Death of Ivana Trump: A guide to her TV and film appearances
Ivana Trump may be best known as former President Trump’s first wife, but the former model and businesswoman had her own share of Hollywood ties.
Trump, who died Thursday at 73 in New York, appeared in decades of television and film projects — mostly as herself, but once as a character.
According to IMDb, the Czechoslovakia-born Trump’s first acting credit dates back to 1970 as a “girl” for a single episode of the children’s television series “Pan Tau.”
After marrying Trump in 1977 — and becoming a power couple who dominated New York’s nightlife scene — Ivana appeared in many more projects. Always with her blonde hair styled in a bun, the media personality appeared on “WrestleMania IV”, “This Old House”, “Woga” and other programs throughout the 80s.
She scored more TV opportunities in the following decade, including numerous late-night television appearances, often in the context of her relationship with Trump.
However, her most notable credit was for Hugh Wilson’s feminist classic “The First Wives Club” in 1996. After divorcing Trump in 1992, Ivana appeared in the beloved film with her own experience as a first wife. .
“The First Wives Club” followed three women — portrayed by Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton — who navigate their messy divorces while trying to get revenge on the husbands who wronged them.
Trump made an appearance at the end of the film, visiting the eponymous club created by the main characters.
“Ladies, you have to be strong and independent,” she told the trio. “And remember, don’t get mad. Get it all!”
That same year, Trump earned his only writing credit for Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s television adaptation of his 1992 book, “For Love Alone.”
Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Trump was a regular guest on talk shows including “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “The View.” IMDb.com also credits Trump as an adviser for a 2008 episode of “The Apprentice,” the reality show hosted by her ex-husband.
In 2010, Trump made his “Big Brother” debut as a guest on the seventh season of “Celebrity Big Brother” in the UK. She was kicked out on day 25 of the reality competition.
During her ex’s presidential term (2016-2020), Trump appeared on “Good Morning America,” “The Wendy Williams Show,” and “Fox and Friends” to promote her 2017 memoir, “Raising Trump.”
Donald Trump announced Thursday the death of his ex-wife on social networks.
“I am deeply saddened to inform all who loved her, of which there are many, that Ivana Trump has passed away at her home in New York,” Trump said on Truth Social.
“She was a wonderful, beautiful and incredible woman who led a wonderful and inspiring 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!
The family did not say when she died or give a cause of death. However, two law enforcement officials with knowledge of the situation told The New York Times that New York police are investigating whether Trump fell down the stairs of his townhouse. One said the death appeared to be accidental.
She is survived by her ex-husband and their children.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.