Chyna Joan Marie Laurer; December 27, 1969 died April 20, 2016 She was a professional wrestler, actress, glamour model, bodybuilder.

“Chyna” Joan Marie first rose to prominence in the professional wrestling promotion the World Wrestling Federation 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 founding member of the stable D-Generation X, she held the WWF Intercontinental Championship (the only female performer to do so) twice and the WWF Women’s Championship once. She was also the first woman to participate in the Royal Rumble and King of the Ring events, as well as to become number one contender to the WWF Championship.


She was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tokyo, Japan while she was teaching English. She was baptized on April 6th 2014.

Chyna, Mormon and Legendary Pro Wrestler Dies at the Age of 45 LDS Smile Column by John Huntinghouse

While she did have her struggles in life, she also accomplished a lot and was a top student at the University of Tampa. As partly described on her bio: Chyna graduated from the University of Tampa with a 3.9 GPA and a double major in Spanish Literature in under two years. She also studied foreign languages and can speak English, Spanish, German and French. Chyna is a true humanitarian and has served in the US Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) and the Peace Corps, helping to teach illiterate third-world children to read.


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