Matilda the Hun, wrestling icon and ‘Spaceballs’ actor, dead

The wrestling community is morning the loss of California GLOW icon Deana Booher — better known by her ring aliases Matilda the Hun and Queen Kong — who died Friday at 73, the WWE confirmed in a statement.

“We are saddened to learn that Deanna Booher, better known as ‘Matilda The Hun’ and beloved by fans all over the world, passed away at the age of 73,” they wrote. “Our sincerest thoughts are with her family, friends and those affected by her passing. … WWE extends its condolences to Booher’s family, friends and fans.”

As of yet, Booher’s cause of death has not been revealed.

Born in 1951 in Los Angeles, the legendary heel got her start in the 1980s as an amateur mud wrestler, where she grappled with both men and women. Her first pro wrestling match was against a 700-pound bear.

Members of the original GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling) Andrea The Giant, Sunny The California Girl aka Patricia Summerland, MTV aka Eileen O’Hara, Matilda The Hun aka Dee Booher, Daisy aka Helena LeCount, Roxy Astor aka Tracee Meltzer and guest in 2018.
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From there, the 6-ft-3, 315-pound glamazon went on to wrestle for the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling (GLOW) for two years, where she was frequently pitted against the 350-pound Mountain Fiji (real name Emily Dole). Booher’s signature moves were the backbreaker — dropping her rivals on her knee — and the Big Splash, in which the GLOW star would belly flop onto a prone opponent.

Not just a ring star, Matilda The Hun also appeared in such films as “Spaceballs,” “Brainsmasher,” “A Love Story” and “Theodore Rex.” Meanwhile, Booher’s TV credits included “In Living Color” and “Married….with Children.”

“We’re extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Deanna Booher also known to fans as Matilda the Hun of GLOW,” tweeted one devastated fan. “Many consider her the original female ‘monster heel’ due to her size and charisma. A title she lovingly embraced.”

Another wrote, “RIP Deanna Booher I feared you more than the male heels when I was a kid. In retrospect, that’s how good you were.”

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