A corporate researcher from Berkeley, California...

Sandra Gore

First Appeared:
October 1987, plus the ToC in 1988 and 1 show of Super Jeopardy!

Total winnings:
$53,507 as a five-time winner; around $13,000 in the ToC; and $5,000 in SJ!

At the time I was a 5-time winner I think I was the highest-earning female but I'm positive that's long been broken.

Favorite Anecdotes:
As a result of being on Jeopardy! two fun things happened: My folks made me promise that I wouldn't tell them if I got the call to be on because they would be too nervous waiting to see how I did. That phone call to them, after I'd won the first 4 shows and $48,000, was something I'll never forget. For the first time in my life I completely knocked them speechless! "Mom, I wasn't really on a business trip to Las Vegas, I actually was winning on Jeopardy!...!"

Second, while home sick one day reading a bunch of mysteries, I discovered that one of my appearances was immortalized in the Elmore Leonard thriller Killshot. In the book, there's a scene in which the hero and his wife are watching Jeopardy! over dinner. They comment on how smart the female contestant was, and I realized that the clues they quoted were ones I had been given! I sent Leonard a fan letter identifying myself as the Jeopardy! contestant, and received a lovely author's note telling me how much he enjoyed watching me play. I'm a big fan so that meant a lot!

How has Jeopardy! changed your life?
Being on Jeopardy! definitely gave me the financial freedom to travel and even move to California, a dream I long had. It also impressed my future father-in-law (a huge fan of the show) so much that he told me he would make sure I joined his family just so he'd have someone to watch with. That was 13 years ago and he kept his word!

Did you do anything crazy with your winnings?
I didn't do anything really crazy with my winnings, but I made a lot of friends by handing out the coupons for free Hillshire Farms kielbasa, Niagara spray starch and Pompeiian olive oil that I got as parting gifts!

"After five wins in 1987, she fulfilled her dream of moving cross-country. A corporate researcher, today she's living in Berkeley, California..."

2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 1 player: $5,000.
1990 Super Jeopardy! quarterfinalist: $5,000.
1988 Tournament of Champions 2nd runner-up: $13,000.
Season 4 5-time champion: $53,507.

Sandra appeared on Now You See It in 1975, winning a Gibson appliance and some Leonard silver. She lost the the championship round to the game's returning champion, and didn't make it to the solo (bonus) round.

Sandra appeared in the following archived game:
#4717, aired 2005-02-22 Michael DupĂ©e vs. Sandra Gore vs. Jack Archey 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 1, game 10.
Sandra previously appeared on Jeopardy! as Sandy Gore in the following archived game:
Super Jeopardy! #11, aired 1990-08-25 Sandy Gore vs. Jeff Richmond vs. Bruce Fauman vs. Zeke Sevilla Jr. Super Jeopardy! quarterfinal game 9.

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