Marla Maples is about to make a big comeback in the celebrity spotlight by joining Season 22 of Dancing with the Stars. The second ex-wife of billionaire real estate businessman and GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump will be paired with DWTS pro Tony Dovolani. The two have reportedly been friends a long time.
Maples’ re-emergence onto the main celebrity scene is sparking curiosity about who she is. What are some facts about the woman Trump got tangled up with in a heated love affair while he was married to Ivana Trump?
Below are 10 interesting facts about Marla Maples.
1. Marla Ann Maples was born on October 27, 1963, in Dalton, Georgia. She stands at five feet, eight inches tall, according to Celebrity Measurements.
2. Maples was married to Donald Trump for six years, from 1993 to 1999 (Trump was married to Ivana from 1977 to 1992). They had one child together, Tiffany Trump, who’s now 22.
3. The Dancing with the Stars contestant said sex with Donald was “the best sex I’ve ever had” when the two had an affair in 1990, Inside Edition reports.
4. Marla’s net worth is $20 million, according to Richest Celebrities.
5. Marla Maples is a distant cousin of actress Heather Locklear, TMZ reports on its celebrity biography pages.
6. Marla is a model, actress, and producer. She appeared in Will Rogers Follies on Broadway and has performed at Carnegie Hall. Maples was seen in Executive Decision (1996), Destiny of Peace (2003), and Happiness (1998), according to her IMDb profile. She took on duties as a special correspondent for Inside Edition and interviewed a very young Michael Jordan in the early 90s.
7. Marla Maples moved from Manhattan to Los Angeles to raise her daughter, Tiffany. There have been numerous reports that Trump didn’t play a significant role in raising Tiffany. He did pay child support and covered her education expenses. Now that she’s enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania, she’s forged a closer relationship with her father and half-siblings, Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric. More about Tiffany Trump can be read in an Inquisitr article published here.
8. When Maples appeared on Oprah: Where Are They Now? in 2013, she said: “I still love Donald. I love Eric and Ivanka and Donnie so much.”
9. Marla was a Miss Georgia runner-up. She was also the first win the Miss Resaca Beach Poster Girl Contest in 1983. In 1985, she won the Miss Hawaiian Tropic International beauty pageant in Panama City, Florida.
10. Marla walked away with just $2 million in her divorce settlement with Donald Trump while his first ex-wife, Ivana, received $25 million. A 1999 People report revealed that Donald was also married to Ivana for 15 years. Since they had three children together, it made sense Ivana was given far more.
Among other Marla Maples facts, the 52-year-old is excited to perform on Dancing with the Stars. She told People magazine this week that she feels like she’s in the beauty pageant world again!
“I feel like, ‘Oh my gosh! Is this the beauty pageant world again?'” Maples said. “No, this is really digging in with the real stuff.”
Her daughter, Tiffany, was surprised to hear that her mother was going through with it.
“She was scared,” Maples told reporters. “She goes ‘You’re really doing this?’ She was very, very surprised because she knows how nervous I’ve been about it. Now she’s happy and now she is my biggest supporter. Oh my gosh. I want her right here right now.”
— marla maples (@itsmarlamaples) March 8, 2016
As Donald Trump’s presidential campaign continues playing out, Maples’ debut on DWTS will presumably draw more attention to both Republican front-runner and his ex-wife. The show will unquestionably intertwine the latest drama of the campaign into Maples’ appearance on the show given the gravity of ratings Trump brings each network. It’s no accident that Donald’s ex-wife is on the show this season as his meteoric rise in the political arena moves at supersonic pace.
You can watch Marla Maples and the rest of the cast on Dancing with the Stars when the show premieres Monday, March 21 on ABC.
[Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP]