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  1. Billed height: 5 ft 10 in Billed weight: 170 lb Born December 27, 1970 in Rochester, New York Resides: Los Angeles Chyna (born Joan Marie Laurer; is an American actress and retired professional wrestler. A former bodybuilder, she is best known for her career with the World Wrestling Federation between 1997 and 2001, where she was known as "Chyna" and nicknamed "The Ninth Wonder of the World" (with the eighth wonder being Andre the Giant). As a child, Laurer learned to play both the violin......  Read Full Bio »

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  1. Billed height: 5 ft 10 in
    Billed weight: 170 lb
    Born December 27, 1970 in Rochester, New York
    Resides: Los Angeles

    Chyna (born Joan Marie Laurer; is an American actress and retired professional wrestler. A former bodybuilder, she is best known for her career with the World Wrestling Federation between 1997 and 2001, where she was known as "Chyna" and nicknamed "The Ninth Wonder of the World" (with the eighth wonder being Andre the Giant).

    As a child, Laurer learned to play both the violin and cello.

    Joanie Laurer left home at age 16, and went to Spain under a scholarship with the United Nations. By 1987, she had graduated high school in Spain. She spent the next five years at the University of Tampa and graduated in 1992 with a degree in Spanish Literature. During college, she also studied French and German and can hold a conversation in either language. She originally wanted to use her knowledge of foreign languages to work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the Drug Enforcement Administration. Subsequently, she joined the Peace Corps and was assigned to Costa Rica to teach literacy.

    After college, Laurer began to regularly enter fitness competitions. In 1996, Laurer competed in the New York City regional of the Fitness America.

    Joanie Laurer then trained at Wladek "Killer" Kowalski's wrestling school in Salem, Massachusetts. She debuted in the year 1995 and worked for various independent wrestling promotions as Joanie Lee.

    Laurer met World Wrestling Federation employees Triple H and Shawn Michaels in 1997. Struck by her appearance, they helped her get into the WWF. She made her WWF debut on February 16 at In Your House choking Marlena. Her original role in the company was as Chyna, the laconic bodyguard of Triple H and later D-Generation X.

    In January 1999, Chyna was the #30 entrant in the Royal Rumble, becoming the first woman ever to enter the contest.

    In late 1999, during her long feud with Jeff Jarrett, she had a match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship against Jarrett, which she lost. She then defeated Jarrett for the title in his last WWF match, a Good Housekeeping match, on October 17 at No Mercy 1999, in the process becoming the first and only woman to win the Intercontinental Championship. Laurer also held the title of WWF Womans Champion 4 times. She left WWF in 2001.

    In 2002, Laurer joined the New Japan Pro Wrestling roster. She made her first appearance at the New Japan Thirtieth Anniversary Show, refereeing a bout between the Steiner Brothers and Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kensuke Sasaki. In September and October 2002, she wrestled four matches for the promotion. After losing to Masahiro Chono on October 14, 2002, Laurer wrestled her final match on October 26, 2002, teaming with the Fake Great Muta in a loss to Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kenzo Suzuki.
    Joanie had a best selling autobiography, If They Only Knew, which peaked at #2 on the NY Times Bestsellers list

    Laurer has modeled for Playboy; the first issue in 2000 which featured a pictorial of her was one of the five best selling issues in the magazine's history. In 2002, following her departure from the WWF, Laurer also appeared in a Playboy adult documentary, entitled Joanie Laurer Nude: Wrestling Superstar to Warrior Princess, which followed Laurer on-set of her second Playboy nude pictorial.

    In early 2005, Laurer appeared on The Surreal Life, with house mates Da Brat, Jane Wiedlin, Adrianne Curry, Christopher Knight, Marcus Schenkenberg, and Verne Troyer.

    In late 2005, Laurer signed to star in a new movie entitled Illegal Aliens, Anna Nicole Smith's last movie before her death.

    On February 14, 2007, Laurer and Shane and Sia Barbi led an animal rights protest at University of California, Los Angeles.

    On the November 6, 2007 legally changed her name to CHYNA.

    Movie credits:
    Beyond the Mat (1999)
    Chyna Fitness (2000)
    Alien Fury: Countdown to Invasion (2001)
    On the Line (2001)
    Frank McKlusky, C.I. (2002)
    Joanie Laurer Warrior Princess (2002)
    Hunter: Back in Force (2003)
    Alien Tracker (2003)
    101 Reasons Not to Be a Pro Wrestler (2005)
    Just Another Romantic Wrestling Comedy (2005)
    Illegal Aliens (2006)
    The Last Guy on Earth (2006)
    Cougar Club (2006)

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