Marla Ann Maples (born October 27, 1963) is an American actress and television personality, best known for her six-year marriage to celebrity businessman and 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump.
- 1 Personal life
- 2 Career
- 2.1 Motion pictures
- 2.2 Television
- 2.3 Theater
- 2.4 Philanthropy
- 2.5 Radio/Music
- 2.6 Other
- 3 References
- 4 External links
Maples was born in Cohutta, Georgia, United States, the daughter of Lura Ann (née Locklear; 1940-2014), a homemaker and model, and Stanley Edward Maples, a real estate developer.
Maples attended Northwest Whitfield High School in Tunnel Hill, Georgia, where she was crowned Homecoming Queen.
Maples and Donald Trump have one child together, Tiffany Ariana Trump, who was born on October 13, 1993. In December, 1993 the couple married, but they separated in May 1997 and divorced in 1999.
Maples appeared in Maximum Overdrive (1986) and Executive Decision (1996). She followed these films with roles in the award-winning Todd Solondz movie Happiness (1998), and was part of the cast in the movie Black and White (1999). Other films include A Christmas Too Many, Loving Annabelle, Two of Hearts, Richie Rich’s A Christmas Wish, For Richer or Poorer, and Something Wilder. Since then, she has had a part as an actress is in Switching Lanes, directed by Thomas Mikal Ford, which won the Feature Film Silver Award in October 2015 at the Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival.
In 1991, Maples appeared as a celebrity guest at WWF WrestleMania VII, where she served as special guest timekeeper in the main event match between Hulk Hogan and defending WWF Champion Sgt. Slaughter. Maples co-hosted the 1996 and 1997 Miss Universe Pageant, and the 1997 Miss USA Pageant. She guest-starred in Spin City in 1997 and on The Nanny in May 1998. In 2013, Maples was featured on Oprah: Where Are They Now? In June 2014, she was a guest star on the Disney show Liv and Maddie.
In August 1992, Maples starred as “Ziegfeld’s favorite” in the Tony Award winning production, The Will Rogers Follies on Broadway. She returned to New York in 2011 for Love, Loss and What I Wore, an off-Broadway production.
Maples has always been big on supporting charities and non-profit organizations, and has been a long time and vocal supporter of Kids Creating Peace, an organization that unites Israeli and Palestinian children. She has also been known to share proceeds of sales with those in need, as she shared sales proceeds of her “One World of Love” album with Success for Kids, and proceeds from her auction with Linda’s Stuff with Spirituality for Kids.
For many years Maples hosted her own talk radio show, Awakening with Marla, on Contact Talk Radio, where her guests ranged from naturopathic doctors, to authors, to astrologists, and more.
Maples’ album The Endless, released in August 2013, is a musical journey of spiritual awakening and transformational energy, featuring thought leaders such as the Dalai Lama, Michael Beckwith, and Deepak Chopra. Each track evokes a different level of consciousness and connection, designed for deep meditation, prayer circles, or yoga sessions. In December 2014, Maples won a Hollywood Music in Media Award for best New Age/Ambient song, for “House of Love”, from that album.
In 1990, Maples starred in an advertising campaign for No Excuses jeans. In 1993, she was the designer for a line of maternity clothes, sold in several major department store chains.
In January 2000, a memoir by Maples, All That Glitters Is Not Gold, was announced by the ReganBooks division of HarperCollins Publishers. In February 2002, a spokeswoman for the publishing company said that ”The author and publisher by mutual consent have agreed not to publish the book.