Ivana Trump, the primary spouse of the previous president and a companion in shaping his gilded and larger-than-life persona in Nineteen Eighties New York Metropolis, has died on the age of 73.

Trump was born within the former Czechoslovakia, and have become a aggressive skier and mannequin. Along with elevating the previous president’s three older kids, Donald Jr, Ivanka and Eric, she was an writer, designer and govt who ran one among her husband’s Atlantic Metropolis casinos, the Trump Fort, and managed the Plaza Lodge in Manhattan.

In a social media submit on Thursday afternoon, Donald Trump mentioned he was “very saddened” to share the information that Ivana had died at her house in New York Metropolis.

Ivana Trump with children Ivanka, left, and Eric, and ex-husband Riccardo Mazzucchelli in October 1993
Ivana Trump with kids Ivanka, left, and Eric, and ex-husband Riccardo Mazzucchelli in October 1993 © AP

“She was a beautiful, lovely and superb lady who led an amazing and inspirational life,” he added.

Ivana Marie Zelníčková was born and raised in communist Czechoslovakia, the daughter of {an electrical} engineer. Accounts differ as as to whether she truly served as an alternate on the nation’s Olympic ski group in 1972. A wedding of comfort allowed her to acquire an Austrian passport. She then moved to Canada, the place she labored as a ski teacher and mannequin and improved her English.

In line with an account within the former-president’s memoir, Trump: The Artwork of the Deal, the couple met on the 1976 Summer season Olympics in Montreal and married the next 12 months in New York Metropolis. (Different accounts declare they met in New York Metropolis).

“I’d dated lots of totally different girls by then, however I’d by no means gotten severely concerned with any of them. Ivana wasn’t somebody you dated casually,” Trump wrote, stating that his then-wife was “virtually as aggressive as I’m”.

Ivana Trump arrives at amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS 2006 event in France
Ivana Trump arrives at amfAR’s Cinema Towards AIDS 2006 occasion in France © Reuters

After they wed, Donald handed Ivana, a lover of pink marble, duty for the inside design of properties that his firm, the Trump Group, was growing. Along with honing the Trump look, the bold Czech immigrant was additionally credited by Individuals Journal with engineering a decided social rise in Manhattan for her Queens-born husband.

The Trumps’ 14-year marriage blew up in spectacular trend after Donald took up with the youthful Marla Maples. Their divorce, finalised in 1991, grew to become a tabloid fascination. Ivana was reported to have walked away with $14mn, in addition to a house and an house.

Gossip columnist Liz Smith dubbed it “the largest story I’ve ever seen that isn’t necessary — subsequent to Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton”.

Despite the obvious acrimony, Donald hosted his ex-wife’s marriage ceremony to Italian actor Rossano Rubicondi at his Mar-a-Lago membership in Palm Seashore, Florida, in 2008. She returned the favour by supporting his presidential marketing campaign.

In her post-Donald life, Ivana hawked jewelry and cosmetics on the Residence Procuring Community and wrote best-selling books. In a 2017 memoir, Elevating Trump, Ivana quipped: “My model of helicopter parenting was to carry the children to work with me within the Trump chopper.”

In a current recollection of her Nineteen Eighties resort days, posted on her daughter’s weblog, Ivana eschewed her glamorous status to solid herself as a hard-working lady.

“As a fantastic, very rich lady, there was a stigma that I used to be speculated to be house, to decorate up for guests, go to lunches, help charities right here and there,” she wrote, “however that was not all I used to be about.”

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