Who Is Marla Maples Of 'Dancing With The Stars' Season 22?

Stacy Carey

Donald Trump's ex-wife Marla Maples will be part of the Season 22 Dancing With the Stars cast, and fans are definitely buzzing about this addition. Marla is said to be partnering with Tony Dovolani this spring and, from the looks of things, they will definitely have their work cut out for them. What do DWTS viewers need to know about Maples?

As PureDWTS details, Marla Maples was Donald Trump's second wife, and they share a daughter, named Tiffany, who is 22-years-old now. Donald was married to first wife Ivana from 1977 to 1992, notes Inside Edition, but Trump had an affair with Maples during that marriage. Donald married Marla in 1993, and their daughter was born that same year. Donald and Marla's marriage lasted for six years. The presidential candidate went on to marry third wife Melania in 2005, and they are still married.

Marla and Tiffany spent many of the years after the split living in California, though it seems that both are based back on the East Coast these days. Tiffany is said to be attending the University of Pennsylvania, and she does some modeling work. Marla very recently made a move back to New York.

Rather, it seems that Dovolani and Maples have been friends for years, and DWTS insiders say that he had been trying to talk her into doing the show for quite some time now. Apparently, she finally felt that the time was right.

Of course, there are a fair number of Dancing With the Stars viewer who are grumbling about there being a Donald Trump connection on this Season 22 cast. While the producers surely were thrilled to score such a contestant given the current political landscape, it seems that Tony and Marla's long-running friendship was the catalyst for this move.

Some DWTS fans may remember that Marla also had a radio show, called Awakening with Marla, for a while, and in 2013, she put out a spiritual album called The Endless. Early in her marriage, she created a line of maternity wear, and she had announced in 2000 that she had written a memoir titled All That Glitters Is Not Gold. However, that book never made it to publication.

Viewers can check out this new partnership when ABC's next round of the dance series debuts on Monday, March 21. Do you think Marla Maples and Tony Dovolani have a shot at winning this season of Dancing With the Stars?

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