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Gladys Portugues

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30, 1957
New York City, NY
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New York City, NY


American former professional female bodybuilder and actress. She is best known for placing twice in the top 10 in the Ms. Olympia contest. 

Before Fame

She was inspired to start her own career in bodybuilding and weight training while attending Marymount Manhattan College. There, she saw Rachel McLish on television winning the Ms. Olympia title. 


In addition to her bodybuilding, she has also written several books about techniques and tips in exercising and living a healthy life. 

Family Life

She married Belgian actor and martial artist Jean-Claude Van Damme. They have two children, Kristopher and Bianca. 

Associated With

She appeared in the film The Morning After where she starred alongside cinema legends including Jane FondaJeff Bridges, and Raul Julia