Ata Johnson is the proud mother of Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known by his ring name The Rock.
Ata’s son has made a name for himself as an entertainer and businessman and is a well-established figure among Hollywood’s big names. Her son wrestled under the names “Rocky Maivia” and “The Rock”, before establishing himself as an actor.
The mother-son duo are known for their close relationship. They recently grabbed headlines after it was revealed the 46-year-old star gave his lovely mother, a house! –as a Christmas gift. Check out below Ata’s top facts.
#1 Her birth name is quite complicated
Ata Johnson was born on October 25, 1948 in Hawaii, USA as Feagaimaleata Fitisemanu Maivia.
#2 She comes from a wrestling family
Ata Johnson is the daughter of late “High Chief” Peter Maivia, originally from Samoa and whom wrestled for several years in Asia and the US. Her father gained his greatest fame as a fan favorite in the WWWF (now WWE), taking on such heels as “Superstar” Billy Graham, Ken Patera, and Ivan Koloff.
#3 She is a divorcee
She was previously married to Canadian professional wrestler, Rocky Johnson. The couple remained together from 1978 until their split in 2003.
#4 She is a grandmother
Ata is the proud grandmother to his son’s three daughters, Simone Alexandra Johnson, Jasmine Johnson and Tiana Gia Johnson.
#5 She attempted suicide
The Rock opened up about the incident which took place when he was 15, earlier this year. He revealed on social media his mother attempted suicide by running into oncoming traffic. He recalled the moment he had to drag her into the car after she had stopped on Interstate 65 in Nashville –and as cars swerved to avoid her.