Ivana Trump, former wife of Donald Trump, dies at 73
By Clay Risen
Ivana Trump, the glamorous Czech American businesswoman whose high-profile marriage to former President Donald Trump in the 1980s established them as one of New York’s quintessential power couples of that era, died Thursday at her home in Manhattan. She was 73.
Donald Trump announced her death in a statement on Truth Social, the conservative social media platform he founded. No other details were provided.
“I am very saddened to inform all of those that loved her, of which there are many, that Ivana Trump has passed away at her home in New York City,” he wrote. “She was a wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman, who led a great and inspirational life. Her pride and joy were her three children, Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric. She was so proud of them, as we were all so proud of her. Rest In Peace, Ivana!”
Ivana Trump commanded almost as much media attention as her husband, and together they helped define the 1980s as an era of gaudy excess among the social elite, an image that Donald Trump used to fuel his turn as an outsize television personality before his 2016 run for the White House.
Although her husband often bragged about his singular business prowess, Ivana Trump played a critical part in building his real estate empire, beginning soon after their marriage in 1977.
Often described as detail-obsessed and a workaholic, she worked alongside her husband on several of his early, signature projects, such as the development of Trump Tower in Manhattan and Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
She was vice president for interior design for his company, the Trump Organization, and managed one of his most prized properties, the Plaza Hotel, all while raising their three children: Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka.
The couple’s 1990 divorce, driven in part by Donald Trump’s affair with Marla Maples, whom he later married, provided tabloid fodder for weeks. In a deposition, Ivana Trump accused him of raping her, although she later said she had not meant the word literally.
The divorce made Ivana Trump something of a heroine for spurned wives everywhere — she even had a cameo in the 1996 film “The First Wives Club,” in which she tells a group of disgruntled divorced women, “Don’t get mad — get everything!”
She used her business prowess to great effect as well. She developed lines of clothing, jewelry and beauty products, which she promoted through outlets such as the Home Shopping Network and QVC. She invested in real estate, domestically and in Europe, and wrote several books, including “The Best Is Yet to Come: Coping with Divorce and Enjoying Life Again” (1995) and, most recently, “Raising Trump” (2017), a memoir of her marriage to Donald Trump.