RIP Ivana Trump, 73, entrepreneur and author who worked hard to escape Donald’s shadow
I am very saddened to learn that Ivana Trump has passed away at the age of 73. Headlines describe her as “Donald Trump’s first wife.” She was much more than that.
Ivana was scandalized by Donald’s affair with Marla Maples in 1992. She was an integral part of Donald’s business world, responsible among other things for renovating the Plaza Hotel from top to bottom.
She did not take Donald’s inconsideration towards her lightly. She wrote books and became an entrepreneur. For years, when Donald was swallowed up by insolvency and then another divorce, from Maples, Ivana held her head high.
She was unlucky in love. His next two relationships had tragic ends. His long-time companion, Roffredo Gaettano, died in a racing accident. She took in two more husbands, and each marriage ended in discord and divorce.
Reports indicate that Ivana had a sudden heart attack today. There are other reports that she was seen with an aide or attendant in the past month. There is no doubt that Ivana was fragile. I’ve seen her several times over the past few years before the pandemic. She had a drinking problem, it was clear to everyone around her. She did not lead an independent life. When I saw her in May 2019, she told me that she spent much of her time living with her daughter Ivanka’s family in a house on the grounds of Donald’s Golf Club Bedminster, New Jersey,
Don’t let Donald’s tearful social media post fool you into thinking they were friends. Ivana ripped Donald into her memoir, which is probably not in print but can be searched on Google. She made many allegations against him that were nasty and undoubtedly true. Her death is tragic as she was a gentle woman who attempted to fight a rattlesnake. For a while, at least, she was ahead of this competition.