Linda Hogan (TV personality)

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Linda Hogan
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Hogan in 2007.
Linda Marie Claridge

(1959-08-24) August 24, 1959 (age 60)
OccupationTelevision personality
Years active1978–present
Known forWife of Hulk Hogan (1983–2009)
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
TelevisionHogan Knows Best (2005–2007)
Hulk Hogan
(m. 1983; div. 2009)
Partner(s)Charley Hill (2008–2012)
ChildrenBrooke Hogan
Nick Hogan

Linda Marie Claridge (born August 24, 1959), also known as Linda Hogan, is an American television personality, who is the ex-wife of professional wrestler Hulk Hogan. She is best known for her role on the American reality television show Hogan Knows Best.

Early years[edit]

Claridge was raised Catholic and is of Italian, German, English, and Swedish descent.[1] In 1977, she graduated from Chatsworth High School in California.[1]

She was a winning contestant on Match Game in 1978.[2]

Claridge met Terry Bollea a.k.a. Hulk Hogan in a restaurant in Los Angeles. For nearly two years, the couple had a long-distance relationship mostly over the telephone. They married in 1983 in a wedding attended by André the Giant, Vince McMahon, and other wrestling personalities.


In 1995, Claridge appeared on Hulk Hogan's album Hulk Rules, where she sang back-up vocals along with The Wrestling Boot Band.[3]

Claridge entered the spotlight in 2005 as "Linda Hogan", due to the VH1 reality show Hogan Knows Best.

A 2005 documentary DVD on street racers, called Vehicular Lunatics, includes a segment with Claridge.[4]

Claridge wrote a book, Wrestling the Hulk: My Life Against the Ropes, which was published in 2011.[5]

In October 2012, Claridge was arrested in Malibu, California for DUI while driving under the influence, with an alcohol level of 0.084. She pleaded guilty to DUI. She was released several hours later after posting bail of $5,000.[6][7][unreliable source]

She appeared on the Season 3, episode 8 of Bar Rescue.

Personal life[edit]

Claridge and Bollea have two children together, Brooke (1988) and Nick (1990). Claridge filed for divorce from Hulk Hogan on November 20, 2007.[8] The divorce was finalized on July 28, 2009.[9][10][11]

Claridge received media attention for her relationship with a much younger man, Charley Hill. Hill proposed to her on an episode of the VH1 reality television show Couple's Therapy in 2012. They began dating in 2008, when Claridge was 48 and Hill was 19.[12][13][14]


  1. ^ a b Hogan, Linda. Wrestling the Hulk: My Life Against the Ropes. New York: HarperCollins, 2011.
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  3. ^ Hulk Hogan. Hollywood Hulk Hogan (p.256)
  4. ^ "Linda Hogan appeared in a street racing DVD". 2007-11-20. Archived from the original on 2007-11-22. Retrieved 2007-11-21.
  5. ^ McKay, Hollie (July 11, 2011). "Linda Hogan's Shocking Allegations: I Was Afraid Drug-Addicted Hulk Would Kill Me". Fox News. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  6. ^ "Linda Hogan finally pleads guilty to DUI after denying that she had driven drunk". Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Linda Hogan -- Arrested for DUI". TMZ. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  8. ^ Hulk and Wife Headed for Divorce Court. November 23, 2007 Accessed 2007-11-23.
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  12. ^ "Linda Hogan, 52, and Charlie Hill, 23, split". Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  13. ^ "Linda Hogan Calls Off Cougar Engagement to Fiancé Charley Hill After Great Therapy". Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  14. ^ Cooper, Gael Fashingbauer. "Hulk's ex-wife Linda smashes engagement to much-younger fiance". Retrieved 29 June 2017.

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