Marla MaplesTable Of Contents
Maples and Trump first met at a 1985 celebrity tennis tournament and the two began an notorious relationship while he was still married to Ivana. 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. Maples and Trump separated in May 1997 and divorced on June 8, 1999.
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. Maples is involved with awarenyc.org as an advisory board member. AWARE (Assisting Women through Action, Resources & Education) is a grassroots organization dedicated to promoting awareness and generating funds in order to make meaningful improvements in the lives of women and girls in the New York City community and worldwide. Maples also supports and is on the Steering Committee for The Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine.
Maples was diagnosed with Lyme disease as a teenager. She describes herself as a "mostly-vegan" who avoids dairy, eats organic, and chooses to be gluten free.
Donald married Marla Maples, then 29, in 1993 at the Plaza Hotel’s Grand Ballroom in New York City – conveniently owned by Trump. Around 1,100 guests attended the event. The bride wore a white silk long-sleeve Carolina Herrera wedding gown with a 325-diamond tiara (two million dollar tiara).
Maples appeared in the films Something Wilder (1994), The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1994), 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 1991, Maples appeared as a celebrity guest at WWF WrestleMania VII. Maples co-hosted the 1996 and 1997 Miss Universe Pageant, and the 1997 Miss USA Pageant. On March 8, 2016, Maples also joined on season 22 of Dancing with the Stars alongside her Switching Lanes co-star, Kim Fields. On March 11, 2016, Maples also joined the women of ABC's morning talk show, The View, as a guest co-host. Maples is a keynote speaker with the London Speakers Bureau, a guest speaker on the Journeys of Faith podcast with Paula Faris in 2018.
In August 1992, Maples joined the cast of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The Will Rogers Follies. In 2011, she returned to New York for Love, Loss and What I Wore. In 2013, Maples was featured on Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Maples hosted her own talk radio show, Awakening with Marla, on Contact Talk Radio. 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. In December 2012, Maples won a "Hollywood Music in Media Award" for best New Age/Ambient song, for "House of Love".
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. She has been on the cover of over 25 magazines and Vogue to Fitness Magazine.
In January 2000, a memoir by Maples, All That Glitters Is Not Gold by 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."