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Robin Christensen Roussimoff is famous for being the only daughter of the legendary wrestler, André René Roussimoff AKA Andre the Giant.
Roussimoff was born to Andre and his former partner, Jean Roussimoff. Robin barely met his father since his parents separated soon after her birth.
Here’s more about Robin!
Met Her Father Five Times
Robin Christensen Roussimoff got the chance to meet her father, Andre the Giant only a few times. According to her, she met her father only five times. She first saw him during infancy, then when she was 18 months old, 4 years old, and 12 years old. She saw her father for just five minutes in November 1991.
A year later, on the Christmas of 1992, she spoke to her dad on phone for the last time. Andre died a month after, on January 27, 1993, in a Paris hotel room. He died of congestive heart failure.
Relationship with Father
Robin Christensen Roussimoff lived with her mother after her parents’ separation. This might be one of the reasons why she couldn’t have a close relationship with her father.
While talking with Mandatory, she revealed that she couldn’t have a great relationship with her father mostly because he was always on the road.
I was not on the road with my Dad. If anything, he had me as far away from that industry as possible. We, unfortunately, did not have that great of a relationship. Mostly because he was on the road so much. I think it came to like 298 days out of the year in his prime. Like a lot of people in that industry he led a very gypsy-like lifestyle. He lived out of a suitcase. Because of that we never really got a chance to form a relationship.Robin on why she couldn’t have a great relationship with her dad.
Meanwhile, her father didn’t accept her initially and took her to a paternity test. The test proved that she was his child. Andre had a rare condition called, Acromegaly, which decreased the chances of fertility. This might be the reason why he chose to test his daughter’s DNA.
Robin Christensen Roussimoff’s parents, Andre and Jean Roussimoff met each other for the first time in the mid-1970s and soon started dating. They got married in a private ceremony held in Canada. Her mother used to work as a costume designer at that time.
Andre and Jean went separated ways soon after Robin’s birth.
The Eighth Wonder of the World, André René Roussimoff died at the age of 46 on January 23, 1993, due to congestive heart failure in a Paris hotel room while in sleep. He went to Paris to attend his father’s funeral and stayed longer to be with his mom on her birthday. His body was cremated and his ashes were scattered in his Ellerbe, North Carolina ranch.
Robin and her mother were informed about Andre’s death a month later.
Helped to Make Father’s Biopic
Although Robin Christensen Roussimoff didn’t have a good bonding with her father, Andre the Giant, she made the effort to know more about him and contacted his close circle. While trying to learn more about her father, she met Chris Sarandon and Cary Elwes.
Lion Forge Comics announced to make a movie on Andre’s life based on the 2015 biography, Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven in May 2016. Robin was the consultant for the movie. The documentary movie, Andre the Giant was released on HBO on April 10, 2018.
Prior to that, Robin had helped author Brandon Easton write, Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven. On Amazon, the book costs $11.39 (Kindle) and $9.84 (Paperback).
Inherited $10 Million after Her Father’s Demise
Robin Christensen Roussimoff inherited $10 million after the death of her father. It was written on his will.
Her father earned most of his income from his career as a wrestler. In the 1974 Guinness Book of World Records, he was named the highest-paid wrestler as he made $400,000 within a year.
Andre also worked as an actor.
- Conan the Destroyer – $26.4–31 million
- Micki & Maude – $26.2 million
- The Princess Bride – $30.9 million
Her mother worked as a costume designer and photographer. She owned a shop called, Andre’s Bodacious Babe Costumes.
While talking about Robin’s profession, she is serving at DSW Designer Show Warehouse in Lynnwood, Washington since 2019.
Robin Christensen Roussimoff has several tattoos on her body. She has her father’s image on her right arm. Similarly, there’s something written in French on her collarbone. She also has tattoos on both of her hands.
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