, served as Executive Producer of the indie film Jam (which won Best Narrative Feature at the Santa Fe Film Festival), and acted in Everybody Loves Raymond. In memory of her mother, Joan, who lost her battle with esophageal cancer in 2010, Dianne formed Joan Valentine—A Foundation for Natural Cures, a nonprofit organization that serves as a resource for those seeking alternatives to traditional medicine.

She also recently launched a multimedia platform and social network: called, it explores alternative views on everything from relationships to health. Formerly of New York, Dianne now lives in Malibu, California, with her family.

Dianne supports eleemosynary causes including the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, St. Jude’s Children’s Cancer Research, Children Mending Hearts and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She is actively involved in the non-profit organization Women in Film in Los Angeles, dedicated to helping women achieve their highest potential in the global entertainment, communications and media industries.

In 2009, Dianne created Joan Valentine – A Foundation for Natural Cures, Inc., a non-profit organization which is dedicated to her mother. The foundation will raise money and awareness for preventative and integrative cancer treatments. When her mother was diagnosed with esophagus cancer in 2009 she knew her purpose in life was to help those battling this terrible disease. The Joan Valentine Foundation will build awareness and teach people that there are other approaches to treating cancer. It will also help raise funds to conduct scientific studies of promising new cancer treatments.

Get ready to laugh. Get ready to cry. Get ready for a whirlwind of an adventure. Settle in for a powerful, poignant story of inner strength and courage-and get a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the making of Survivor, the world’s most popular reality show.

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Testimonials & Reviews


Rachelle Carson


Dianne Burnett’s book is a must read for anyone who wants to read a romance novel, an adventure story, and inspirational biography all in one. Her survivor sprit comes through on every page. Her experience can benefit everyone who has loved and lost and grew wiser in the process. A true Survivor.

Ed Begley Jr


After reading Dianne Burnett’s spellbinding book, The Road To Reality, I can see how she had such a pivotal role on Survivor… she is one!  Curl up next to the fire you started with a piece of flint, and you’ll burn through this in one sitting…a true delight!

Nancy Moonves


Dianne Burnett has written an honest, touching and thoroughly enjoyable book.
She and I met at the very beginning of the Survivor reality show and remain friends to this day. Road to Reality is great book. Brava Dianne!!

Cindy Landon

Animal Activist / Producer

A great read! Dianne’s lyrical words leap off the page and the reader becomes an unwitting passenger along for her unbridled ride of ambition, glamour, fame, family, marriage, love, heartbreak, and, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, a rebirth which continues forth to this day. Bravo to my friend.

Christine Peake

CEO Peak PR Group / Journalist

Dianne Burnett’s book ‘Road To Reality’ is a smart, well written book about the road less travelled by most of us, a road most women would find hard to travel, yet she does it with grace, intellect and inspirational strength as she takes us on her personal journey. A must read.

Andrea Scheoder

Model / Entrepreneur

Diane Burnetts memoir VOTI is an inside look at the rise and pitfalls of a successful Hollywood family. Her ability to share her journey and find the strength to forgive and find peace in uncharted waters leaves the reader inspired to find hope in their own lives and struggles.

Jennifer Berman

Luxury Real Estate Expert

Dianne has managed to rise like a phoenix and place her heartbreak and pain into an inspirational story that helps other women gain their strength and courage to get back on track on their in life. This is a must read for any woman who has gone through a divorce, been cheated on, or is trying to find their inner strength to create the life they deserve and desire.

Daniel Burns

CEO DBurns Design

Dianne is a true survivor, and her strength comes through on every page of this amazing book. Her book is a must read for anyone who wants to read a romance novel, an adventure story, and inspirational biography all in one.

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The Road to Reality
by Dianne Burnett