Born on October 27, 1963, Marla Ann Maples is an American actress, television personality, model, singer, and host. She was Donald Trump’s second wife; the couple wed in 1993, had one daughter, Tiffany, and divorced in 1999.
Marla Ann Maples was born in Cohutta, Georgia, on October 27, 1963. Her mother was a model and housewife, and her father was a real estate developer, country commissioner, singer, and songwriter.
Maples attended Northwest Whitfield High School in Tunnel, Hill, Georgia, where she was an up-and-coming basketball standout and the class secretary.
In her final year of high school, Maples was crowned homecoming queen for 1980-1981. After graduating from high school, she enrolled at the University of Georgia but departed before completing her degree.
Maples competed in various beauty contests and pageants after leaving college, and in 1983 she won the Miss Resaca Beach Poster Girl Contest. The next year, she placed second in the Miss Georgia competition. Maples won the Miss Hawaiian Tropic event in 1985.
In 1986, Maples appeared in her first film, Maximum Overdrive.
She appeared as a celebrity guest at 1991 WWF WrestleMania VII and as a guest timekeeper for the bout between defending champion Sergeant Slaughter and challenger Hulk Hogan, where she gained widespread WWF recognition.
In the same year, Maples made a special cameo in “Designing Women” as herself. In 1992, she joined the cast of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “The Will Rogers Follies” as “Ziegfeld’s Favorite.”
In 1994, she made guest appearances alongside her then-husband Donald Trump in episodes of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “Something Wilder.”
Her other television and film credits include “Happiness,” “Black and White,” “The Nanny,” “Spin City,” “Switching Lanes,” and “Where Are They Now?” on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
She also appeared in the 1996 films “Executive Decision,” “For Richer or Poorer,” “Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish,” “Two of Hearts,” “Loving Annabelle,” and “A Christmas Too Many” Maples also performed in an off-Broadway production of “Love, Loss, and What I Wore.”
She has hosted the Miss USA and Miss Universe competitions twice and is currently a radio host. Her CD “House of Love” was presented with a Hollywood Music in Media Award. Maples’ participation in season 22 of “Dancing with the Stars” was revealed in March of 2016.
She was paired with professional dancer Tony Dovolani, and the pair were eliminated in Week 4. On March 11, 2016, Maples joined the women of the ABC morning chat show “The View” as a guest co-host.
What is Marla Maples’ Net Worth?
American actress and socialite Marla Maples has a net worth of $6 million. Probably the most prominent aspect of Marla Maples’s life is her association with Donald Trump. Marla and Donald Trump are Tiffany Trump‘s parents.
Maples has a long history of helping charity and non-profit organizations. She has been an outspoken supporter of Kids Creating Peace, an organization that brings together Israeli and Palestinian youngsters, for many years.
She is also a member of the advisory board for AWARENYC.org. It is a grass-roots group committed to raising awareness and funds to better the lives of women and girls in New York City and around the world. She also supports the Louis Armstrong Music and Medicine Center.
Maples is a keynote speaker for the London Speakers Bureau, which focuses on empowering women, spirituality, wellness, and motivation. She was featured in the 2018 Summer of Peace Summit, where she spoke about peace and finding common ground.
She also presented at the 2018 Science, Spirituality, and Environment Global Summit in India. In the same year, she appeared as a guest on the podcast Journeys of Faith with Paula Faris.
In 1990, Maples appeared in an advertisement for No Excuses jeans. She created a line of maternity garments in 1993, which was offered in numerous large department stores. Maples’s book, “All That Glitters Is Not Gold,” was launched by the ReganBooks division of HarperCollins Publishers in January 2000.
In February 2002, however, a company representative revealed that the author and publisher had mutually decided not to publish the book. Additionally, Maples creates personalized videos via the website Cameo.
Maples is likely most remembered as the “other woman” during Donald Trump and Ivana Trump’s marriage. In 1991, Ivana confronted Maples on an Aspen ski hill after allegedly discovering her husband’s adultery.
Ivana filed for divorce, and in 1993, Maples married Trump in front of 1,000 guests, including Rosie O’Donnell and O.J. Simpson. They were involved in a highly publicized romance that ended at least once.
Prior to their final separation in 1999, they had one daughter, Tiffany Ariana Trump (born 1993). Under the rules of their prenuptial agreement and divorce settlement, Maples is obligated to maintain the confidentiality of their marriage.
Donald Trump and Marla Maples Divorce Settlement
Donald and Marla declared their intention to divorce in 1997, shortly before their fourth wedding anniversary.
As part of the divorce settlement, Donald claimed his net worth to be $1.17 billion, whereas Marla estimated hers to be $100,000. Interestingly, Donald probably was NOT a billionaire at the time. Why would he intentionally inflate his net worth?
Reportedly because the couple had a legally binding prenuptial agreement that could only be voided if it was ever proven that Donald understated or hid his wealth. Therefore, he had a motive to minimize his fortune and a perpetual incentive to exaggerate it.
For the sake of calculating his $1.17 billion net worth, Trump used inflated prices for a number of assets. For instance, he believed that his Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City was worth $1.25 billion despite the fact that it was supposedly losing money and buried in debt.
He estimated two other casinos to be worth a total of $1 billion. Both of these casinos eventually went bankrupt.
Reportedly, Marla Maples requested $25 million to end her relationship with Donald. Unfortunately for Marla, their prenuptial agreement stipulated that she would only receive $1 million if they divorced within five years.
After four years, they split up. According to the less-than-five-year arrangement, Marla was entitled to an additional $1 million to purchase a property and would receive annual child support payments of $100,000 for their daughter Tiffany until she reached 21.
Four-year-old Tiffany was present at the moment. Marla also got to keep her $250,000 engagement ring.