Best known for her relationship with America’s 45th President Donald J. Trump, Marla Maples is an American actress and former beauty pageant contestant for Miss Georgia USA.
Aside from being famously known as Trump’s second wife, Maples is also known for her roles in several award-winning movies such as For Richer or Poorer, A Sight for Sore Eyes, Black and White, A Christmas Too Many, Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish and Switching Lanes, to name a few. She is also as a television personality who has appeared in shows like Designing Women and Dancing with the Stars. Maples has also co-hosted events like the 1996 and 1997 Miss Universe Pageant and the 1997 Miss USA Pageant. Here is what we know about the actress.
Who is Marla Maples and How Old is She?
Born on October 27, 1963, in the small town of Cohutta, Georgia, USA, Maples is the daughter of a homemaker and former model, Laura Ann Locklear and Stanley Edward Maples, a real estate developer. Maples’ middle name is Ann. As a teenager, Maple was very active both in academics and in social activities. She went to Northwest Whitfield High School which is in Tunnel Hill, Georgia and there she joined the school’s basketball team. She was made the secretary of her class and in her senior year, the beauty was crowned her school’s 1980–1981 homecoming queen.
Marla Maples was so beautiful that after graduating from high school, she joined a beauty contest and in 1983, she was crowned Miss Resaca Beach Poster Girl. Two years after, she won the Miss Hawaiian Tropic. At the University of Georgia, Maples studied performing arts and after graduation, she moved to New York City to pursue her acting career.
Maples was first known for appearing as a celebrity guest on the 1991 WWF WrestleMania VII. Joining the movie industry around the same period, she was given small roles to play in a couple of TV and film projects like in the series Designing Women. However, she made her Broadway debut in 1992 with the musical The Will Rogers Follies, directed by the multiple-award-winning actor, singer and choreographer Tommy Tune. She became more popular on-screen after appearing in the sitcom Something Wilder and in an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, with Donald Trump.
After co-hosting the 1997 Miss Universe Pageant, and the Miss USA Pageant, Maples also appeared as a guest in the sitcom Spin City and in many more films and TV series. In 2016, she was among the contestants at the ABC’s Dancing With the Stars and with her dancing partner Tony Dovolani, she landed on the 10th position.
Her Net Worth
Marla Maples’ TV roles have fetched her a lot in terms of fame and financial balance. The socialite is worth about $20 million. Aside from acting, Maples earned much of her wealth from adverts and her clothing business. In 1990, she advertised for ‘No Excuses Jeans’ and in 1993, she designed and made maternity dresses that were sold in across the country. Maples also designs personalized videos through the website Cameo. She launched her own radio talk show Awakening with Marla, on Contact Talk Radio. In 2013, she surprised her fans with the release of her awaited album The Endless.
Marla Maples has been in a relationship with a good number of influential men, including Donald Trump, America’s 45th president. She met Trump in 1989 and at that time, she was just 26 years old but before then she was rumoured to have had a thing with singer and songwriter Michael Bolton in 1991.
Maples’ relationship with Trump was first a secret until the early 1990s when his first wife, Ivana discovered the truth after Trump attempted to bring Maples on a family vacation on a ski slope in Aspen, Colorado. After a bit of confrontation, Trump then chose to be with Maples over Ivana. Trump divorced Ivana a year later.
Maples got married to Trump in December 1993 and they lived together as a couple for a period of six years before they separated. Maples gave birth to their daughter Tiffany in October 1993 before their marriage. The divorced was finalized on June 8, 1999, with Maples claiming she left Trump because she “couldn’t change him”. She left with $2 million as her divorce settlement.
Marla Maple’s next relationship only came about two years after her divorce from Trump and after she moved to Southern California to continue with her TV career. She dated an American film and TV producer Michael Mailer from 1998 to 2001. There were also reports that she dated Indian actor Anand Jon and that their relationship lasted from 2004-2007.
She met with Andy Baldwin, an American Triathlete whose original name is Andrew James Baldwin, and they got into a relationship which only lasted for just one year (2007 – 2008). Maples is currently in a relationship with Donald Deutsch, a TV host and former advertising mogul who has gained fame for being a strong critic of Donald Trump’s presidency. She was recently spotted with her ex-critic at a Polo Bar in Manhattan.
Meet Marla Maples’ Daughter Tiffany Trump
Tiffany was born in West Palm Beach, Florida and she was named after Tiffany & Company, a New York City-based luxury jewellery retailer bought by her father Trump. After her parents separated, Tiffany was left with her mother who took care of her as a single parent in California. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts. As at 2018, the socialite and model is studying law at the Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C.
Tiffany is a singer, she released her song single titled “Like a Bird” which got good review and established her as one USA’s young promising singers. As a model, she modelled in 2016 for Andrew Warren’s fashion show during New York Fashion Week. She joined her father Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016, as an aspiring singer who has a net worth of $10 million.