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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 3 June 1925Culver City, California, USA
Date of Death 20 March 2006Los Angeles, California, USA  (cerebral hemorrhage)

Mini Bio (1)

Maria Bernardi was born on June 3, 1925 in Culver City, California, USA. She died on March 20, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.

Trivia (4)

Leading female wrestler in the 1940s and 1950s labeled "The Tigress" for her fierce nature and moxie.
Daughter of L.A. professional wrestler Nick Bernardi who initially brought Maria to his training sessions. She began professionally competing at age 12 in Jacksonville, Florida (successfully bypassing the laws).
Belonged to the famous retired wrestler group the "Cauliflower Alley Club" and served as its secretary for three decades. Actor and former wrestler Mike Mazurki was the founder and Maria was the first woman to ever receive an award from the club in 1985.
Won her first title (Italian Lightweight) in 1948. Won the World's Lightweight Women's championship in 1952 and continued to defend her belt until retiring in 1963.

Personal Quotes (1)

I fought like a dog for female wrestlers to make as much money as the men. If you can't call that woman's lib, I don't know what the hell it is.

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