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Ivana Trump (born Ivana Marie Zelníčková Winklmayr ( ; February 20, 1949) is a former Olympic athlete, socialite, and fashion model noted for her marriage to mogul Donald J. Trump.

Early years

Ivana was born in Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakiamarker, now Zlínmarker, Czech Republicmarker. From a very young age, her father nurtured and encouraged her skiing talent. In 1972, Ivana Zelníčková Winklmayr was selected as an alternate on the 1972 Czechoslovakmarker Olympic Ski Team which allowed her several opportunities to travel outside the Communist Bloc. Soon after, she married childhood friend George Syrovatka, a Canadian citizen, in order to attain a foreign passport so that Communist leaders would not deem her a defector.

In the early 1970s she earned a master's degree in physical education from Charles University of Prague. In 1975 she left Czechoslovakia for Canadamarker to be with George, who owned a ski boutique there. For the following two years she lived in Montrealmarker and worked as a model for some of Canada's top fur companies. In 1976 she divorced Syrovatka and moved to New Yorkmarker to promote the Montreal Olympics. It was in New York that she met Donald J. Trump, son of prominent real estate developer Fred Trump.

Marriages and family

On April 7, 1977, she married Trump in a lavish society wedding. The Trumps became leading figures in New York high society and business during the 1980s. They set to work on several massive projects, including the construction of the Grand Hyatt Hotel, the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resortmarker in Atlantic City, New Jerseymarker, and the Trump Towermarker on Fifth Avenuemarker in Manhattan.

They had three children: Donald John, Jr. (b. 31 December 1977), Ivanka Marie (b. 30 October 1981), and Eric (b. 6 January 1984). She has two grandchildren from her eldest son's marriage to Vanessa Haydon: Kai Madison (b. 12 May 2007) and Donald John III (b. 18 February 2009).

Ivana Trump took a major role in the Trump Organization. She became the Vice President of Interior Design for the company, spearheading the signature design of Trump Tower. Afterwards, Donald appointed her to head up the Trump Castle Hotel and Casino as president.

In the late 1980s, Trump decided to leave Atlantic City in order to devote more time to her family. However, Donald asked her to oversee the restoration of the landmark Plaza Hotelmarker, and she took over as its president. She was named Hotelier of the Year in 1990. Trump's work at the Plaza would be the zenith of her work within the Trump Organization.

Towards the end of that year, rumors began to circulate that Donald was having an affair with a former beauty queen from Georgia, Marla Maples. While the family was on holiday in Aspen, Coloradomarker that Christmastime, Ivana encountered Maples on the ski slopes; their confrontation was reported in the New York Post the following day. In 1991, Ivana retained entertainment attorney Neil Papiano and filed for divorce, seeking a greater amount of the family fortune than had been set out in her prenuptial agreement. Donald fought back in court, protesting Ivana's claims that she had contributed to the Trump Organization.

The divorce battle fueled extensive pieces in the gossip columns. The situation was resolved after the sudden death of Ivana's father from a massive heart attack. The Trumps stood side by side at the funeral and their divorce was settled soon after.

Although the settlement remains sealed by the courts it is rumored that Ivana received $20 million, the $14 million family estate in Connecticut, a $5 million housing allowance, $350,000 annual alimony, all of her jewelry and 49% of Mar-A-Lagomarker, the family home in Palm Beachmarker which also serves as a private club for the Palm Beach elite.

Not long after her divorce from Trump, Ivana married Riccardo Mazzucchelli. The marriage did not make it to its second anniversary. Trump filed a $15 million breach of contract suit against Mazzucchelli for violating the confidentiality clause in their prenuptial agreement. The suit was settled out of court.

Ivana Trump became a grandmother when Vanessa Haydon Trump, wife of Donald Jr., gave birth to a girl, Kai Madison Trump, on May 12, 2007.

In April 2008, Trump, 59, married her on/off mate, Rossano Rubicondi, who is 24 years her junior. The $3 million wedding for 400 guests was hosted by ex-husband Donald Trump at his Floridamarker Mar-A-Lago estate. Trump's daughter Ivanka, of the reality show The Apprentice, was her maid of honor. On December 1, 2008 Trump confirmed to the Associated Press that she had filed a legal separation agreement three months previously, she has stated in interviews the she and her husband have an on again off again relationship.

In December 2008, Ivana Trump was spotted with French model John-David Dery, 22, at an awards night at the Hotel Bristol in Paris.

Career

Soon after her divorce from Donald Trump, Ivana signed on with the William Morris Agency and developed lines of clothing, fashion jewelry and beauty products that have been sold through television shopping channels, all massive successes. She has also written several books including the bestselling novels For Love Alone and Free to Love as well as the bestselling self-help books The Best is Yet to Come: Coping with Divorce and Enjoying Life Again. In 2001, Trump penned an advice column for Divorce Magazine. She played a cameo role in the Hollywoodmarker film The First Wives Club with the memorable line: "Remember girls, don't get mad, get everything."

Ivana is presently involved in a trademark dispute with Donald regarding the use of her name for use with real estate services.

Ivana was the host of Oxygen Network's reality-dating series Ivana Young Man in 2006.

Trump's website, IvanaTrump.com, features her "Ivana Haute Couture" perfume and cosmetics lines as well as her line of cameo jewelry, designed in conjunction with Italian cameo sculpting firm M+M Scognamiglio.

Ivana's husband, Rossano Rubicondi, became one of stars of the Italian reality show L'isola dei famosi ("Celebrity Survivor") in 2008.

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