Fame comes in many ways and sometimes not in the way we think it would as is the case of television personality and actress, Marla Maples whose popularity was purely hinged on her former relationship with former business mogul and US President Donald Trump. What began as an illicit affair turned Marla’s life around in the most dramatic way and made her a topic for the tabloids against her wish. It might have been a gift that keeps on giving but the socialite is surely enjoying the ride. Here’s what the beautiful actress is up to these days.
Born in Cohutta, Georgia, the United States on the 27th of October 1963 to her parents, Stanley E. Maples, a real estate developer and his pretty model wife, Laura A. Locklear who was also a homemaker.
At a really young age, a young and athletic Maple had her high school education at Northwest Whitfield High School where she had a squeaky record being on the basketball team and being crowned homecoming Queen after serving as her class secretary. This was probably where her love for the runway was birthed.
When she left high school, the beautiful Marla rode on the experiences she had garnered in school and went on to contest in other real and tough beauty competitions like the contest for Miss Resaca Beach Poster Girl which she won in 1983. The next year, she went a step higher to compete at the Miss Georgia USA and finished as the 1st runner-up to the winner. She stepped down a bit the next year and won the Miss Hawaiian Tropic contest in 1985.
After her stint as a model for beauty pageants, she took a break and returned in 1991 with her eyes on a bigger prize, she took to TV, making appearances in different shows. Her first was a celebrity appearance as a Special Guest Timekeeper at WWF WrestleMania VII. That was soon followed with an appearance as herself on the television series Designing Women before she joined the cast of Broadway musical The Will Rogers Follies.
Marla Maples kept up with her busy schedule with appearances in an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Something Wilder in 1994, hosting duties at the Miss Universe Pageant and Miss USA Pageant of 1996 and 1997.
She soon veered into the movies and has credits in movies like Executive Decision (1996), Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish (1998), Loving Annabelle (2006), and A Nanny for Christmas (2010).
By now Marla Maples has managed to become a well-known name and was featured on Oprah Winfrey‘s 2013 Oprah: Where Are They Now?. As a celebrity, she participated in season 22 of the dance competition TV series – Dancing with the Stars – in partnership with pro dancer, Tony Dovolani. They did not make it too far and were eliminated in the 4th week.
Drawing on her experiences so far, Marla scored a gig to host her own talk show on Contact Talk Radio Awakening with Marla Maples, following which she proved her musical talent by releasing an album titled Endless in 2013. The album did wonderfully well and has been famously used for intense yoga sessions, prayer nights and meditations. The song House of Love from the album got Marla nominated for a “Hollywood Music in Media Award” for Best New Age/Ambient song which she subsequently won.
Some other things she has been involved in include a jean ad campaign in 1990, designing maternity clothes, releasing a memoir titled All That Glitters Is Not Gold to critical acclaim in 2000, and committing to charity organizations.
Marla Maples’s Net Worth
From her many endeavors it is clear to see that Marla Maples has done well for herself and if that is not enough, her association with billionaire businessman Trump must have surely left her richer than she was before she met him. Her earnings as an actress, a Tv personality, an author among the many other hats she wears have accumulated into a net worth of $20 million.
Boyfriend and Daughter
If there is anything that accrued fame to Marla more than any of the hats she wears, it’s the fact that she was once married to US President Donald Trump. The two met sometime in 1989 at a time when Donald was still very married to his first wife, Ivana. Their affair created a big scandal which saw them make news headlines for over one week consecutively but none of that was enough to topple the castle the lovebirds had built.
October of 1993 saw to the birth of the couple’s first child Tiffany Ariana Trump after which Donald sealed the deal by proposing to Marla. Their wedding was one of the biggest celebrity events at the time and had in attendance celebrities and business moguls from all around the world.
Sooner than we expected though, the castle that seemed so strong and solid came crashing down because let’s face it, what goes around, comes right back around. It was alleged that Trump caught her with her hand in the proverbial cookie jar of his security guard which led to their separation in 1997 before their divorce was finalized in 1999.
The couple’s only child and daughter, Tiffany Trump, grew into a model and socialite who was raised solely by her mother after her parents got divorced. She has a bachelor of arts from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently studying at Georgetown Law School.
In a very ironic twist of fate, Marla Maples’ current boyfriend is Donald Deutsch, a famed critic of her former husband, Donald Trump. But one thing is clear here, Marla is a big fan of the name Donald if her penchant for falling for them is anything to go by.
Models are never on the short side and neither is Marla; the beautiful blond bombshell stands tall at a decent 1.72 meters balanced on a weight of 57 kg. Like every true blonde, she has blues eyes and a perfectly toned skin. Her other body measurements for bust, waist, and hips are 34-24-35.