Marla Maples is a lot of things: model, actress, TV& radio personality, songwriter, inspirational speaker, Broadway professional and most recently DWTS contestant. The blonde has been paired up with pro dancer Tony Dovolany in the current season 22.
It seems the model and actress, 52, has been in talks to join the ABC dance competition for years, as she was rumored to join season 6 in 2008, but never signed on. Aside of her six-year marriage to celebrity businessman and 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump, Marla also has a career on TV, films, music and has been featured in several shows. Read below the top ten facts about Marla Maples.
1. She is beauty-pageant trained
The Dalton, Georgia native became a runner up at the 1983 Miss Georgia pageant and was the first person to be crowned as Miss Resaca Beach Poster Girl in the same year.
2. She went from modeling to acting
Her many movie roles include “Maximum Overdrive,” “Executive Decisions” and “Black and White.”
3. She has had many guest appearances and hosting gigs over the years
You’ve probably seen Marla on WWF WrestleMania VII, where she served as special guest timekeeper or from her “Spin City” and “The Nanny” appearances. Maples also co-hosted the 1996 and 1997 Miss Universe Pageant, and the 1997 Miss USA Pageant.
4. She’s also done reality TV
Marla appeared on the ABC reality show The Ex-Wives Club in 2007. She also appeared on CBS’ reality TV series Secret Talents of the Stars
5. She was in a clandestine relationship with Celebrity Apprentice boss Donald Trump
Marla dated The Donald for two years before their clandestine relationship was discovered in 1991 by Trump’s then-wife Ivana.
6. Marla Maples has only been married once
She famously dated a then married, Donal Trump and ultimately their affair ended in marriage in 1993.
7. Marla Maples is a mom of one
Marla’s marriage to Donald lasted six years and produced daughter, Tiffany Ariana Trump, who was born on October 13, 1993.
8. She was the host of Awakenings with Marla
For many years she hosted her own radio show “Awakenings with Marla” on Contact Talk Radio, where she shared the voices of those who are dedicated to uplifting humanity.
9. She won won a Hollywood Music in Media Award
Marla released album The Endless in 2013 and won for best New Age/Ambient song, for “House of Love” from that album.
10. She is related to another famous actress
Marla Maples is the cousin of Heather Locklear.
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