• Darcy LaPier is a former actress, producer, model, and award-winning professional barrel racer
• She was married to Larry Lay Robertson, Ron Rice, Jean Claude Van Damme, and Mark R. Hughes, inheriting $100 million from the latter
• She and Jean Claude Van Damme had a son, Nickolas Van Varenberg
• After Mark R. Hughes' death she moved to Oregon to start a career in barrel racing
• She has a net worth of $100 million and is active on Instagram

Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthJuly 9, 1965
SpouseBrian Snodgrass (m. 2002), Mark R. Hughes (m. 1999–2000), Jean-Claude Van Damme (m. 1994–1997), Ronald Rice (m. 1991–1993), Larry Ray Robertson (m. 1984–1993)
FactWas the Oregon representive for the Hawaiian Tropic Beauty Contest in 1985.

Who is Darcy LaPier?

Darcy LaPier was born 21 July 1965, in Molalla, Oregon, USA, so her birth sign is Cancer and she holds American nationality. She is a former actress, producer and a model. Even though high-profile marriages are the most prominent detail about her life, in the last two decades she’s transformed herself  into one of the top award-winning professional barrel racers.

Darcy graduated from Portland (Oregon ) University, and studied drama at the University of Oregon and Huntington Film Institute in Florida

Acting Career

Besides modeling, she dabbled in acting as well, with supporting parts in minor movies between 1988 and 1999.

Some of those are ‘Think Big’, ‘Double Trouble’  and Street Fighter’ alongside Jean Claude Van Damme.  In 2013 she came back into public focus as the star and executive producer of A&E’s reality TV show ‘Rodeo Girls’ , which followed a group of rodeo veterans and rookies driven by the singular goal of winning as they travel the country with their horses.

Marriage 1#

In 1984 at the age of 19, she married  Larry Lay Robertson. Driven by the wish to step into the Hollywood scene, she began attending beauty pageants, and soon gained a lot of attention.

However, her ambition and her status as a married woman didn’t match at the time, so she left her husband and set off for a possible acting and modeling career; the latter was somewhat successful, as she was Miss Portland International, Raceway, Miss Budweiser, Miss Miller.

Marriage 2#

It seemed that she was not meant for small-town fame, as she dreamt of making it big. Soon she would be given a chance to taste Hollywood fame when she was chosen as a representative for the Hawaiian Beauty Contest in 1985.

As a beautiful and attractive young lady, she caught the eye of the President of the Hawaiian Tropic, wealthy mogul Ron Rice whom she ‘married’ in 1991, in a ceremony which reportedly cost $1 million. Their ‘marriage’ was blessed with a baby girl, Sterling, however, complications arose, as while she was still married to Ron Rice, she met and fell in love with the screen-action hero, Jean Claude Van Damme, who was also married at the time, to Gladys Portugues. Consequently Ron Rice filed for divorce, but learned that at the time of their marriage she hadn’t still divorced from her first husband, Larry, so Rice filed for the annulment of the marriage, and as a consequence of that, Darcy was allowed child support, but not alimony. She finally  divorced Larry in 1993.

Her marriage 3# to Jean Claude Van Damme

After the annulment of  her ‘marriage’ to Ron Rice, she and now-divorced Van Damme married in February 1994, in Bangkok, Thailand. On 10 October 1995, they welcomed a son, Nickolas Van Varenberg, but this marriage wasn’t meant to last either, and they divorced in November 1997 – apparently the relationship was rather volatile and intense, as she filed for divorce three times in three years. According to the reports, Darcy claimed that Jean Claude was an aggressive cocaine addict who would often resort to violence and beat her. She even filed for a restraining order.as well as custody of their son. As a part of the divorce settlement, she received $10 million plus child support.

Darcy Lapier

Marriage 4#

Her next marriage was to Mark R. Hughes, the founder of Herbalife, a global nutrition and weight management company. They married on Valentine’s day in 1999 in an apparently extravagent ceremony, and settled in Hughes’ 32,000-square-foot house in Malibu. As usual, the pattern for Darcy continued, as this marriage also wouldn’t last, but this time because Hughes died just one year into their marriage – he reportedly took a prescription pill, after drinking a huge amount of alcohol, making it a lethal mixture, and Darcy woke to find her husband dead. The autopsy revealed that the pill he had taken coupled with alcohol proved to be deadly. Darcy inherited $100 million from her husband’s business and estate.

After Hughes died, she took her children and moved to Oregon, where she would begin her barrel racing career.

Marriage 5#

After four unsuccessful marriages, Darcy was still determined to find the love of her life. In 2002 she married Brian Snodgrass, co-owner of Seven Dee’s Nursery. They had a child together, Madison, but again this marriage also wasn’t meant for the long run, and they divorced in 2013.

Barrel Racing

As a girl, she attended many rodeo events with her father, and soon developed a liking for it, which would drive her to learn and compete in barrel racing.

Despite her adoration of equine sports, which were instilled in her at a young age, only after the death of Hughes would she take a chance to reinvent herself, and take a shot at barrel racing. She made a risky move and moved with her children to Oregon, in hopes of training and becoming an exquisite barrel racer. Eventually, her resolve and tenacity paid off in 2004, earning the most money for a rookie. After that, she continued to add various titles and winnings to her already stacked biography.

Briefly about Jaun Claude Van Damme

Jean Claud Van Damme is a famous action star, born in 1960 in Belgium, the son of Eugene Van Varenberg and Eliana Van Varenberg.

At the urging of his father, he started training at the age of eleven at the Center National De Karate. By 1980 Van Damme had become one of the best full-contact fighters in Europe, and after a successful sports career, he ventured to the US in pursuit of his dream of becoming an actor. He had his first notable role in 1984 in the movie ‘No Retreat, No Surrender’, which kick-started a series of roles in martial arts movies that made him famous. In the late ’80s and until the mid-’90s, he had roles in several commercially successful movies- ‘Bloody Sports(1988), Kickboxer (1989), Universal Soldier (1992), and ‘Time Cop’ – the latter movie became a major international hit, grossing over $100 million. However, in the second half of the ’90s, he starred in a series of commercially unsuccessful films that hurt his career.

Even though he never managed to score a role that would top the success of the ‘Universal Soldier’, he continued to star in various minor movies throughout the last two decades.

Net worth?

As of late 2020, Darcy’s net worth has been estimated at an astonishing $100 million, most of her money coming from hefty divorce settlements. The barrel racer is also known for endorsing several brands and companies however, reliable information about her income hasn’t been revealed.

Is she active on social media?

It seems that her busy life kept her from being active on social media, but even so, she uses Instagram to post photos of her children, her barrel racing scores, and an occasional meme or two.

General Info

Full NameDarcy LaPier
Date Of BirthJuly 9, 1965
ProfessionActor, Model


SpouseBrian Snodgrass (m. 2002), Mark R. Hughes (m. 1999–2000), Jean-Claude Van Damme (m. 1994–1997), Ronald Rice (m. 1991–1993), Larry Ray Robertson (m. 1984–1993)
ChildrenSterling Rice, Nicholas Van Varenberg


MoviesOperation Delta Force 3: Clear Target, Street Fighter

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1Her second marriage, to Ron Rice, was annulled because she had not properly divorced her first husband.
2Had a son by Jean-Claude Van Damme, Nicolas Van Damme, on October 10, 1995.
3Married Jean-Claude Van Damme on February 3, 1994 in Bangkok Thailand.
4Had a daughter, Sterling Rice, by Ron Rice in 1990.
5Was married to Ron Rice who was the owner of the "Hawaiian Tropic" suntan lotion company.
6Was the Oregon representive for the Hawaiian Tropic Beauty Contest in 1985.




Operation Delta Force 3: Clear Target1998Ariana Decker (as Darcy La Pier)
Street Fighter1994Guile's Date
Double Trouble1992/IDavid's Neighbor (as Darcy La Pier)
Driving Me Crazy1991Girl with Taj
Dream Trap1990Extra
Think Big1989Donna


Rodeo Girls2013TV Series executive producer - 1 episode


Rodeo Girls2013TV SeriesHerself
Varney & Company2013TV SeriesHerself - Exec Producer, Rodeo Girls
82nd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade2013TV MovieHerself
E! True Hollywood Story2002-2009TV Series documentaryHerself
Howard Stern1996TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

House of Style1995TV SeriesHerself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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