Marla Maples

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Marla Maples
Marla Maples LF crop.jpg
Maples in 2007
Born Marla Ann Maples
(1963-10-27) October 27, 1963 (age 54)
Cohutta, Georgia, U.S.
Alma mater Northwest Whitfield High School
Occupation
  • Actress
  • television personality
Years active 1981–present
Spouse(s)
Donald Trump
(m. 1993; div. 1999)
Children Tiffany Trump

Marla Ann Maples (born October 27, 1963)[1] is an American actress and television personality. Maples was the second wife of Donald Trump. They married in 1993 and divorced in 1999.[2][3]

Early life

Marla Maples was born on October 27, 1963, in Cohutta, Georgia, United States. Her mother, Laura Ann Locklear (1940–2014), was a homemaker and model, and her father, Stanley Edward Maples, a real estate developer.[4][5] She was diagnosed with Lyme disease as a teenager.

Maples attended Northwest Whitfield High School in Tunnel Hill, Georgia, where she played basketball, served as class secretary and was crowned the 1980–1981 homecoming queen during her senior year (she returned for the 1991 homecoming to crown the school's new queen).[6][7][8]

After graduating from high school in 1981, Maples competed in beauty contests and pageants. In 1983, she won the Miss Resaca Beach Poster Girl Contest, in 1984 she was the runner-up to Miss Georgia USA, and in 1985 she won the Miss Hawaiian Tropic.[9][10]

Career

Film, television and theater

In 1991, Maples appeared as a celebrity guest at WWF WrestleMania VII, serving as special guest timekeeper in the main event match between Hulk Hogan and defending WWF Champion Sgt. Slaughter. In that year, Maples also made a special appearance in the hit television series Designing Women as herself. In August 1992, Maples joined the cast of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The Will Rogers Follies as "Ziegfeld's Favorite", a role originated by Cady Huffman when the show opened in May 1991.[11][12]

In 1994, Maples appeared alongside Trump in a cameo appearance in an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,[13] and the television series, Something Wilder, in 1994.

Maples co-hosted the 1996 and 1997 Miss Universe Pageant, and the 1997 Miss USA Pageant.[14] She guest-starred in the television sitcoms, Spin City in 1997 and on The Nanny in May 1998.

Maples appeared in the films, Executive Decision (1996), For Richer or Poorer (1997), Happiness (1998), Richie Rich's Christmas Wish (1998), Black and White (1999), Two of Hearts (1999), Loving Annabelle (2006), A Christmas Too Many (2007) and A Nanny for Christmas (2010).

In 2011, she returned to New York for Love, Loss and What I Wore, an off-Broadway production.[15] In 2013, Maples was featured on Oprah: Where Are They Now?[16]

Since then, she appeared in Switching Lanes, directed by Thomas Mikal Ford, which won the Feature Film Silver Award in October 2015 at the Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival.[17][18]

On March 8, 2016, Maples was announced as one of the celebrities who would compete on season 22 of Dancing with the Stars alongside her Switching Lanes co-star, Kim Fields.[19] She was partnered with professional dancer Tony Dovolani.[20] Maples and Dovolani were eliminated on Week 4 of competition and finished in 10th place. Maples also joined the women of ABC's morning talk show, The View, as a guest co-host on March 11, 2016.[21]

Radio and music

Maples hosted her own talk radio show, Awakening with Marla, on Contact Talk Radio; her guests included naturopathic doctors, authors, and astrologers.[22] Maples' album The Endless, released in August 2013, is a musical journey of spiritual awakening and transformational energy, featuring thought leaders such as the Dalai Lama, Michael Beckwith, and Deepak Chopra. Each track seeks to evoke a different level of consciousness and connection, designed for deep meditation, prayer circles, or yoga sessions. In December 2012, Maples won a "Hollywood Music in Media Award" for best New Age/Ambient song, for "House of Love", from that album.[23][24][23]

Other

In 1990, Maples starred in an advertising campaign for No Excuses jeans.[25] In 1993, she designed a line of maternity clothes, sold in several major department stores.[26] In January 2000, a memoir by Maples, All That Glitters Is Not Gold, was announced by the ReganBooks division of HarperCollins Publishers. In February 2002, a spokeswoman for the publishing company said that "The author and publisher by mutual consent have agreed not to publish the book."[27]

Maples also makes personalised videos through the website Cameo.[1]

Philanthropy

Maples is committed to supporting charities and non-profit organizations and is a long-time vocal advocate of Kids Creating Peace, an organization uniting Israeli and Palestinian children.[28] She has shared proceeds of sales with those in need; she shared sales proceeds of her One World of Love album with Success for Kids, and proceeds from her auction with Linda's Stuff went to Spirituality for Kids.[29]

Personal life

Relationships

Maples is best known for her marriage to Donald Trump, beginning with a relationship initiated while Trump was married to first wife, Ivana. Maples met Trump in 1989 and had a highly publicized relationship[30] with at least one breakup.[31] Trump appeared on the front page of the New York Post eight days in a row[32][33], to Trump's amazement.[34] The couple had a daughter, Tiffany Ariana Trump, born on October 13, 1993.

The 1993 Long Island Rail Road shooting caused Trump to reevaluate his life and propose to Maples.[35] The couple married in December 1993 at New York City's Plaza Hotel in a ceremony reportedly attended by a thousand guests, including Rosie O'Donnell and O. J. Simpson.[36] In 1996, Trump fired his bodyguard after a police officer found Maples and the bodyguard together under a lifeguard stand on a deserted beach at 4 am.[37] Maples and Trump separated in May 1997[38] and divorced June 8, 1999.[27]

Health and wellness

Maples is an advocate of health and wellness, with daughter Tiffany Trump confessing she used to make healthy homemade chocolate in Trump Tower; meanwhile her father would sneak her downstairs to the candy store to buy her Almond Joys.[39] She is a self-proclaimed 'mostly-vegan' who avoids dairy, eats organic, and chooses to be gluten free.[40][41]

References

  1. ^ "Donald Trump ex, Georgia native Marla Maples on 'Dancing With the Stars' | Radio and TV Talk". March 6, 2016. Retrieved 2017-07-26. Maples was born in Cohutta and grew up in the Dalton area. She attended high school in Tunnel Hill. 
  2. ^ "After The Gold Rush". Vanity Fair. September 1, 1990. Retrieved September 1, 2016. 
  3. ^ "It's a Wedding Blitz for Trump and Maples". The New York Times. December 21, 1993. 
  4. ^ "Marla Maples Biography (1963–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ David L. Beckwith (ed.). "Marla Ann Maples b. 27 Oct 1963 Georgia". Smoky Mountain Ancestral Quest. Retrieved December 1, 2016. 
  6. ^ 1981 Northwest Whitfield High School (Tunnel Hill, Georgia) - 1981 Yearbook - A Streak Of Shinning Faces: Classes
  7. ^ 1981 Northwest Whitfield High School (Tunnel Hill, Georgia) - 1981 Yearbook
  8. ^ "Marla Maples and Donald Trump visit Dalton as she is honored at the Northwest Whitfield homecoming football game". WDEF News 12 (video). Chattanooga (published February 2, 2016). October 21, 1991 [October 21, 1991]. Retrieved July 26, 2017. 
  9. ^ washingtonpost.com
  10. ^ sun-sentinel.com
  11. ^ Marla Maples at the Internet Broadway Database
  12. ^ Stanley, Alessandra (August 4, 1992). "Maples in Spotlight on Opening Night". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. 
  13. ^ Dave Quinn (October 6, 2016). "Alfonso Ribeiro Looks Back on Donald Trump's Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Appearance". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved June 5, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Miss USA Pageant". New York Daily News. April 1, 1997. Retrieved June 5, 2017. 
  15. ^ "What's Up, Marla Maples? The Love, Loss and What I Wore Star on Returning to New York and Sending Daughter Tiffany Trump to College". Broadway.com. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Search". Oprah.com. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Inspirational Film 'Switching Lanes' Wins 2015 Feature Film Silver Award [TRAILER]". BREATHEcast. October 13, 2015. Retrieved October 15, 2015. 
  18. ^ "New Movie Coming from Tyscot Films: Switching Lanes". Tyscot.com. Archived from the original on December 20, 2014. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Meet the Cast". Archived from the original on 2014-12-26. 
  20. ^ "'Dancing With the Stars' 2016: Season 22 Celebrity Cast Revealed Live on 'GMA'". ABC News. March 8, 2016. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  21. ^ "'The View' Guest Co-host Marla Maples on 'Dancing with the Stars' Preparation Video – The View". ABC. Retrieved June 5, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Marla Maples's Page". ctrnetwork.com. Retrieved January 25, 2016. 
  23. ^ a b "iTunes – Music – The Endless by Marla Maples". iTunes. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  24. ^ Hollywood Music in Media Awards. "Music Awards Los Angeles – Music Awards Hollywood". Hollywood Music in Media Awards. Archived from the original on November 19, 2014. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  25. ^ Foltz, Kim (July 27, 1990). "2 Networks Say No To No Excuses Jeans". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. 
  26. ^ Brozan, Nadine (November 24, 1993). "Style: Chronicle". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. 
  27. ^ a b Fried, Joseph P. (February 24, 2002). "Tell-All Book on Trump Won't Be Telling at All". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. 
  28. ^ Juzwiak, Rich. "Of Course the Surviving Member of Milli Vanilli Has an EDM Project". Gawker. Archived from the original on February 1, 2016. Retrieved January 25, 2016. 
  29. ^ Dagher, Veronica. "Actress Maples's Song for Children, Teens at Risk". The Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. 
  30. ^ Triggs, Charlotte (April 20, 2016). "Marla Maples Recalls 'Awful' Tabloid Scandal Surrounding Donald Trump's First Divorce, Says She Tried to Make Amends with Ivana: 'I Really Hope, for Her Sake, That She Can Forgive Me'". People Magazine. Retrieved September 1, 2016. 
  31. ^ Carswell, Sue (July 8, 1991). "Trump Says Goodbye Marla, Hello Carla". People. 35 (26). 
  32. ^ "Marla Maples Speaks Out On Sex With The Donald – 'The Best' She's Ever Had?". Access Hollywood. January 5, 2011. Retrieved June 5, 2017. 
  33. ^ Farhi, Paul (December 1, 2016). "Will a gossipy tabloid be the new paper of record in the Trump administration?". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 1, 2016. 
  34. ^ Sporkin, Elizabeth (March 5, 1990). "Ooh-La-La Marla!". People. 33 (9). Retrieved December 1, 2016. 
  35. ^ Ellison, Sarah (February 2017). "Inside Ivanka and Tiffany Trump's Complicated Sister Act". Vanity Fair. 
  36. ^ Dullea, Georgia (December 21, 1993). "VOWS; It's a Wedding Blitz for Trump and Maples". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. 
  37. ^ "Trump Bodyguard Once Accused of Having Affair With Marla Maples Never Got Over The Scandal, Ex-Wife Says". Inside Edition. Retrieved 2018-01-21. 
  38. ^ Weber, Bruce (May 3, 1997). "Donald and Marla Are Headed for Divestiture". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. 
  39. ^ "Tiffany Trump Explains the Surprising Reason Her Parents Donald Trump and Marla Maples Fought over … Wait for It … Chocolate". Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  40. ^ "Marla Maples". Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  41. ^ "Dancing With the Stars: Week 4: Disney Night – Watch Season 22 Episode 04". Retrieved July 22, 2016. 

External links

  • Marla Maples on IMDb
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