Biography

Chyna was a former American professional wrestler, actress, bodybuilder and pornographic film actress who was under contract to Vivid Entertainment.

Chyna first rose to prominence upon debuting in the professional wrestling promotion the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1997, where she performed under the ring name Chyna and was billed as the "Ninth Wonder of the World" (André the Giant was already billed as the eighth). A member of the stable D-Generation X, she held the WWF Intercontinental Championship (the first female wrestler to do so) and WWF Women's Championship, and was the first female wrestler to participate in the Royal Rumble and King of the Ring events. Since leaving the WWF in 2001, Chyna had wrestled sporadically, most notably with New Japan Pro Wrestling in 2002 and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling in 2011.

Laurer had a strained relationship with her family. She last saw her mother at the age of sixteen, and she claimed that her father never got over her decision not to join the FBI. She also alleged that her father took out several student loans in her name and without her knowledge, leaving her with $40,000 in debt. On an episode of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew in 2008, Laurer claimed to have a bad relationship with all of her family members, including her siblings. In September 2010, Laurer was hospitalized after overdosing on sleeping medication. As of February 2015, Laurer had reestablished a good relationship with her mother; her father died in May 2014.

Laurer taught English in Japan.

On February 9, 2015, during a WWE Network podcast with Steve Austin, Triple H mentioned that Chyna deserved to be in the WWE Hall of Fame but that problems with children Googling her prohibited it. After being in contact with Vince Russo she claimed in an interview that Triple H had hit her, which he later called a false statement.

Death

On April 20, 2016, Laurer was found dead at her home in Redondo Beach, California. She had been taking medication for anxiety and sleep deprivation. An official statement was posted to her Twitter account, saying "It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero ... She will live forever in the memories of her millions of fans and all of us that loved her."

Chyna was a former American professional wrestler, actress, bodybuilder and pornographic film actress who was under contract to Vivid Entertainment.

Chyna first rose to prominence upon debuting in the professional wrestling promotion the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1997, where she performed under the ring name Chyna and was billed as the "Ninth Wonder of the World" (André the Giant was already billed as the eighth). A member of the stable D-Generation X, she held the WWF Intercontinental Championship (the first female wrestler to do so) and WWF Women's Championship, and was the first female wrestler to participate in the Royal Rumble and King of the Ring events. Since leaving the WWF in 2001, Chyna had wrestled sporadically, most notably with New Japan Pro Wrestling in 2002 and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling in 2011.

Laurer had a strained relationship with her family. She last saw her mother at the age of sixteen, and she claimed that her father never got over her decision not to join the FBI. She also alleged that her father took out several student loans in her name and without her knowledge, leaving her with $40,000 in debt. On an episode of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew in 2008, Laurer claimed to have a bad relationship with all of her family members, including her siblings. In September 2010, Laurer was hospitalized after overdosing on sleeping medication. As of February 2015, Laurer had reestablished a good relationship with her mother; her father died in May 2014.

Laurer taught English in Japan.

On February 9, 2015, during a WWE Network podcast with Steve Austin, Triple H mentioned that Chyna deserved to be in the WWE Hall of Fame but that problems with children Googling her prohibited it. After being in contact with Vince Russo she claimed in an interview that Triple H had hit her, which he later called a false statement.

Death

On April 20, 2016, Laurer was found dead at her home in Redondo Beach, California. She had been taking medication for anxiety and sleep deprivation. An official statement was posted to her Twitter account, saying "It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero ... She will live forever in the memories of her millions of fans and all of us that loved her."

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 80

Birthday 1969-12-27

Day of Death 2016-04-20

Place of Birth Rochester, New York, USA

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Joanie Laurer
  • Chyna Doll
  • Just Joanie
  • Joanie Lee

Acting TV ShowsMovies

YouShoot: Chyna as Herself
2019 WWE Hall of Fame 2019
2017 Wrestling with Chyna as Herself
2015 WWE: Monday Night War Vol. 1: Shots Fired as Chyna
2008 Reality Bites Back (1 episode)
2008 Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew (54 episodes)
2007 Illegal Aliens as Rex
2007 The Surreal Life: Fame Games (7 episodes)
2006 Midnight Money Madness (33 episodes)
2005 The Tyra Banks Show (1 episode)
2005 WWE: Tombstone - The History Of The Undertaker as Herself
2005 101 Reasons Not to Be a Pro Wrestler as Herself
2004 Best Week Ever (1 episode)
2003 Hunter: Back in Force as Brandy Rose
2003 The Surreal Life (58 episodes)
2002 Frank McKlusky, C.I. as Freeda
2002 Robot Wars Grand Champions (23 episodes)
2001 Tracker (1 episode)
2001 WWE Divas: in Hedonism as Herself
2001 Fear Factor (1 episode)
2001 WWE Judgment Day 2001 as Herself
2001 WWE WrestleMania X-Seven as Herself
2001 WWE Royal Rumble 2001 as Herself
2000 WWE Armageddon 2000 as Herself
2000 WWE Rebellion 2000 as Herself
2000 WWE Survivor Series 2000 as Chyna
2000 WWE No Mercy 2000 as Chyna
2000 WWE Unforgiven 2000 as Chyna
2000 WWE SummerSlam 2000 as Chyna
2000 The Huntress (1 episode)
2000 WWE Fully Loaded 2000 as Chyna
2000 WWF Divas: Postcard From the Caribbean as Herself
2000 WWE King of the Ring 2000 as Chyna
2000 WWE Judgment Day 2000 as Chyna
2000 WWE Insurrextion 2000 as Chyna
2000 WWE Backlash 2000 as Chyna
2000 WWF: The Rock - The People's Champ as Herself
2000 Alien Fury: Countdown to Invasion as Ava Zurich
2000 WWE No Way Out 2000 as Chyna
2000 WWE Royal Rumble 2000 as Chyna
1999 WWE Armageddon 1999 as Chyna
1999 WWF: It's Our Time as Chyna
1999 WWE Survivor Series 1999 as Chyna
1999 WWE No Mercy 1999 as Chyna
1999 WWE Rebellion 1999 as Chyna
1999 WWE Unforgiven 1999 as Chyna
1999 Relic Hunter (1 episode)
1999 WWE SummerSlam 1999 as Chyna
1999 WWE Fully Loaded 1999 as Chyna
1999 WWE King of the Ring 1999 as Chyna
1999 WWE Over the Edge as Chyna
1999 WWE No Mercy (UK) 1999 as Chyna
1999 WWE Friday Night SmackDown (11 episodes) as Herself
1999 WWE Backlash: In Your House as Chyna
1999 WWE WrestleMania XV as Chyna
1999 WWE St. Valentine's Day Massacre: In Your House as Chyna
1999 WWE Royal Rumble 1999 as Chyna
1998 WWE Capital Carnage as Chyna
1998 WWF: The Rock - Know Your Role as Herself
1998 WWE Judgment Day: In Your House as Chyna
1998 WWE SummerSlam 1998 as Chyna
1998 WWE: D-Generation X as Chyna
1998 WWE Heat (384 episodes)
1998 WWE Fully Loaded: In Your House as Herself
1998 WWE King of the Ring 1998 as Chyna
1998 WWE Over the Edge: In Your House as Chyna
1998 Celebrity Deathmatch (1 episode)
1998 WWE WrestleMania XIV as Chyna
1998 WWE No Way Out of Texas: In Your House as Chyna
1998 WWE Royal Rumble 1998 as Chyna
1997 WWE D-Generation X: In Your House as Herself
1997 WWE One Night Only as Herself
1997 WWE SummerSlam 1997 as Herself
1997 WWE King of the Ring 1997 as Herself
1997 WWE In Your House 15: A Cold Day In Hell as Herself
1997 WWE WrestleMania 13 as Chyna
1996 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1 episode) as Mary Jo Ponder
1995 MADtv (1 episode)
1993 WWE Raw (74 episodes) as Chyna
1988 Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1 episode)

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