Ivana Trump, the first wife of Donald Trump, is dead at 73
Ivana Trump, the first wife of former President Donald Trump, died at 73, the Trump family confirmed in a statement.
In a statement posted to Truth Social, Donald Trump called his first wife a wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman, who led a great and inspirational life.
Ivana’s son Eric Trump commemorated his mother in a post on Instagram.
Our mother was an incredible woman a force in business, a world-class athlete, a radiant beauty, and a caring mother and friend,” Eric Trump wrote. “She fled from communism and embraced this country. She taught her children about grit and toughness, compassion, and determination.
Ivana Trump grew up in Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia, south of Prague, according to a biography on the site of talent agency CMG Worldwide. She moved to Canada in the 1970s and worked as a ski instructor before beginning a modeling career.
Marriage to Donald Trump
In 1976, she met Donald Trump while on a work trip to New York. The couple married in 1977, according to the biography.
Her first son, Donald Trump Jr., was born the same year, followed by daughter Ivanka in 1981 and son Eric in 1984.
Ivana and Donald were frequently tabloid fodder and actively cultivated an aura of celebrity around their marriage.
Ivana Trump worked as the vice president of interior design for the Trump Organization. Her design work included Trump Tower, and she also served as the chief executive officer of some Trump hotel properties.
The couple’s crumbling marriage was splashed across tabloid covers and they ultimately divorced in 1992.
Ivana Trump accused her husband of ripping out her hair of raping her during their marriage, an incident described in the 1993 book Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald Trump before she walked back the allegation in a statement given just prior to the book’s printing.
On one occasion in 1989, Mr. Trump and I had marital relations in which he behaved very differently toward me than he had during our marriage, she said. As a woman, I felt violated, as the love and tenderness he normally exhibited towards me was absent. I referred to this as rape, but I do not want my words to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense.
Donald Trump described the claim as obviously false.
After the divorce, she remained in the limelight, capitalizing on her fame by appearing in advertisements for national brands and launching a cosmetics company, Ivana Haute Couture.
She stirred up controversy after Trump’s election to the White House, referring to herself as the first lady in an interview with ABC News.
I have the direct number to the White House, but I don’t want to call him there because Melania is there and I don’t want to cause any kind of jealousy because I am basically the first Trump wife, she said. I am the first lady.
Ivana Trump is survived by her three adult children, Donald, Ivanka, and Eric, and several grandchildren.