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Ivana Marie Trump (née Zelníčková; February 20, 1949) is a Czech-American socialite and former fashion model, known for her marriage to American business magnate Donald Trump.
Ivana Zelníčková was born in the Moravian town of Gottwaldov (now known as Zlín), the daughter of Miloš Zelníček and Marie Francová. From a very young age, her father nurtured and encouraged her skiing talent. She has claimed that she was selected as an alternate on the 1972 Czechoslovak Olympic Ski Team. However, in 1989, Petr Pomezny, Secretary General of the Czech Olympic Committee, stated, “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 the early 1970s she earned a master’s degree in physical education from Charles University of Prague.
In 1971, she married real estate agent Alfred Winklemeier, but they were divorced in 1973. In 1975 she left Czechoslovakia for Canada to be with a childhood friend, George Syrovatka, who owned a ski boutique there. For the following two years she lived in Montreal, improved her English taking night courses at McGill University, and worked as a model for some of Canada’s top fur companies. She then left Syrovatka and moved to New York to promote the Montreal Olympics.
It was in New York that she met Donald Trump, son of prominent real estate developer Fred Trump. On April 7, 1977, she married Donald in a lavish society wedding. Donald and Ivana Trump became leading figures in New York society during the 1980s. They set to work on several massive projects, including the construction of the Grand Hyatt Hotel,
the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort inAtlantic City, New Jersey, and the Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. They had three children:
Donald John Jr. (born December 31, 1977),
Ivanka Trump (born October 30, 1981) Left with Mother Ivana
Eric Fredrick (born January 6, 1984). She has seven grandchildren.
Ivana took a major role in the Trump Organization. She became the Vice President of Interior Design for the company, spearheading the signature design of Trump Tower. Afterwards, her then husband appointed her to head up the Trump Castle Hotel and Casino as president. Ivana became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1988, with Donald at her side.
In the late 1980s, Ivana decided to leave Atlantic City in order to devote more time to her family.
However, her husband asked her to oversee the restoration of the landmark Plaza Hotel, and she took over as its president. She was named Hotelier of the Year in 1990. Ivana’s work at the Plaza would be the zenith of her work within the Trump Organization. Towards the end of that year, rumors began to circulate that her husband was having an affair with a former beauty queen from Georgia, Marla Maples. While the family was on holiday in Aspen, Colorado that Christmas, she encountered Maples on the ski slopes; their confrontation was reported in the New York Post the following day. In 1991, she retained entertainment attorney Neil Papiano and filed for divorce, seeking a greater amount of the family fortune than had been set out in her prenuptial agreement. Her husband fought back in court, protesting Ivana’s claims that she had contributed to the Trump Organization.
The divorce proceedings led to extensive pieces in the gossip columns.
In October 1990 her 63-year-old father died suddenly from a heart attack. The Trumps stood side-by-side at the funeral. Their divorce was settled after that in 1992. Although the settlement remains sealed by the courts, it is rumored that Ivana received $20 million;
the $14 million family estate in Connecticut; a $5 million housing allowance; $350,000 annual alimony; all of her jewelry; and 49% of Mar-a-Lago, the family home in Palm Beach, Florida, that also serves as a private club for the Palm Beach elite. Not long after her divorce from Donald, Ivana married Riccardo Mazzucchelli. The marriage was dissolved before two years had elapsed, and Ivana filed a $15 million breach of contract suit against Mazzucchelli for violating the confidentiality clause in their prenuptial agreement. The suit was settled out of court.
In April 2008,
Ivana, then 59, married Rossano Rubicondi, then 36. The $3 million wedding for 400 guests was hosted by Donald at his Mar-a-Lago estate. Trump’s daughter Ivanka, of the reality show The Apprentice, was her maid of honor. On December 1, 2008, Trump 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.
Soon after her divorce from Donald Trump, she signed on with the William Morris Agency and developed lines of clothing, fashion jewelry and beauty products that have been successfully sold through television shopping channels. She has also written several bestselling books including the novels For Love Alone, Lucy Wilkins and Free to Love as well as a self-help book The Best is Yet to Come: Coping with Divorce and Enjoying Life Again. In 2001, she penned an advice column for Divorce Magazine. She played a cameo role in the Hollywood film The First Wives Club with the memorable line, “Remember girls: don’t get mad, get everything.”
She was the host of Oxygen Network’s reality-dating series Ivana Young Man in 2006. In 2010, Ivana sued a Finnish fashion company, accusing it of selling women’s clothing that incorporates her name without permission. In the same year, she took part in the UK’s Celebrity Big Brother, finishing seventh.
Donald Trump’s ex-wife Ivana Trump is excited about his presidential candidacy, but thinks she would make a better first lady than his current wife, according to the New York Daily News. The paper reported Saturday that Ivana Trump criticized her ex-husband’s third wife, Melania Trump, at a party in New York City recently.
When a party guest told the former Mrs. Trump that she would make a good first lady, Ivana Trump laughed in response. “Yes, but the problem is, what is he going to do with his third wife?” Ivana Trump told the partygoer, the Daily News reported. “She can’t talk, she can’t give a speech, she doesn’t go to events, she doesn’t (seem to) want to be involved.”
Marla Ann Maples (born October 27, 1963) is an American actress and television personality, best known for her six-year marriage to celebrity businessman and 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Maples was born in Cohutta, Georgia, United States, the daughter of Lura Ann (née Locklear; 1940-2014), a homemaker and model, and Stanley Edward Maples, a real estate developer.
Maples attended Northwest Whitfield High School in Tunnel Hill, Georgia, where she was crowned Homecoming Queen.
Maples and Donald Trump
have one child together,
Tiffany Ariana Trump, who was born on October 13, 1993. In December, 1993 the couple married, but they separated in May 1997 and divorced in 1999.
Maples appeared in Maximum Overdrive (1986) and Executive Decision (1996). She followed these films with roles in the award-winning Todd Solondz movie Happiness (1998), and was part of the cast in the movie Black and White (1999). Other films include A Christmas Too Many, Loving Annabelle, Two of Hearts, Richie Rich’s A Christmas Wish, For Richer or Poorer, and Something Wilder.
Since then, she has had a part as an actress is in Switching Lanes, directed by Thomas Mikal Ford, which won the Feature Film Silver Award in October 2015 at the Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival.
In 1991, Maples appeared as a celebrity guest at WWF WrestleMania VII, where she served as special guest timekeeper in the main event match between Hulk Hogan and defending WWF Champion Sgt. Slaughter.
Maples co-hosted the 1996 and 1997 Miss Universe Pageant, and the 1997 Miss USA Pageant. She guest-starred in Spin City in 1997 and on The Nanny in May 1998. In 2013, Maples was featured on Oprah: Where Are They Now? In June 2014, she was a guest star on the Disney show Liv and Maddie.
In August 1992, Maples starred as “Ziegfeld’s favorite” in the Tony Award winning production, The Will Rogers Follies on Broadway. She returned to New York in 2011 forLove, Loss and What I Wore, an off-Broadway production.
Melania Trump (born Melanija Knavs, Germanized to Melania Knauss; April 26, 1970) is a jewelry and watch designer and former model. She is married to American billionaire real estate developer and 2016 U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump. Born in Yugoslavia (now Slovenia), she became a permanent resident of the United States in 2001 and acquired citizenship in 2006.
Knauss was born in Sevnica, in Slovenia’s Lower Sava Valley (then part of Yugoslavia) on April 26, 1970. Her father, Viktor Knavs, who managed car and motorcycle dealerships, was from the nearby town of Radeče; her mother, Amalija, a fashion designer, came from a village in the area surrounding Sevnica, within the confines of Sevnica Castle. She has an older sister, Ines.
Knauss grew up in a modest apartment in a concrete housing block. When she was a teenager, the family moved to a two-story house near Sevnica. She began her modeling career at age 16, and at age 18 signed with a modeling agency in Milan, Italy. She is fluent in English, French, Slovenian, Serbian, and German.
After studying design and architecture at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, without graduating, Knauss worked as a model for major fashion houses in Milan and Paris before relocating to New York City in 1996.
Working with photographers including Helmut Newton, Patrick Demarchelier, and Mario Testino, Knauss subsequently appeared on the covers of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Ocean Drive, In Style,
New York Magazine,Avenue, Allure, Vanity Fair, Self, Glamour,
GQ, Elle, FHM, and was featured as a bikini model in the 2000
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
As a model, she was associated with several well-known modeling agencies, including Donald Trump’s Trump Model Management.
In 2000, Knauss appeared with Trump while he campaigned for the Reform Party 2000 presidential nomination, and several years later, Knauss appeared in an ad for Aflac insurance, in which she and the Aflac mascot, a duck, voiced by comedian Gilbert Gottfried, exchange personalities via a Frankenstein-like mad experiment.
In 2010, she launched her watch and jewelry collection, “Melania™ Timepieces & Jewelry”, sold on QVC, and in 2013, debuted a skin care line, “Melania™ Caviar Complexe C6”, which she promoted on The Celebrity Apprentice and The View.
Her product lines subsequently suffered distribution problems, and in 2013, she won a court case and the right to an arbitrated settlement after suing an Indianapolis distributor for $50 million for failure to honor their marketing contract.
Marriage to Donald Trump
Melania and Donald Trump at the Oscar De La Renta Fashion Show in New York City, 2006
After moving to New York City in 1996 Knauss met Donald Trump at a Fashion Week party in New York City in September 1998. Their relationship gained notoriety after a 1999 interview on The Howard Stern Show, and additional publicity after the 2004 launch of Trump’s successful business-oriented reality television show, The Apprentice. Donald Trump described their long courtship in 2005: “We literally have never had an argument, forget about the word ‘fight’ … We just are very compatible. We get along.”
After becoming engaged in 2004, Donald Trump and Melania Knauss were married on January 22, 2005, at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida, followed by a reception in the 17,000-sq.-ft. ballroom at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
The event was attended by noted persons such as Katie Couric, Matt Lauer, Rudy Giuliani, Heidi Klum, Star Jones, P. Diddy, Shaquille O’Neal, Barbara Walters, Conrad Black, Regis Philbin, Simon Cowell, Kelly Ripa, and then-Senator Hillary Clinton and former president Bill Clinton.
At the reception, Billy Joel serenaded the crowd with “Just the Way You Are”, and supplied new lyrics about Trump to the tune of “The Lady is a Tramp”.
Melania in 2016
The Trumps’ wedding ceremony and reception were widely covered by the media. Melania wore a $200,000 dress made by John Galliano of the house of Christian Dior, and the cake at the reception was a 50-pound orange Grand Marnier chocolate truffle cake, with a Grand Marnier butter-cream filling, and covered with 3,000 roses created by the chef at Mar-a-Lago.
Donald Trump is too passionate about marriage; he proves it quite nicely. His marriage with Melania was his third in this single life, but in no way one could mark.
It was a huge event, and the total cost that was involved with the occasion is said to be around $ 1 million She was interviewed with Trump in May 2005 on Larry King Live, four months after their marriage, and afterwards co-hosted several episodes of The View with Barbara Walters.
Trump and Melania
Donald Trump, Barron Trump and Melania Trump
In 2006, Melania gave birth to a son named Barron William Trump. Donald suggested his first name, and Melania his middle name. As an infant, Barron reportedly occupied his own floor in the Trumps’ apartment in Trump Tower in Manhattan, but often slept in a crib in his parents’ bedroom.
Donald and Melania’s son Barron, nine, plays golf in the splendour of Trump Tower
He plays golf with his father, and is reported to be equally fluent in English and Slovenian, while also speaking French. He is said to like wearing a suit and tie, and Melania’s nickname for him is “Mini-Donald”.
Melania and Donald are often seen and photographed together at New York City society events and receptions. Television personality Barbara Walters, impressed with Melania’s intelligence when she met her, has said of her: “Maybe because she’s so pretty, we don’t expect her to be as smart as she is.”
In 2015, asked about her husband’s presidential campaign, Melania said,
Could this be the next white House Family
“I encouraged him because I know what he will do and what he can do for America. He loves the American people and he wants to help them.” When asked by The New York Times what her role would be if Trump were to become president, Melania replied: “I would be very traditional.
Like Betty Ford or Jackie Kennedy. I would support him
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