“The press coverage was a destructive force in my life. It was destructive to our relationship. It was like a fire.” Marla Maples (about public look during her marriage to Donald Trump)
American actress and model Marla Maples is widely known as the former wife of billionaire celebrity Donald Trump, whom she married from 1993 to 1999. They have one daughter, Tiffany (born in 1993). Before getting together with Trump, she was in relationship with singer Michael Bolton, and engaged to producer Michael Mailer shortly after she divorced from her husband. In 2005, Ms. Maples dated Indian fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander. Her boyfriend was arrested in 2007 on rape and related charges. More recently, in 2008, she
dated Andy Baldwin, a Navy doctor who is best known to TV viewers as the bachelor of the tenth season of the reality dating show “The Bachelor.” The romance, however, has ended in separation. Baldwin stated to US Weekly, “We decided we were better off as friends. We will remain close.”
As an actress, the 1983 Miss Resaca Beach Poster Girl is probably best remembered for her performance in the Broadway production of “Will Rogers Follies” (1992), from which she earned critical raves. She has acted in such movies as “Maximum Overdrive” (1986), “Happiness” (1998), “Black and White” (1999), Two of Hearts” (1999, TV) and “Loving Annabelle” (2006) as well as guested in TV shows like “Clueless” and “Spin City.”
Childhood and Family:
Marla Maples was born on October 27, 1963, in Dalton, Georgia. His father, Stan Maples, is a real estate developer, and his mother, Ann, is a former office employee. She attended Northwest Whitfield High School in Dalton and was a star on the varsity basketball team. She graduated in 1981. Marla later relocated to New York to pursue her acting studies.
On October 13, 1993, Marla and her entrepreneur boyfriend Donald Trump, whom she met in New York in 1985, welcomed a baby girl named Tiffany Ariana. The couple married two months later on December 19, 1993 and she became the stepmother of Ivanka, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric, Trump's children from first wife Ivana. On June 8, 1999, Marla and Trump divorced and she has since lived with her daughter and her mother in Los Angeles, California. Recalling her love for Donald Trump, she stated, “I loved this man. Yes, I was young, but it was my choice. I was romanced, I had Mister Charm all over me, and it was very hard to say no.”
Marla is the cousin of actress Heather Locklear.
Will Rogers Follies
Marla Maples started her acting career while still living in Georgia. After moving to New York, the 1983 Miss Georgia runner-up landed her first major project, appearing in “Maximum Overdrive” (1986), a horror film directed by Stephen King and starring Emilio Estevez. She continued to make guest appearances in the television shows “Dallas” (1989) and “ P.S.I. Luv U” (1991), but did not gain national exposure until she was cast in the Tony Award-winning “Will Rogers Follies” (1992). She demonstrated her dancing and singing talents and received good reviews for her performance. A year later, Maples enjoyed much publicity with her marriage to billionaire Donald Trump.
After giving birth to her daughter Tiffany, Maples returned to the “Follies” production for its national tour. She also resumed her career on TV by appearing in episodes of “Something Wilder” (1994), “Clueless” (1996) and “Spin City” (1997) as well as making her TV-movie bow in “The Christmas List” (1997), playing Faith. Meanwhile, on the big screen, she appeared as a flight attendant named Nancy in the Kurt Russell/Steven Seagal action “Executive Decision” (1996).
Maples next was cast in Bryan Spicer's comedy, “For Richer or Poorer” (1997), which starred Tim Allen and Kirstie Alley, supported Jane Adams, Jon Lovitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Lara Flynn Boyle for Todd Solondz's drama/comedy, “Happiness” (1998), and played the husband of Richard Fancy on Warner Bros.' “Richie Rich: A Christmas Wish” (1999), starring David Gallagher in the title role of the richest kid in the world. Still in 1999, she had a prominent supporting role, as Muffy, on the James Toback drama/music “Black and White,” along side such noted actors as Scott Caan, Robert Downey Jr. and Jared Leto, and portrayed Joan Michaelson on the Fox telepic “Two of Hearts,” starring Gail O'Grady and Rob Stewart. The year also saw Maples' marriage to Donald Trump end up in divorce.
After her divorce, Maples mostly spend her life outside the limelight. She appeared in a 2000 episode of “Hollywood Squares,” but did not resume her acting career until 2005, when she was tapped to play Samantha Blake on the short film “A Sight for Sore Eyes.” She followed it up with roles in Katherine Brooks' award-winning lesbian-themed, “Loving Annabelle” (2006), and the direct-to-video-release “A Christmas Too Many” (2007), opposite Mickey Rooney.
Also in 2007, Maples appeared in five episodes of the reality TV “Ex Wives Club” before making a brief appearance in the NBC special “Victoria Beckham: Coming To America,” during which Beckham is invited to lunch with a group of Beverly Hills socialites. More recently, in May April 2008, she appeared in the No. 1 syndicated entertainment news-magazine show, “Entertainment Tonight.”
In addition to acting, Maples is a producer. She is the founder Angelfire Productions, and has produced the documentary “Destiny of Peace” (2003) and the spin-off “Whispers in the Wind” (2005). Currently, her company is developing several projects for film and television. Maples is also a model.