Gladys Portugues

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Gladys Portugues
Gladys Portugues

(1957-09-30) September 30, 1957 (age 64)
Years active1980–present
Jean-Claude Van Damme
(m. 1987; div. 1992)
(m. 1999)

Gladys Portugues (born September 30, 1957) is an American former professional female bodybuilder and actress. As a bodybuilder, she twice placed in the top 10 in the Ms. Olympia contest. She is married to Belgian actor and martial artist Jean-Claude van Damme.

Personal life[edit]

Portugues has said that she was inspired to start her own bodybuilding and weight training regimen while attending Marymount Manhattan College, when she saw Rachel McLish on television winning the Ms. Olympia title.

In 1987, at the age of thirty, Portugues married Belgian martial artist and actor Jean-Claude van Varenberg.[1] The couple divorced in 1992, but remarried in 1999. They have two children: Kristopher van Varenberg (born 1987) and Bianca Brigitte (born 1990).[2] Her husband is professionally known as Jean-Claude Van Damme. [3]


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Pumping Iron II: The Women Herself Cinecom International Films
1986 The Morning After Bodybuilder 20th Century Fox
1987 It's Alive III: Island of the Alive Waitress Larco Productions Inc.


Year Title Episodes Role
2011 Behind Closed Doors 1 season (8 episodes) Herself


  • Hard Bodies Express, Portugues, Dell; Reissue 1988, ISBN 0-440-53426-7
  • Hard Bodies, Portugues and Vedral, Dell; Reissue edition 1986, ISBN 0-440-53424-0


  1. ^ "Top 10 Most Beautiful Female Bodybuilders in 2022". Sports Virsa. 2022-01-03. Retrieved 2022-04-17.
  2. ^ Friedman, Roger (May 14, 2010). "Cannes film festival 2010: Jean-Claude van Damme plans to appear in reality TV show for A&E". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2011-03-21.
  3. ^ Ten, Top (2022-01-08). "Top 10 Best Female bodybuilders of all time". Chatkhara Sports. Retrieved 2022-01-08.

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