Born July 12, 1951

Few women have sustained the unique combination of high-level contest success and the breathtaking presentation of physical artistry that Diana Dennis brought to the sport. Often admitting she was obsessed with winning; Diana counterbalanced that desire by preferring to call herself a performance artist who was also a bodybuilder.

This love of art and use of her own physique as the canvas set her apart from virtually all her contemporaries. Beginning her contest career in 1981, Dennis achieved much of her early fame in mixed-pairs competitions with her partner Kevin Lawrence: the duo won various titles, including the 1983 IFBB American Mixed-Pairs Championships and the 1985 IFBB World Amateur Mixed-Pairs crown.

Dennis won the overall title at the 1985 National Physique Committee Nationals and finally emerged as a true physique star in her own right. Over the next decade, Dennis competed in nine IFBB Ms. Olympia contests, finishing as high as third, but always in a high level of physical condition to go with her patented flare for the artistic.

As a pro, Dennis helped quench her desire for victories by capturing the 1986 IFBB Los Angeles Pro Grand Prix and the 1989 IFBB Pro World Championships. As a posing trendsetter throughout her career, Diana Dennis has continued to be popular and highly sought after as a guest poser nationally.

If legends are created by the memory they have to those who were fortunate enough to see them perform, Diana Dennis stands as a quintessential example of the word. Dennis once explained, “What I do comes from the heart. Passion for what I do is what drives me. My body is just the tool I use to display it.” No one did better.


Hall of Fame Inductees for 2001