Darva Conger

Darva Conger (born September 21, 1965) is a former emergency department nurse who in 2000 was selected as the winner of the reality television show Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?[3][4]

Darva Conger
Darva Conger (right) being interviewed by Suzanne Stokes for Playboy in 2000.
Born (1965-09-21) September 21, 1965
Alma materSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville[1]
OccupationNurse Anesthetist
Known forWho Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)(2002)[2]
Spouse(s)Rick Rockwell (annulled)
Jim Arellano (divorced)

Conger previously served in the U.S. Air Force,[4] and at one time was stationed at Hill AFB in Utah, and then at Scott Air Force Base, near St. Louis.[4]

She studied nursing at Southern Illinois University at the Edwardsville and Carbondale campuses, graduating magna cum laude.[1]

Conger's mother was American actress Susan Harrison.[5]

Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? and aftermath

In the show, which aired as a single two-hour broadcast on February 15, 2000, 50 women competed to be the bride of an unknown millionaire they did not see during the show, except in silhouette. At the end of the show, "millionaire" Rick Rockwell chose Conger to be his wife and married her on the spot. In addition to being wed to Rockwell, Conger also won 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.[6] 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 the show aired, Conger made numerous public comments about how she was offended by Rockwell's forcibly kissing her on stage, that they never consummated their marriage, and how the entire episode went against her morals.[7] She then posed nude for Playboy magazine in August 2000.[3] In February 2001, Conger and Rockwell appeared on The Larry King Show and sparred over comments each of them had made about the other, but Conger also said that she should not have appeared on the program at all and was harsh in her statements about Rockwell.

Later life

Conger faced Olga Korbut on an episode of Celebrity Boxing which aired on May 22, 2002. Conger won by unanimous decision.[2][8]

She later married physician assistant Jim Arellano in 2003,[9] with whom she had one son, Cassius, who was later diagnosed with autism. They divorced in 2009 and she and her son live in Northern California while she works as a nurse anesthetist.[10]


  1. St. Louis – Best Of – Best Local Girl Made Bad – Darva Conger (2000), riverfronttimes.com; accessed November 23, 2017.
  2. Napoleon, Dr. Anthony (2003). Awakening Beauty: An Illustrated Look at Mankind's Love and Hatred of Beauty. Virtualbookworm.com. p. 60. ISBN 1589393783.
  3. Huff, Richard M. (2006). Reality Television. Praeger. pp. 133–134. ISBN 0275981703.
  4. "Darva Conger: A Wrong Turn at the Altar Led to Wedding Bell Blues—and a Silver Lining". People/Time Inc. 2000-12-25. Retrieved 2015-04-02.
  5. Hallenbeck-Huber, Marjorie (2010). Celebrities' Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Lavish Lifestyles, Tabloid Tidbits, and Other Superstar Oddities. Potomac Books Inc. ISBN 1597975109.
  6. Oppliger, Patrice (2008). Girls gone skank: the sexualization of girls in American culture. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland and Company Inc., Publishers. p. 156. ISBN 9780786435227.
  7. Sagert, Kelly Boyer; Overman, Steven J. (2006). Icons of Women's Sport. Greenwood. p. 320. ISBN 0313385483.
  8. Norm Clarke (2002-11-24). "NORM!: Conger back in Vegas for bachelorette party". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2007-06-29.
  9. "Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? Darva Conger's Life After Reality TV". People Magazine. 2010-09-10. Retrieved 2011-02-28.
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