• Name: Raye Hollitt
  • Height:  Feet 7 Inches
  • Weight: 61 K.G.
  • Country: United States of America
  • Years: 1989 – 1990, 1991 – 1995, 1996 (as a Contender)

Zap, who was born in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, is unique in that she was the only original Gladiator who did not try out for the show. She was the ultimate Gladiator—quick, astute, and lethal to rivals.

Zap was the pinnacle of athletic beauty when she was younger. She was the prom queen at her high school in addition to being a volleyball player and javelin thrower who placed first in the state. Her introduction to bodybuilding came from a previous partner in 1983. She placed third in her first competition, Miss Pennsylvania, three months later. Zap was set to have her career take off after relocating to Venice, California, the bodybuilding mecca. Her first significant victory came as the Overall Champion of the 1988 NPC Miss Los Angeles pageant. She then began modeling for prints, swimsuits, and fitness products. Many fitness magazines, such as Women’s Physique World, Muscular Development, and Musclemag International, have featured her body on their covers. In 1992, she announced her retirement from bodybuilding.

Before she was cast in American Gladiators, Zap was employed as a paralegal. After that, she had an acting bug and starred with John Ritter as the large, blond, seductive character in Blake Edwards’ 1989 picture “Skin Deep.” It was there that the American Gladiators producers discovered her, and the rest is history.

Even after becoming hurt in the second half, Zap was a tough opponent in Season One. Zap skipped the second season of the show in order to give birth to her daughter Teddi Rae, but she made a triumphant return for the third season! She decided to pose for Playboy and stayed a Gladiator until the conclusion of Season Six. Later, in the last season, she made a comeback for the alumni show, where she faced off as a Contender against fellow Gladiator Dallas (Shannon Hall). Hang Tough was her fave event.

Furthermore, Zap previously owned The Gym by Raye Hollitt and Powerhouse, two gyms in Pennsylvania. She used to train with fellow American Gladiator Siren (Shelley Beattie).

Her popularity as Zap also brought her cameo appearances in a number of TV series, including “JAG” (1995), “Baywatch” (1992), and “Manhunt” (2001). In addition, she made appearances in a few movies, like “Hot Shots! She is still traveling and sees her daughter frequently.

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