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Ivana Trump biography: 13 things about Czech-American fashion designer, model

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Ivana Marie Zelníčková Trump was an American fashion designer, model and business woman originally from the Czech Republic. Here are 13 more things about her:

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  1. She was born to electrical engineer Miloš Zelníček and telephone operator Marie Zelníčková in Gottwaldov, Moravia, Czechoslovakia, which was renamed Zlín, Czech Republic on January 1, 1990.
  2. In 1967, she started dating Czech songwriter and playwright Jiři Staidl, also known as George Syrovatka.
  3. In 1971, Syrovatka defected to Canada. In the same year, she married Austrian ski instructor Alfred Winklmayr, her platonic friend, to obtain Austrian citizenship. Through the marriage, she was allowed to leave Czechoslovakia without defection and return to visit her parents. In 1972, she graduated from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic with a master’s degree in physical education. In the same year, she received her Austrian passport.
  4. In 1973, Syrovatka died in a car accident in Říčany, Czech Republic. In the same year, she obtained an absentee divorce from Winklmayr in Los Angeles, California, United States where he had moved to teach skiing. From 1973 to 1975, she lived in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She attended McGill University in Montreal to improve her English while working as a model.
  5. In 1976, she met Donald Trump in New York City, New York, USA while she was working as a model. On April 7, 1977, they got married at the Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan, New York City. She gave birth to their children Donald Trump Jr. in December 1977, Ivana Marie “Ivanka” Trump in October 1981 and Eric Trump in January 1984.
  6. In 1988, she became a U.S. citizen. In the same year, she appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” with Donald and on the BBC show “Wogan“.
  7. In October 1990, her father died from a heart attack. In December 1990, she and Donald were granted uncontested divorce on the grounds of cruel and inhumane treatment by him. In 1991, Donald cut off her alimony payments after she was interviewed by Barbara Walters for the ABC show “20/20“. In 1992, the divorce was finalized and she released her book “For Love Alone” and appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” again. In 1993, her book “Free to Love” was published.
  8. In 1995, her book “The Best Is Yet to Come: Coping with Divorce and Enjoying Life Again” was published. In the same year, she presided over the House of Ivana, a fashion and fragrance company with a showroom on Park Avenue in New York City. In 1996, she had a cameo role in the film “The First Wives Club” starring Bette Midler, Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn. From 1995 to 1997, she was married to Italian entrepreneur Riccardo Mazzucchelli. She dated Italian aristocrat Count Roffredo Gaetani dell’Aquila d’Aragona Lovatelli from 1997 to his death in 2005.
  9. In 1998, she pursued business interests in Croatia. In February 1999, she launched her own lifestyle magazine titled Ivana’s Living in Style.
  10. In 2002, she started dating Italian actor and model Rossano Rubicondi. They got married on April 12, 2008 at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, USA, which was hosted by Donald. After she and Rubicondi’s divorce in 2009, they continued an on-again, off-again relationship until 2019. Rubicondi died on October 29, 2021.
  11. In 2006, she hosted “Ivana Young Man“, an Oxygen Network reality television special. In 2010, she appeared in the United Kingdom version of “Celebrity Big Brother“. In the same year, she sued Finnish fashion company Ivana Helsinki, accusing it of selling women’s clothing that incorporated her name without permission.
  12. In 2017, she released an autobiography titled “Raising Trump“.
  13. On July 14, 2022, she died at her home in Manhattan at the age of 73.
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