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Overview (3)

Born in Racine, Wisconsin, USA
Birth NameCorinna Kneuer
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Six-time Ms. Olympia winner Corinna "Cory" Everson (née Kneuer) was born on January 4, 1959 in Racine, Wisconsin. Bodybuilder, writer, show host, trainer and writer, Cory has done it all. She lived in Deerfield, Illinois where she went to high school before later attending University of Wisconsin-Madison. She met her future husband and competitive bodybuilder Jeff Everson while at Wisconsin-Madison, whom she married in 1982. In her school years, Cory was an exceptional athlete in gymnastics, track & field and badminton.

Cory's bodybuilding career began in the early 1980s. Standing a statuesque 5'9" and weighing between 155-160 lbs during competitions, Cory won her first contest in 1980 and placed third in her second contest. She placed high throughout most of her amateur contests, with rare times placing under the top five or top ten. She reached the glorious stride of her career during the mid-1980s when she entered the Ms. Olympia contest. Her reign of dominance began in 1984 marking the first of her six title wins at Ms. Olympia. From 1984, Cory went on to win every Ms. Olympia contest up until 1989 where retired undefeated. She became a bodybuilding Hall of Fame inductee in 1999 and in 2005 by two different organizations.

What was Cory's next move after conquering the bodybuilding world? What else? Acting! She made her major film debut in 1991 sharing the screen with martial artist Jean-Claude Van Damme. While she found guest spots in various series during the 1990s, none equal the colossal impression she made when she guest-starred on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995) as the Amazonian, goddess-like, scantly-clad, powerhouse that was Atalanta. As such, this recurring character shared the screen with the titular hero played by Kevin Sorbo. Indeed, during the three memorable episodes Atalanta appeared in, she would always strive to prove to Hercules that he met more than his match in every possible way. She made her last screen appearance on an episode of Charmed (1998), where she portrayed the "Hulk" version of Paige in the episode "Hulkus Pocus" in 2005.

Cory's screen presence was not limited to films and television series. She hosted the fitness show called BodyShaping and later her own ESPN-aired show called Cory Everson's Gotta Sweat. She has also written training books since 1986, writing her last book in 1998.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: FightFan87

Family (3)

Spouse Steve Donia (1998 - present)  (2 children)
Jeff Everson (1982 - 1996)  (divorced)
Children Nina
Relatives Cameo Kneuer (sibling)

Trivia (21)

Six time Miss Olympia (1984-1989)
She won four Big Ten pentathlon titles at the University of Wisconsin.
Sister of actress Cameo Kneuer
Attended Deerfield High School, Deerfield IL
A four-sport athlete in high school (Gymnastics, Track, Badminton & Swimming) and a straight A student.
Appeared with her sister as Hulk Paige in Charmed.
In honor of her success in bodybuilding and her promotion of physical fitness in print (books & magazine articles) Television & video, Miss Everson was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame in 2009.
Co-host, with Jim, of an infomercial for the "Elite Magnassager". [2007]
Placed 1st in the 1981 Couples America.
Placed 1st in the 1982 IFBB North American (Middleweight and Overall).
Placed 1st in the 1984 American Women's Championships (Heavyweight and Overall).
Placed 1st in the 1982 Ms. East Coast (Middleweight).
Placed 1st in the 1981 Ms. Midwest Open (Tall and Overall).
Placed 1st in the 1981 Ms. Central USA (Heavyweight and Overall).
Placed 1st in the 1983 Bodybuilding Expo IV (Middleweight and Overall).
Placed 1st in the 1980 Ms. Mid America (Tall and Overall).
Placed 1st in the 1984 NPC Nationals (Heavyweight and Overall).
Placed 1st in the 1982 IFBB North American Mixed Pairs.
Placed 1st in the 1983 U.S. Bodybuilding Championships Couples.
Placed 1st in the 1984-1989 IFBB Ms. Olympia.
Adopted two children from Russia with her second husband Dr. Steve Donia, a cosmetic dentist. Their names are Boris and Nina. They adopted their first child in 2000 from a Russian orphanage and their second in 2003.

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