PROFILE
Name:
Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth
Birth Date:
February 15, 1974
Birth Place:
Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
Undisputed villainess of NBC's first season of The Apprentice
BIOGRAPHY
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The Apprentice

Background:

Political consultant turned reality television star Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth rose to prominence as undisputed villainess of the first season of NBC's “The Apprentice” (2004). She later returned to compete in “The Celebrity Apprentice” (2008). Omarosa also starred in a spin-off “The Apprentice,” “The Ultimate Merger” (TV One, 2010), co-created by Donald J. Trump.  

Currently, Omarosa is in a relationship with actor Michael Clarke Duncan, who is 17 years old her senior.  The couple met in the produce section of a Whole Foods grocery store. She previously was married to Aaron Stallworth (together from 2000 to 2005).  


Pondarosa

Childhood and Family:

Omaroseonee O. Manigault, who would later known as Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, was born on February 15, 1974, in Youngstown, Ohio, to a Nigerian father and an African-American mother. She comes from a big family, where her mom had eleven siblings and Omarosa has sixty four first cousins. In 1996, she graduated from Central State University in Ohio with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism. There she also joined the women's volleyball team. Omarosa, whose nickname is Pondarosa, then relocated to  Washington, D.C. to study at Howard University, where she took both a Master's and Ph.D. in Communications, but finally did not achieve either.   

On May 27, 2000, Omarosa was married to Aaron H. Stallworth. The couple divorced on June 6, 2005.

In August 2009, Omarosa attended United Theological Seminary in Ohio to pursue a Doctor of Ministry degree. She earned a preacher's license in February 2011 from her church (Weller Street Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California) and was formally ordained on February 27, 2012. She went on to pursue a degree at Payne Theological Seminary.

Omarosa's brother, Jack, was found dead in his Youngstown, Ohio home on October 11, 2011. He was 40.  


The Ultimate Merger

Career:

Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth worked in then Vice President Al Gore's office during the Clinton Administration as Deputy Associate Director of Presidential Personnel. She, however, was later fired because of turbulent behavior. She has also served as an image consultant for Miss Thailand.

Omarosa first came to the attention of public when she became a contestant on the reality television show “The Apprentice,” created by British TV producer Mark Burnett and starring business mogul Donald Trump. Billed as “The Ultimate Job Interview,” the first season originally aired on NBC from January 8, 2004 until April 15, 2004 and was a rating smash. She became the ninth person to be eliminated from the show. Known for her controversial behavior, “The Apprentice” launched Omarosa as the “woman America loved to hate” and she was named by E! as “Reality TV's No. 1 Bad Girl.” She later affirmed that the show's producers manipulated the footage to make her look like the villain. Omarosa was nominated for a Teen Choice Award in the category of Choice Reality/Variety Jackass for her appearance on the show.

After her stint on “The Apprentice,” Omarosa has been featured in a number of television reality shows, including VH1's fifth season of “The Surreal Life,” NBC's “Fear Factor” and VH1's “The Great Debate.” She has also appeared in television talk shows such as “LIVE! with Kelly,” “Late Night with Conan O'Brien,” “Larry King Live,” “SoapTalk,” “Dr. Phil,” “The Tyra Banks Show,” “The Wendy Williams Show,” “The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch,” “The Brian McKnight Show,” and became co-host on “Queer Edge with Jack E. Jett” (2005).

In 2004, Omarosa landed her first television acting role in an episode of “Girlfriends” called “L.A. Bound,” playing Trina. She followed it up with a starring role on the comedy short “Soul Sistahs” (2006).

In January 2008, Omarosa was invited to join “The Celebrity Apprentice,” which made her the only former Apprentice to return to show. She soon was involved in a personal feud with Piers Morgan and was finally fired in week 10.  

In June 2010, Omarosa and Donald Trump collaborated to create a new dating show called “The Ultimate Merger,” which included R&B singer/producer Al B. Sure! as one of the contestants. The show premiered on TV One on June 17, 2010.

Omarosa will appear with Monique Coleman, Chyna Layne and Christian Keyes in the upcoming comedy/drama film “We Are Family,” directed by Trey Haley.
   

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