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Overview (3)

Born in Wilmington, Delaware, USA
Birth NameCynthia Ann Christine Rothrock
Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Cynthia Rothrock was born on March 8, 1957 in Wilmington, Delaware, USA as Cynthia Ann Christine Rothrock. She is an actress and producer, known for Cui hua kuang mo (1993), Honor and Glory (1993) and Above the Law (1986).

Trade Mark (2)

Frequently handcuffs or ties up her opponents in fight scenes
Many characters that she plays state they're from Scranton, Pennsylvania, where Rothrock actually grew up.

Trivia (21)

She was the undefeated middleweight Kickboxing/Weapons lady champion for five consecutive years.
Began training when she was 13.
Favorite male co-star is Yuen Biao for their similarity in style and timing.
Has five black belts in Korean and Chinese martial arts.
Guest at the 2001 San Diego ComicCon's 4th Annual Kung Fu Superhero Extraveganza.
Is dual citizen of the USA and Hong Kong.
Five time undefeated World Karate Champion in Forms & Weapons (1981-1985).
Was first woman cover subject of a martial arts magazine, appearing on both "Inside Kung Fu" and "Black Belt" magazines.
She was the inspiration behind the character "Sonya Blade", who featured in the game Mortal Kombat.
Cynthia is an only child, as is her daughter Skylar.
Daughter's full name: Skylar Sophia Rothrock.
Has black belts in 5 different systems: Tang Soo Do and Tae Kwon Do (both Korean), as well as Wushu, Eagle Claw Kung Fu, and Northern Shaolin Kung Fu (all three Chinese).
Trademark: Scorpion Kick
Has co-owned and operated two martial arts schools in Los Gatos, California. The first was destroyed in a fire in 1986, with the second opening only three days later.
Holds a 7th degree black belt in Tang Soo Do, a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and black sashes (Chinese equivalent of a black belt) in Eagle Claw Kung Fu, Northern Shaolin Kung Fu, Pai Lum Tao Kung Fu, and Wushu.
In between filming Huang jia shi jie (1985) and Shanghai Express (1986), Rothrock ripped the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee. Turning down the option of reconstructive surgery because of her tight filming schedule, she amazed doctors by continuing to work without adverse effects. While the injury would normally have caused recurring dislocation of the kneecap, a study on her leg revealed that Rothrock's quadriceps and hamstrings were so strong that they held her kneecap in place even without the aid of the ligament. As of June 2012, Rothrock still had not undergone reconstructive surgery.
Teaches private martial arts lessons at her martial arts studio in Studio City, California. [November 2004]
In talks to star in an English horror film and tentatively planning her autobiography. [July 2010]
Is seeking financing for a film she plans to shoot with Richard Norton tentatively titled "Downward Facing Dog". [December 2009]
Is an authorized instructor of the Fighting Chance Combat Systems (FCCS) - the self-defense style developed by Jeff Moldovan.
Induced into the International Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

Personal Quotes (3)

[on Kenneth Branagh] You know, he'd make a great action movie director. I'd love him to direct one of my movies. But I can forget that, right?
[on her male following] The ones who have a crush on me say, "If you don't marry me, nobody else will marry you because I'll make sure of it." Of course, I know I could take anyone who came up to me, but I don't want to hurt someone. And I don't want to get a lawsuit.
I weigh about 111 pounds, and the public feels that you have to be big and strong, but it actually doesn't matter what your body weight is as long as you know the correct technique and know where to hit.

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