Who is Ric Flair’s wife? Wendy Barlow’s Wiki Biography
Wendy Barlow was born in Canada on 7 May 1960 – her zodiac sign is Taurus and she holds Canadian nationality. Wendy was a professional tennis player, and is also known for being the fifth wife of Ric Flair, the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) legend.
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Education and early life
Wendy was born into a sporting family, and spent her childhood in Canada while often competing at tennis tournaments in the US – her father Bob Barlow was a hockey player who competed in the National Hockey League (NHL) as a member of the Minnesota North Stars team. Her mother’s name is Marilyn, and Wendy has a brother and a sister named Hugh and Lori respectively.
Wendy was 10 years old when she became a participant in the Victoria Parks tennis program – she went on to win several Canadian Junior Tennis Championships, and at the age of 13 won the Girls’ 14 doubles playing with Lori, her sister. She won the competition again in 1974 as well as Girls’ 14 singles. In 1975, she won Girls’ 16 doubles and singles, and at the time was ranked third best under 18 player in Canada. Wendy graduated from university with a bachelor’s degree in international law in 1982.
Career as a tennis player
Turning 18 she began competing in the Girls’ 18 singles and won in both 1977 and 1978, ranking #12 internationally in the category.
She became All-American Champion in 1978, and that year played her first Wimbledon, but lost to Helen Cawley from Australia who beat her in the first round. She competed at the Dallas Women’s Professional Tournament in 1979 but lost to Chris Evert, but in 1980 she won the Canadian National Championship. In 1987, she served as the captain of the Canadian Federation Cup team, while also representing Canada in Federation Cup matches. The city of Victoria, British Columbia gave Wendy the title of the female athlete of the year 1978, while the national governing body Tennis Canada named her coach of the year in 1986. In 2003, Wendy was inducted into the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame.
Marriage with Ric and his past marriages
Wendy and Ric Flair married in September 2018, making Wendy his fifth wife. Ric is a WWE legend also known as The Nature Boy, who married his first wife Leslie Goodman in 1971- the two divorced after spending 12 years together. He married his second wife Elizabeth Harrell not long after, and the two split after 23 years of marriage – two months later, he married Tiffany VanDemark, whom he divorced three years later. His fourth wife was Jacqueline Beems in 2009, but the two divorced five years later.
The Nature Boy has two children with his first wife Leslie Goodman named Megan and David, and a son named Reid and a daughter, Ashley, with his second wife Elizabeth – Reid died in 2013 after overdosing on heroin. Ric has a granddaughter named Morgan who has recently turned 14.
Wendy has five kids of her own, and her daughter Hillary Pattenden is currently playing for the Mercyhurst Lakers women’s ice hockey team as their goaltender. Wendy has known Ric since 1993, as she worked as his World Championship Wrestling valet – Fifi the French Maid. They became engaged in 2016 after less than a year of dating.
Who is Ric Flair?
Ric Flair was born in Memphis, Tennessee US on 25 February 1949, so his birth sign is Pisces and he holds American nationality. He is best known as a retired professional wrestler who competed in WWE, while he is now working as a professional wrestling manager.
Ric was born as Fred Phillips, and while some documents read Fred Demaree and Fred Stewart, his biological parents were Olive and Luther Phillips, but he was adopted when very young by Dr. Richard Reid Fliehr who died in 2000, and Kathleen Kinsmiller Fliehr who was a journalist – she died in 2003.
Ric began practicing wrestling while attending Wayland Academy located in Beaver Dam in Wisconsin, and became a professional wrestler in 1972, having his first fight on 10 December in the American Wrestling Association (AWA). He switched to International Wrestling Enterprise (IWE) in 1973 when he competed in Japan, and joined the All Japan Pro Wrestling league.
After around 36 years in Japan, Ric retired after losing to Mr. Kennedy in February 2008, but returned for a single fight on 26 January 2013 – he was supposed to compete at the All Japan event, but had to withdraw because of poor health.
Ric has appeared in numerous TV series and shows, including the “Baywatch” TV series in 1996 and the “Stuff You Should Know” TV series in 2013 – he could also have been seen in the “Bacteriopolis” TV series, while he has lent his voice to a character in the “Uncle Grandpa” animated TV series, and to Commander Douglas Hill in the “Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 – Uprising” video game. He made his film debut appearance in “Magic Mike XXL” in 2015, and then began co-hosting “The Ric Flair Show” podcast in July 2016. He published his book “To Be the Man” on 6 July 2004.
Ric is suffering from a heart condition called alcoholic cardiomyopathy, and had to undergo surgery on 14 August 2017 during which an obstructive piece of his bowel was removed – the surgery led to serious complications such as kidney failure leading to dialysis treatment, and spent more than a month in hospital including ten days on life support before being discharged.
Wendy’s hobbies and likes
Wendy is a big fan of the film industry, and the actor and actress she enjoys watching the most are Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. Travelling is her favorite hobby, and her tennis career has taken her all around Canada, the US and Europe, while Paris is her dream holiday destination.
— Wendy Barlow (@wonderouswendy1) November 7, 2017
She also enjoys listening to music, shopping for clothes, and her favorite color is black. Wendy is taking good care of her appearance and her looks, as she is following a strict diet, but her favorite foods are still pizza, fries, and ice cream. She exercises on a daily basis, and as Ric has stated, her beach body is the only thing which is keeping him alive.
Appearance and net worth
Wendy is 59 years old. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 10ins (1.78m) tall, weighs around 149lbs (68kgs), and her vital statistics are 36-27-36. She wears shoes size nine. Her net worth is more than $500,000, while Ric’s net worth is over $3 million.