)ChildrenFamily Trump Ivana Marie Trump (née Zelníková, Czech: ; born February 20, 1949) is a Czech-American businesswoman, media personality, fashion designer, author, and former model. She lived in Canada in the 1970s before relocating to the United States where she married Donald Trump in 1977.
She held key managerial positions in The Trump Organization as vice president of interior design, as CEO and president of Trump's Castle casino resort, and as manager of the Plaza Hotel. Ivana's divorce from Trump, finalized in 1992, was the subject of extensive media coverage in the 1990s.
Following the divorce, she developed her own lines of clothing, fashion jewelry, and beauty products which were sold on QVC London and the Home Shopping Network. Ivana wrote an advice column for Globe called Ask Ivana from 1995 through 2010 and has published several books including works of fiction, self-help, and an autobiography.
Ivana Zelníková was born on February 20, 1949, in the Moravian city of Lin (known between 1949 and 1990 as Gottwaldov), Czechoslovakia, the daughter of Miles Venice (1927–1990) and Marie Zelníková (née Franco). Her Czech father was an electrical engineer and her Austrian mother worked as a telephone operator.
Her father encouraged her skiing talent, a practice she began at age four. After developing skills as a skier, she joined the junior national ski team, which offered her opportunities to travel beyond the Soviet-era communist boundaries of what was then the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic.
She attended Charles University in Prague and earned a master's degree in physical education in 1972. Accounts differ as to Ivana's history of skiing competitively.
It was reported that she was selected as an alternate on the Czechoslovak ski team during the 1972 Winter Olympics, specializing in downhill and slalom. However, in 1989, Peter Pomeroy, Secretary General of the Czechoslovak Olympic Committee, refuted the claim and stated that despite searching extensively, no record could be found of her involvement.
In 1971, Zelníková married Alfred Winklmayr, a ski instructor and her Platonic friend, in order to obtain an Austrian passport. The marriage to an Austrian granted her the freedom to leave Communist Czechoslovakia without defection, so she could retain the right to return to visit her parents.
Ivana Winklmayr received her Austrian passport in March 1972. The following year, she obtained an absentee divorce from Alfred Winklmayr in Los Angeles, California, where he had moved to teach skiing.
Zelníková was romantically involved with the lyricist and playwright George (Jeri) Staid who was killed in a car accident in 1973. After Staid's death, Ivana moved to Canada where she lived with George (Jeri) Syrovatka whom she had dated since 1967; Syrovatka had defected to Canada in 1971 and owned a ski boutique in Montreal.
Ivana worked as a ski instructor while living in Canada. She lived in Montreal for two years when she continued to improve her English by taking night courses at McGill University and also worked as a model.
In 1975, Ivana told the Montreal Gazette that she considered modeling to be a job, rather than a career. Her modeling clients included Eaton's department store and the designer Jackie San ft, along with promotional work for the 1976 Summer Olympics that were being hosted in Montreal.
Donald Jr. learned to speak fluent Czech (with the help of his maternal grandfather), while Ivanka gained only a basic understanding of her mother's native tongue, and Eric was not exposed to the language since, by the time of his birth, his grandparents were comfortable using English. Ivana took on major roles in The Trump Organization, working as a senior executive for seven years during her marriage to Trump.
Vanity Fair reported that she worked to earn an interior designer's license after moving to New York and described her as a “tough-minded business partner”. By 1983, The New York Times reported that she was in charge of design for the Trump Organization.
As the company's vice president of interior design, she led the signature design of Trump Tower. Ivana was appointed CEO and president of the Trump Castle Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City and later became the manager of the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan.
However, the Trump's troubled marriage became the subject of public interest over the Christmas holiday in 1989, when the family went on vacation to Aspen, Colorado, and were observed fighting after Ivana encountered Donald Trump's mistress Marla Maples. The Chicago Tribune reported that by February 1990, Donald Trump had locked Ivana out of her office at the Plaza Hotel, and a legal battle ensued over the legitimacy of the four prenuptial agreements the pair had successively negotiated over the years.
The Trumps' divorce proceedings received worldwide publicity. Front-page coverage appeared in New York tabloid newspapers for eleven days in a row, and the story was the subject of Liz Smith's entire news coverage for three months.
In a deposition relating to their divorce, Ivana accused Donald Trump of rape and of pulling out handfuls of her hair. In Harry Hurt III's book Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump, she confirmed that she had “felt violated”.
However, in a statement provided by Donald Trump and his lawyers, Ivana Trump said that she had used the word “rape”, but she did not “want words to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense.” The uncontested divorce was granted in December 1990 on the grounds of cruel and inhumane treatment by Mr. Trump.
Ivana had to sign a non-disclosure agreement as a condition of the divorce settlement, and she was required to seek Donald Trump's permission before publicly discussing their marriage. The New York Times reported in 1991 that Ivana's divorce settlement included $14 million, a 45-room Connecticut mansion, an apartment in the Trump Plaza, and the use of Mar-A-Lago for one month a year.
Soon after her divorce from Donald Trump in 1992, Ivana developed lines of clothing, fashion jewelry and beauty products that have been sold through television shopping channels, including the Home Shopping Network and QVC London. In 1995, she presided over the House of Ivana, a fashion and fragrance company with a showroom located on Park Avenue in New York.
In 1998, she pursued business interests in Croatia (a vacation destination her parents frequently visited), which included the purchase of 33% of the nation's second largest daily newspaper. In 2004, the Ivana-branded Bentley Bay development in Miami, Florida, filed for bankruptcy.
In 2005, Trump was involved in several proposed condominium projects, including the never-built Ivana Las Vegas. In 2010, she sued the Finnish fashion company, Ivana Helsinki, accusing it of selling women's clothing that incorporated her name without permission.
Trump has published several books, including For Love Alone (1992), Free to Love (1993) and a self-help book called The Best Is Yet to Come: Coping with Divorce and Enjoying Life Again (1995). Ivana wrote an advice column about love and life for Globe, titled Ask Ivana, from June 1995 through January 2010.
In February 1999, Ivana launched her own lifestyle magazine titled Ivana's Living in Style. In 2001, she contributed an advice column for Divorce Magazine.
Ivana and Donald Trump made several appearances together on TV programs including The Oprah Winfrey Show in April 1988, followed by the BBC's Woman in May 1988. After her divorce from Donald Trump, Ivana was interviewed by Barbara Walters for ABC's 20/20.
Her first union to Alfred Winklmayr was for the goal of obtaining an Austrian passport. The union produced three children; Don in 1977, Ivanka in 1981 and Eric in 1984.
Ivana married Italian entrepreneur and international businessman Riccardo Mazzucchelli in November 1995. That same year, she filed a $15 million breach of contract suit against Mazzucchelli for violating the confidentiality clause in their prenuptial agreement.
Mazzucchelli filed a counter suit against Ivana and Donald Trump for libel in British court during 1997. The suit was later settled under undisclosed terms.
In the summer of 1997, she began dating Italian aristocrat Count Offered Gaëtan. After Massimo Garcia introduced them to each other in 2002, Ivana dated Italian actor and model Romano Rubicon for six years before they married on April 12, 2008.
The marriage to Rubicon, 36, was the fourth union for Ivana, then 59. The couple's $3 million wedding for 400 guests was hosted by ex -husband Donald Trump at Mar-A-Lago with daughter Ivanka as her maid of honor.
The wedding was officiated by Maryanne Trump Barry. Although Ivana and Rubicon divorced less than a year later, their on-again, off-again relationship continued until 2019, when Ivana announced they had once again “called it quits”.
As of August 2019, Ivana had ten grandchildren. In the late 2010s, she reportedly split her time between New York, Miami, and Saint-Tropez.
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While I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the GLOBE family, as well as the many friendships that I have developed over the years, other business pursuits, both nationally and internationally, will not allow me to devote the attention necessary to the column and to my readers. “Picture This: Ivana Has Her Own Magazine”.
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