Who is Ata Johnson?
Feagaimaleata Fitisemanu ‘Ata Johnson’ Maivia, was born in Hawaii, USA on 25 October 1948 – her zodiac sign is Scorpio and she holds American nationality. She’s probably only known for being the mother of the famous American actor and a former professional wrestler Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
Early life and education
Ata was raised in the US by her adoptive father Fanene Leifi Pita Maivia, and her biological mother Ofelia ‘Lia’ Fuatag but not a lot is known about them, as Ata respects their privacy, however, it’s known that they were both professional wrestlers. She hasn’t spoken about having any siblings, and is thus believed to be an only child.
Ata’s parents were wealthy thanks to their involvement in sports, and she grew up having everything a child could wish for. Upon matriculating in 1966, she chose not to enroll at a college, but to find work and financially support herself.
Ata hasn’t spoken about her career it’s believed that she was a housewife from the moment she gave birth to her son Dwayne on 2 May 1972.
She has, however, been featured in various TV shows related to wrestling. Ata made her debut appearance in a 1996 episode of the show “WWE, Raw”, while she could’ve then been seen featured in “WrestleMania 2000”, as well as in “The Late Show with David Letterman”. The year 2004 saw her appear in the documentary series “Biography”, and in 2009, she made a guest appearance in an episode of the series “Tagata Pacifika”.
Ata can also have been seen featured in numerous other WWE shows, including “Survivor Series”, “WWE SmackDown Live” and “WrestleMania XXX”.
Love life and children
Ata met the late Rocky Johnson in the late ‘60s, when he was her father’s wrestling partner, and they began dating in the early ‘70s. Even though she became pregnant and gave birth to their son, they still decided not to marry, and it was only six years later on 22 December 1978 that Rocky and Ata exchanged vows in a private ceremony attended by their closest friends and family members. They stayed together until 2003, when they divorced for unknown reasons – on 15 January 2020, Rocky died aged 75.
Rocky was an American-Canadian professional wrestler, the first black Georgia Heavyweight Champion and who, together with Tony Atlas, became the first black team to win the World Tag Team Championship in 1983. He was married once before and once after his marriage with Ata.
As of April 2021, Ata appears to be single, was once married and has a son.
Hobbies and interesting facts
Ata enjoys being in the spotlight, and has kept her son company at several of his red carpet events. She can usually be seen smiling when in his company, so the two are obviously very close.
Life hasn’t always been good to Ata. In 1987 when Dwayne was 15 years old, she was evicted from her apartment, and while driving in her car, she stopped on Interstate 65 in Nashville and walked into the middle of the road wanting to commit suicide by allowing a car to hit her. Luckily, Ata was pulled back to safety by Dwayne.
She likes to travel, and has visited various US states and a couple of European countries, such as England, Italy and France.
In her spare time, Ata likes to watch her son act – a couple of her favorite movies are the franchise “Fast and Furious”, “Jumanji” and “Central Intelligence”.
Age, height and net worth
Ata’s age is 72. She has long black hair which she usually dyes red, and brown eyes; her height is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) and she weighs around 128lbs (58kgs). As of April 2021, her net worth has been estimated at over $3.5 million, most of which she received after her divorce from Rocky, while her son Dwayne’s net worth is reputedly at over $400 million.
Who is Dwayne Johnson?
Dwayne Douglas ‘The Rock’ Johnson was born in Hayward, California USA, on 2 May 1972 – his zodiac sign is Taurus and he holds American nationality. He’s recognized as one of the best professional wrestlers in the history of the sport, as well as one of the most popular Hollywood actors, as his movies have grossed more than $3.5 billion just in North America, and more than $10 billion around the world.
Dwayne attended President William McKinley High School located in Honolulu in Hawaii, and then switched to Glencliff High School, only to eventually move to McGavock High School. He changed schools one more time before matriculating when he moved to Freedom High School in Bethlehem in Pennsylvania.
By the time he turned 18, Dwayne had been arrested on multiple occasions for theft, fighting, and other illegal activities. During these years he was physically highly active, as he played football, practiced track and field and wrestled. He then enrolled at the University of Miami on a football scholarship, and obtained his Bachelor of General Studies degree in physiology and criminology in 1995. Dwayne then launched his football career by signing a contract with the Calgary Stampeders, competing in the Canadian Football League, but this venture lasted for less than a year.
In 1996, he signed a contract with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), and on 13 February 1997 became the Intercontinental Champion after beating Hunter Hearst Helmsley.
Dwayne wrestled until 2004 when he retired for the first time, but he returned in 2007, and signed a contract with the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). He retired again on 3 August 2019.
He’s perhaps even more popular for his acting career, which he launched with an appearance in the episode “That Wrestling Show” of the critically acclaimed comedy series “That ‘70s Show”. His first notable performance was in the 2002 action adventure fantasy movie “The Scorpion King”, in which he played the lead character, while a couple of his following notable roles were in the 2003 action comedy movie “The Rundown”, the 2004 action movie “Walking Tall” and the 2007 cop comedy film “Reno 911!: Miami”.
In 2011, he was invited to play Luke Hobbs in the heist action movie “Fast Five”, which became one of the highest grossing films in the movie franchise “Fast and Furious”, andreprised his role in “Fast & Furious 6” in 2013, and “Furious 7” in 2015. In 2017, he starred in the action adventure comedy movie “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”, written by 11 people, directed by Jake Kasdan, and which also starred Karen Gilllan and Kevin Hart. It follows four high school students who have teleported into a video game, with the only way back home is to finish the game. The movie won six of the 25 awards for which it was nominated. Dwayne also starred in the film’s 2019 sequel “Jumanji: The Next Level”.
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He’s also an author, having published his autobiography in 2000 entitled “The Rock Says…” It became a New York Time’s #1 bestseller, and held its position for a couple of weeks.
Dwayne supported Barack Obama in both the 2008 and the 2012 presidential elections.
On 3 May 1997, he exchanged vows with the American businesswoman and a professional bodybuilder Dany Garcia, and on 14 August 2001 she gave birth to their daughter Simone, but in May 2008, the two’s divorce was finalized. On 18 August 2019, Dwayne married his girlfriend of 12 years Lauren Hashian. He has two daughters with his second wife: Jasmine born on 17 December 2015 and Tiana born on 17 April 2018.As of April 2021, the family of four seems to be leading a happy life together in Los Angeles, California.