Marla Maples Trump

Marla Ann Maples is an American actress and television personality. Maples was the second wife of Donald Trump. They married in 1993 and divorced in 1999.

Marla Maples Trump
Marla Maples Trump

Born on October 27, 1963 in Georgia, former beauty pageant contestant Marla Maples moved to New York City in 1985 to become an actress. However, her professional ambitions were overpowered by her personal ones when, at the age of 26, she met real estate mogul Donald Trump in 1989 and began a torrid affair while he was still married to first wife Ivana Trump. Amid much tabloid gossip, the Trumps divorced, and Donald married Maples in 1993, shortly after the birth of their daughter Tiffany Trump. Since divorcing Trump in 1999, Maples has continued acting and working as a television personality.

Maples was at the center of one of the biggest tabloid scandals of the late 80s and early 90s: the bitter divorce between Donald and Ivana Trump. The Trumps’ marriage took a nosedive when Ivana got wind of Donald’s preoccupation with the Southern belle, along with rumors he was housing her at his expensive properties free of charge. According to Ivana’s 2017 book, Raising Trump, she met Maples for the first time while having lunch with her kids at a ski resort in Aspen. The face-to-face encounter between the women signaled the dissolution of the Trumps’ marriage and the start of highly publicized divorce proceedings that became fodder for the New York gossip columns — the scoop first issued by famed columnist Liz Smith. Once Donald and Ivana finalized their divorce in 1992, Maples and Donald married in December 1993, amid a throng of a thousand guests at the famous Plaza Hotel in New York.

But the couple’s marriage did not last; after six years together, Trump and Maples divorced in 1999. Maples raised their daughter Tiffany as a single mom, moving to Calabasas, California to protect her daughter from the spotlight.

“Her daddy is a good provider with education and such, but as far as time, it was just me,” Maples told People during an interview in April 2016. “Her father wasn’t able to be there with day-to-day skills as a parent. He loves his kids. There’s no doubt. But everything was a bit of a negotiation.”

Around the same time, Maples appeared on Access Hollywood and candidly opened up about why the couple’s marriage didn’t survive. “I think you always hope in a marriage that you can bring the best out in each other,” she confessed. “But after many years, we realized we weren’t. And then, you have to move on. You know girls when we’re in our twenties. We want to change the men we’re with, we think that love is going to make them a little softer, and you think, ‘I will learn how to speak out stronger for what I believe in.’ Because I’m a Southern girl and I often just smile and keep on going. But I have my own thoughts and my own views, and it’s time now to express them.”

Marla Maples was born in Cohutta, Georgia on October 27, 1963 as an only child in a strict Baptist household. In high school she was athletic and popular, playing on the basketball team and crowned homecoming queen during her senior year.

After high school, Maples entered a variety of beauty pageants and became first-runner up in the 1984 Miss Georgia USA contest.

Embarking on an acting career, Maples had minor roles in a number of television and film projects. In the 90s she appeared on network shows such as Designing Women, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Spin City and The Nanny. On the big screen she was cast in Executive Decision (1996), Happiness (1998) and Black and White (1999).

In 1992 Maples also took to the stage. She played “Ziegfeld’s Favorite” in the Broadway musical The Will Rogers Follies, and years later, took a role in the off-Broadway production Love, Loss and What I Wore, in 2011.

More recently, Maples was a 2016 contestant on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, ultimately landing in 10th place with her dancing partner Tony Dovolani, and that same year served as a guest host on The View.

Ivana Trump

Ivana Trump is a former model and wife of Donald Trump who was born in Gottwaldov (now Zlín), Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic), in 1949. She and Trump were part of New York City’s social elite during the 1980s. The two split in 1990 and Ivana won a $20 million divorce settlement. She later published The Best Is Yet to Come: Coping With Divorce and Enjoying Life Again. In it, she advised divorcees to “take his wallet to the cleaners.”

Ivana Zelníčková was born on February 20, 1949 in the Moravian town of Zlín (formerly known as Gottwaldov), Czechoslovakia, the daughter of Miloš Zelníček (1927–1990) and Marie Zelníčková (née Francová). From the age of 13, her father nurtured and encouraged her skiing talent. In the early 1970s, she attended Charles University in Prague.

Ivana Trump
Ivana Trump

According to Trump, she was selected as an alternate on the Czechoslovak ski team during the 1972 Winter Olympics, her specialties being the downhill and slalom. Czechoslovakia did not send an alpine squad to the 1972 Winter Olympics. In 1989, Petr Pomezný, Secretary General of the Czechoslovak Olympic Committee, said, “Who is this Ivana woman, and why do people keep calling us about her? We have searched so many times and have consulted many, many people, and there is no such girl in our records.”

In 1971, Zelníčková married Austrian ski instructor Alfred Winklmayr to obtain Austrian citizenship to be able to leave Communist Czechoslovakia without defecting and being therefore unable to return to visit her parents. She received her Austrian passport in March 1972 and, as Ivana Winklmayr, in 1973 obtained an absentee divorce from Alfred Winklmayr in Los Angeles, California, where he had moved to teach skiing. After her then boyfriend George (Jiři) Staidl was killed in a car accident in 1973, Ivana moved to Canada where she lived with George (Jiři) Syrovatka whom she had dated since 1967; he had defected to Canada in 1971 and owned a ski boutique in Montreal. For the following two years, she lived in Montreal, improved her English by taking night courses at McGill University,[citation needed] and worked as a model. Her modeling jobs included promoting the 1976 Summer Olympics that were being hosted in Montreal.


Ivana and Donald Trump, 1985
In this capacity Ivana was in New York City with a group of models in 1976 where she met Donald Trump. Donald Trump and Ivana M. Winklmayr were married in 1977 in a lavish wedding officiated by Norman Vincent Peale. Donald and Ivana Trump became leading figures in New York society during the 1980s. They worked on several large projects, including the renovation of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City, construction of the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and the Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

They had three children: Donald Trump Jr. (born December 31, 1977), Ivanka Trump (born October 30, 1981), and Eric Trump (born January 6, 1984). Donald Jr. learned to speak fluent Czech (with help of his maternal grandfather), while daughter Ivanka has only basic understanding of her mother’s native tongue and Eric was not exposed to the language because at the time of his birth his grandparents were already comfortable enough in using English. Ivana has nine grandchildren.

Ivana took a major role in The Trump Organization. She became the Vice President of Interior Design for the company, leading the signature design of Trump Tower. Afterwards, her then-husband appointed her to head up the Trump Castle Hotel and Casino as president. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1988.

In October 1990, Ivana Trump’s 63-year-old father died suddenly from a heart attack. According to The Guardian, her father – Miloš Zelníček – was an informer for Czechoslovakia’s Státní bezpečnost (StB) intelligence service and relayed information from Ivana Trump, including a prediction that George HW Bush would win the 1988 presidential election. Ivana stood side-by-side with her husband Donald at the funeral in Zlín. Jaroslav Jansa, codename “Jarda” and secret collaborator to the StB also attended the funeral. That Christmas, when the family was on vacation in Aspen, Colorado, Ivana Trump encountered Marla Maples who would later become Donald’s second wife.

The Trumps’ divorce proceedings appeared on New York tabloid newspapers’ covers for 11 days in a row, and Liz Smith wrote about nothing else for three months. In a deposition relating to their divorce, she accused Donald J. Trump of rape and of pulling out handfuls of her hair. In Harry Hurt III’s book Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump, Ivana Trump confirmed that she had “felt violated”. However, in a statement provided by Donald J. Trump and his lawyers, Ivana Trump stated that she did use the word “rape”, but that she did not “want [her] words to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense.” Their divorce was granted in 1990 on the grounds of “[c]ruel and inhuman treatment by Mr. Trump”. A condition of settlement was that she not talk about their marriage without his permission.

In 1995, she married Riccardo Mazzucchelli. She filed a $15 million breach of contract suit against Mazzucchelli for violating the confidentiality clause in their prenuptial agreement. In 1997, Mazzucchelli sued Ivana and Donald for libel.

In the summer of 1997, she began dating Roffredo Gaetani; that continued until his death in 2005.

In April 2008, Ivana, then 59, married Rossano Rubicondi, then 36. The $3 million wedding for 400 guests was hosted by ex-husband Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate. Daughter Ivanka Trump was her maid of honor. On December 1, 2008, Ivana confirmed to the Associated Press that she had filed a legal separation agreement three months previously; she has stated in interviews that she and her husband have an on-again/off-again relationship. In December 2009, she said she had filed for divorce from Rubicondi; the couple has continued to be seen together as recently as May 5, 2018.

Melania Trump

Melania Trump is a Slovenian-American former fashion model and the current first lady of the United States, by virtue of her marriage to President Donald Trump.

Melania Trump was born on April 26, 1970 in Slovenia. At age 16, she began what would soon become a highly successful modeling career, appearing in many high profile ad campaigns and working with some of the best photographers in the fashion industry.

Melania Trump
Melania Trump

In 1996, Mrs. Trump moved to New York and ten years later, she proudly became a United States Citizen. Mrs. Trump has always been an active member of her community. In 2005, she was Honorary Chairwoman for the Martha Graham Dance Company. That same year, she was awarded Goodwill Ambassador by the American Red Cross—a role she served in for four years. Mrs. Trump served five years as Honorary Chairwoman for the Boys’ Club of New York and was named Woman of the Year in 2006 by the Police Athletic League. Mrs. Trump has participated in National Love Our Children Day and National Child Abuse Prevention month, ringing the closing bell at NASDAQ.

In 2010, Mrs. Trump was the Chairwoman for the American Heart Association, which raised $1.7 million for research. That same year she launched her own jewelry collection.

While Melania Trump became a household name in modeling and a contributing member of her community, she is first and foremost a mother and wife, and in 2017, Melania Trump made the White House and Washington home for her family.

In her role as First Lady, Mrs. Trump focuses her time on the many issues affecting children. An unwavering characteristic of the First Lady is her aptitude for showing love and compassion in all that she does. Mrs. Trump spends much of her time meeting with children who are patients at hospitals and care centers. Recently, she took valentines to the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Over the Easter holiday, she made a surprise visit to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Palm Beach, Florida, bringing Easter baskets to the children. Following the devastating hurricanes last year, Mrs. Trump visited Texas to meet with families that suffered greatly under Hurricane Harvey. In the wake of two horrendous mass shootings, Mrs. Trump traveled with her husband to Las Vegas and Parkland to be with the victims and families in their times of need. Internationally, Mrs. Trump has visited several hospitals and schools. One of her most memorable visits being at the Pediatric Hospital Bambino Gesu in the Vatican City, where she met a boy who had been waiting for a new heart. Upon arrival in Belgium the following day, Mrs. Trump learned that the hospital had found a transplant for the boy–Mrs. Trump celebrated the news in a press statement and said “my own heart is filled with joy over the news.”

As First Lady, Mrs. Trump has made multiple visits to schools—both foreign and domestic. From participating in a Viking huddle class, which focuses on emotional learning at Orchard Lake Middle School in Michigan, to taking the Queen of Jordan to Washington, D.C.’s first public charter school for girls at Excel Academy in Southeast, Mrs. Trump is always bringing children to the forefront of her agenda. While traveling abroad, Mrs. Trump visited the American International School in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with Education Minister Ahmed Al Eissa, and took a calligraphy lesson with local children at Kyobashi Tsukiji Elementary School with Mrs. Abe while visiting Japan. Earlier this spring, Mrs. Trump invited a group of local students to the White House so she could talk with them, hear their stories, and understand the issues they are challenged with today. Mrs. Trump addresses those issues each opportunity she gets. From Governors’ spouses’ luncheons to the United Nations General Assembly, Mrs. Trump puts the emphasis on children and how we can protect them, teach them, and empower them.

In the midst of the opioid epidemic, Mrs. Trump has utilized her platform as First Lady to raise awareness about the dangers of opioid abuse—notably the devastating effects it has on infants and unborn babies. Mrs. Trump traveled to Huntington, West Virginia, where she visited Lily’s Place, the Nation’s first nonprofit infant recovery center that prioritizes the whole family to ensure infants born dependent on drugs are given the best opportunity to thrive. More recently, in February, Mrs. Trump traveled to Ohio to visit Cincinnati Children’s, a leading pediatric hospital where she learned more about the ongoing research around neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)—a harmful result of drug abuse in pregnant mothers. Mrs. Trump has participated in multiple opioid summits and continues to work with the Administration on raising the awareness of opioid abuse and how we can better protect children from it.

On May 7, Mrs. Trump launched BE BEST—an awareness campaign focused entirely around the well-being of children. The campaign has three pillars, which represent key areas of concern for Mrs. Trump: well-being, which includes the social and emotional health of children; social media, and understanding both the positive and negative effects it has on our children; and opioid abuse, and how to protect our most vulnerable from the effects of drug abuse while educating parents about the detrimental effects of opioids.

After the launch, the First Lady is dedicated to carrying out her BE BEST campaign.