• Cory Everson was born into a sports-oriented family, fostering her early passion for training.
  • Excelling in gymnastics and track from a young age, Cory later pursued bodybuilding, dominating with six consecutive Ms. Olympia wins from 1984 to 1989.
  • Post-retirement, she ventured into acting and hosted fitness shows, contributing to the fitness world beyond competitions.
  • Married to Dr. Steve Donia since 1998, Cory has two adopted children, underscoring her commitment to family.
  • She remains an inspirational figure in fitness, actively promoting health and wellness through social media and personal engagements.

Where is Cory Everson (bodybuilder) today? Wiki Bio

Corinna Everson was born in Racine, Wisconsin USA, on 4 January 1958, so under the zodiac sign of Capricorn and holding American nationality – she is popular for her career as a bodybuilder, while she is an actress as well. Cory hasn’t been a competitive bodybuilder for a few years now but is still working out on a daily basis.

Childhood and education

Cory was born into a sporting family with both her mother and father doing well in multiple sports – she hasn’t talked about them as she wants to keep them away from media attention but has stated on numerous occasions how they are to be credited with the birth of her passion towards training. Cory hasn’t mentioned having any siblings, which is why most of her fans believe her to be an only child.

She began with gymnastics as soon as she started attending elementary school, which eventually led her to become an avid gymnast and a track runner, while she was also very good at badminton. She was quite a popular girl at the high school she attended in Deerfield, Illinois, thanks to her attractive looks and her involvement in sports.

After she matriculated from high school, Cory enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated with a bachelor’s degree four years later.

Full NameCorinna Everson
Known ForCareer as a bodybuilder and actress
Profession/OccupationFormer professional bodybuilder, actress, fitness model
EducationBachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Net WorthMore than $600,000
SpouseJeff Everson (div. 1996), Dr. Steve Donia (m. 1998-present)
ChildrenTwo, adopted from Russia
Date of Birth4 January 1958
Zodiac SignCapricorn
Place of BirthRacine, Wisconsin, USA
Hair ColorBlond
Eye ColorBrown
Height5ft 8ins (1.72m)
WeightAround 160lbs (70kgs)
AwardsIFBB Hall of Fame (1999), Muscle Beach Venice Bodybuilding Hall of Fame (2005), Lifetime Achievement Award at Arnold Classic (2007), National Fitness Hall of Fame (2008), International Sports Hall of Fame (2012)
Notable Works/AwardsMs. Olympia winner (1984-1989), never lost a Ms. Olympia competition
HobbiesBoxing, traveling, working with animal shelters, working on farms with injured animals
Social Profile LinksTwitter, Instagram, Facebook

Career of a bodybuilder

As soon as she received her bachelor’s degree, Cory started going to the gym and focused on lifting weights. She entered her first competition in 1980 – Ms. Mid America – and then went on to pose on the stage at the IFBB North American Bodybuilding Championships in 1981.

The competition did not go as planned, as Cory was taken to a hospital due to sharp pain she felt in her left foot – she was diagnosed with blood clots, and almost had to have her foot amputated.

She didn’t allow this to slow her down, as she went on to compete at 13 shows during the next three years winning eight of them. In 1984, she competed at the NPC Nationals and won, which meant she was qualified to compete at the Ms. Olympia 1984.

Cory Everson

Cory shone during the Ms. Olympia 1984, and won the competition, winning again in the next five years. She is the only person in the history of female bodybuilding to have never lost a Ms. Olympia competition – after her final competition in 1989, she decided to no longer compete.

She became part of the IFBB Hall of Fame in 1999, and was inducted into the Muscle Beach Venice Bodybuilding Hall of Fame on 5 September 2005; in 2007 during Arnold Classic, she was given the Lifetime Achievement Award, the first woman ever to win it. In 2008, she was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame.

The most popular female bodybuilders in the world

The Ranker website has compiled a list of the most popular female bodybuilders in the world judging by the people’s votes – most of these women have made their way into numerous other industries including film, music, and wrestling. We are going to mention five of the most popular female bodybuilders out there today:

  • Nikki Fuller is holding fifth place in the Ranker’s list – her personal best at lifting is 315lb (143kg) on bench press and 1100lb (498kg) for multiple reps on leg press. She won first place at the Jan Tana Classic held in 1992;
  • Fourth place goes to Betty Pariso – she was the world’s oldest professional female bodybuilder while she was still competing. She has won numerous competitions while her recent first place was at the IFBB Tampa Bay Pro held in 2009;
  • In third place is Nicole Bass, who is also an actress, professional wrestler, and a valet – she has appeared in numerous shows, and has worked for several companies, including Extreme Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling Federation;
  • Second place goes to Lisa Marie Varon, who is a professional wrestler – she is mostly recognized thanks to her involvement in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), going by the ring name Victoria;
  • Top place goes to Chyna, who is also an actress and a bodybuilder – she entered her first competition in 1997, when she was named the ‘ninth wonder of the world’. She won the WWF Intercontinental Championship two times, and the WWF Women’s Championship once.

Cory might be a popular well-built bodybuilder, but she is nowhere to be found in the list of the most famous female bodybuilders of today, compiled by the Ranker website.

Cory’s acting career

As soon as she stopped competing in 1989, Cory turned towards acting. Her first notable role was in the “Double Impact” movie shot in 1991, alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme. Her next role was in the “Natural Born Killers” movie shot in 1994, and then “Ballistic” in 1995.

She has also appeared in several TV series, including “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” and “The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.” but only in an episode or two – she was also part of the game show “To Tell The Truth” in 1991.

Cory is the producer and host of her own fitness show entitled “BodyShaping”, and has written six books including “Strength Training for Beauty Volume 3” in 1986, “Superflex: Ms. Olympia’s Guide to Building a Strong & Sexy Body” in 1987, and “Back in Shape” in 1991.

Cory’s training and dieting plans

Cory believes that weightlifting is the key to having an amazing figure, and has shared her workout routine which she used during those years when she competed at Ms. Olympia – her exact training routine can be found on the greatestphysiques website.

When it comes to her diet, Cory has never been into following a strict diet but still believes that there are some rules to be respected, including a low intake of sugar (none would work the best) with a high intake of calories, and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Love life and relationships

Cory is more or less secretive when it comes to her love life, as she hasn’t shared much about the men she has dated in the past – she has married two times, and a few details of her marriages are public knowledge.

Cory met her former husband Jeff Everson while she was studying at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jeff was working at the University as a strength coach, and was a competitive bodybuilder which is what made Cory fall for him – they exchanged their wedding vows in 1982, and launched their own mail-ordering clothing store entitled “Sampson and Delilah”.

The two adopted a child from Russia and are both active members of the Nightlight Christian Adoptions institution which brings orphanage children from Russia and Belarus to the US for adoption.

The two divorced in 1996 for unknown reasons, but Cory decided to keep Everson as her stage name.

In 1998, she married Dr. Steve Donia who works as a cosmetic dentist – they have two kids together, both of whom were adopted from Russia.

Jeff and Cory Everson

Hobbies and other interests

Cory has always been very passionate about bodybuilding, and she has always spent most of her free time at the gym, however, she has other interests, too.

Cory has been into boxing since a very young age and had an opportunity to meet Muhammad Ali, who is considered to be one of the best boxers of all time. She was a big traveler during her 20s and 30s and traveled across most of the US while also visiting Europe and Asia, but not Africa – she enjoyed spending her time on ships and used them as her main way of travelling.

Cory is a very religious person – she believes in God and goes to church every week.

She is a big lover of animals and has worked with several animal shelters over the years. She has also worked on farms which took in hurt and severely injured animals originally supposed to be put to sleep.

Appearance and net worth

Cory is currently 66 years old. She has long blond hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 8 ins (1.72m) tall, weighs around 160lbs (70kgs), and her vital statistics are 36-24-36. She wears a shoe size eight.

According to authoritative sources, her current net worth is estimated to be more than $600,000 and is still steadily rising thanks mostly to her career as a bodybuilder.

Social media presence

Cory is quite active on several popular social media networks but is not as popular as one might have thought.

She launched her Twitter account in March 2012 and has gathered more than 2,000 followers and tweeted over 40 times, but her last tweet was published on 30 March 2013. Her Instagram account is followed by more than 35,000 people, and she’s uploaded more than 2,000 pictures onto it – she is running a Facebook page as well, which counts nearly 185,000 fans.

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  1. The photo of her in pool wearing the red bathing suit looks photoshopped. I don’t think she ever had guns that big or a back that wide.

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