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Ivana Trump, ex-wife of former U.S. president Donald Trump, dead at 73
#1      Ivana Trump, ex-wife of former U.S. president Donald Trump, dead at 73    Former model and businesswoman died at home in New York City, according to post on social media
The Associated Press · Posted: Jul 14, 2022 3:56 PM ET | Last Updated: 4 hours ago
Ivana Trump, a skier-turned-businesswoman who formed half of a publicity power couple in the 1980s as the first wife of former U.S. president Donald Trump and mother of his oldest children, has died in New York City, her family announced Thursday. She was 73.

"I am very saddened to inform all of those that loved her, of which there are many, that Ivana Trump has passed away at her home in New York City," Trump posted on Truth Social.

"She was a wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman, who led a great and inspirational 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!"

Their children also released a statement, saying: "Our mother was an incredible woman — a force in business, a world-class athlete, a radiant beauty, and caring mother and friend. Ivana Trump was a survivor.

"She fled from communism and embraced this country," the statement continued. "She taught her children about grit and toughness, compassion and determination. She will be dearly missed by her mother, her three children and ten grandchildren."    From Czechoslovakia to Canada
She was born Ivana Zelnickova in 1949 in the Czechoslovak city of Gottwaldov, the former city of Zlin that just had been renamed by the Communists, who took over the country in 1948.

The ski racer and sometime model later moved to Canada, living in Montreal in the 1970s. Later that decade, she moved to the United States and married Trump, her second husband, in 1977.

She became an icon in her own right, dripping with '80s style and elegance, complete with accent and her signature beehive hairdo.

She would later appear in the 1996 hit film The First Wives Club with the now-famous line, "Ladies, you have to be strong and independent, and remember, don't get mad, get everything."

Partners in love and business — with her playing roles such as manager of one of his Atlantic City casinos — Ivana and Donald were fixtures of New York's see-and-be-seen scene before their equally public and messy divorce, which was finalized in 1992.

A man and woman pose in front of a docked yacht.
Ivana and Donald were married from 1977 until 1992. Here, they pose with their luxury yacht, the Trump Princess, at the 30th Street pier on the East River in New York City on July 4, 1988. (Marty Lederhandle/The Associated Press)
During the split, Ivana accused him of rape in a sworn statement. She later said that she didn't mean it literally, but rather that she felt violated.

Nevertheless, she ultimately remained friendly with her ex-husband, whom she famously called "The Donald." She enthusiastically backed his 2016 White House run and told the New York Post that year that she was both a supporter and an adviser.

How a move to Canada helped Donald and Ivana Trump meet
"I suggest a few things," she told the newspaper. "We speak before and after the appearances and he asks me what I thought." She said she advised him to "be more calm."

"But Donald cannot be calm," she added. "He's very outspoken. He just says it as it is."

A man and woman walk arm in arm down a city street.
Ivana is pictured with her late partner Roffredo Gaettani in New York City on April 19, 1999. Gaettani died in 2005. (Diane Freed/Getty Images)
With files from CBC News

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