Marla Maples

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Marla Maples
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Marla Maples, 2007
Born (1963-10-27) October 27, 1963 (age 50)
Dalton, Georgia, U.S.
Occupation Actress, Television personality
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Donald J. Trump (December 19, 1993 – June 8, 1999; divorced) 1 child, Tiffany

Marla Maples (born October 27, 1963) is an American actress and television personality, best known for her marriage to businessman celebrity Donald Trump.

Personal life[edit]

Maples was born in Cohutta, GA the daughter of Ann, a homemaker, and Stan Maples, a real estate developer and singer. [1]

She is a distant cousin of actress Heather Locklear.[citation needed]

She attended Northwest Whitfield High School in Tunnel Hill, Georgia, where she was a basketball star.[citation needed]

Maples secretly dated Donald Trump for nearly two years starting 1986 while Trump was still married to Ivana Trump. The affair was discovered by Ivana in 1991, when she confronted Maples on a ski slope in Aspen, Colorado. The spat was well chronicled by the media and led to Ivana filing for divorce from Donald Trump. Maples went on to star in the Broadway production of The Will Rogers Follies, in which she played "Ziegfield's favorite," the girlfriend of showman, Florenz Ziegfeld. [2] In 1993, Donald Trump married Marla Maples and together they had one child, Tiffany Trump (born October 13, 1993). In 1996 and 1997 Maples hosted both the Miss U.S.A. and Miss Universe pageants for two consecutive years. [3]

She became engaged to producer Michael Mailer, son of writer Norman Mailer, after meeting him on the set of the film "Black and White," but they called off the engagement for unexplained reasons and still remain friends today.[citation needed][4] Maples is now a confirmed spiritualist and unmarried mom[citation needed] hosting of her own radio show on Contact Talk Radio the first Friday of every month.

Maples recently won a Hollywood Music in Media Award for best New Age/Ambient song for "House of Love" from her new album "The Endless." [5][6]

She is also a philanthropist, and has is heavily involved and contributes to many different organizations, particularly two non-profits: Spirituality for Kids and Kids Creating Peace. [7]


Maples has made many appearances in TV shows as well as a couple of film cameos. Two of her cameos include Executive Decision and Maximum Overdrive. She also appeared as an actress in the award-winning 1998 Todd Solondz movie Happiness and in the 1999 movie Black and White.

Marla Maples appeared as a celebrity guest at WWF WrestleMania VII in 1991, and also served as special guest timekeeper in the main event match between Hulk Hogan and defending WWF Champion Sgt. Slaughter. She guest starred in "Spin City" in 1997, and on The Nanny in 1999. [8][9]

Maples starred as "Ziegfeld's favorite" in The Will Rogers Follies on [Broadway].[10] She returned to New York in 2011 for "Love, Loss and What I Wore," an off-Broadway production. [11]

Recently Maples was featured on Oprah's hit show "Where Are They Now?" [12] She is also in a new movie coming out from Tyscot Films called "Switching Lanes" that is set to be released mid June this year. [13]


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