Even when his giant size was taking its toll causing unbearable strains in the wrestler’s joints and bones, folks were still curious to find out a thing or two about André the Giant’s wife. The legendary wrestler gave all of himself to entertain the world. Despite being born with acromegaly, a condition that kept his body growing uncontrollably, André smiled through his illness and disability. Away from his accomplishments as a professional wrestler, the gentle French giant proved that he was truly larger than life. Here’s all you should know about his marriage and lineage.
André the Giant’s Wife, Who Was He Married To?
André René Roussimoff was a gentle soul with a large heart. The giant was born on May 19, 1946, in Grenoble. Growing up, he was just a country boy who craved for a normal life. Though André was also dubbed a ladies man, the wrestler’s heart was once stolen by Jean Christensen. André the Giant’s wife was a former high school wrestler who worked as a stage manager in the music industry right after her graduation. Jean later ventured into the wrestling business as a photographer and seamstress following a car accident that left her with injuries.
It was during this time and at the height of Roussimoff’s wrestling career in the mid-1970s that he met Jean Christensen of Lynnwood. André the Giant married his wife in a private ceremony in Canada and for reasons best known to them, they didn’t register their marriage license in any other country.
Christensen’s passion for sewing and costume designs made her return to the classrooms later to study fashion design, marketing, as well as manufacturing techniques. After learning to sew properly, Jean made clothes for her huge famous husband and also introduced colorful gears to the wrestling industry.
However, in the late 1970s, Roussimoff and Christensen called it quits and the reason for their divorce remains a mystery to date. While Andre’s career moved on to greater heights, his seamstress wife dissociated herself from the wrestling business for about two decades. But she never really got over her ex-husband. Even after André the Giant’s death, Christensen joined the WWE and other industry stakeholders to honor the legendary wrestler’s legacy.
Not only did the seamstress later open a costume shop in her name and that of her late ex-husband, but she was also too attached to some of his personal items, like the French giant’s size 28E shoes she kept. Christensen continued to make wears for big names in the entertainment industry in her André’s Bodacious Babe Costumes shop in Shoreline until she passed away in 2008.
Did They Have Any Children?
André the Giant married Jean Christensen when he was already a superstar and they had a child together. Their daughter Robin Christensen was welcomed in 1979. Of course, there was a good chance their daughter might be as tall as André, thankfully, she did not inherit his burden of acromegaly.
The gentle giant’s profession took a toll on his parental responsibilities and Robin grew up rarely seeing her father. In fact, their relationship was so poor that Robin reportedly saw her famous father only about five times before his untimely demise. While the 6 feet tall Robin was a bit more willing to discuss André in her early life, she now consciously avoids the subject and is more media evasive these days.
Besides the fixed sum André the Giant willed to the caretaker of his ranch and ex-wife, his daughter Robin became the sole benefactor of the wrestler’s estate. Robin was disconnected from the wrestling world and did not know her famous father very well in his lifetime. But she later learned more about his personality from some of André’s acquaintances in wrestling and Hollywood circles whom she contacted after his death. Particularly, her father’s Princess Bride co-star, Chris Sarandon, was very helpful with information about her dad.
Though André the Giant’s daughter tries to shy away from his fame, she now officially represents him in any posthumous dealings. While maintaining a very professional relationship with WWE, Robin Christensen remains the key permit for licensing, books, documentaries, movies, promotions, royalties, or any other project surrounding André’s legacy.
Andre’s daughter who reportedly resides in Seattle admits that the wrestler’s stardom came with some high prices. According to Robin, it has caused her some dating issues. Since she mostly maintains a low profile, it is unclear if Robin is currently in a relationship or married.