(Actress, Songwriter, Performer)
Actress, radio and television host, songwriter and performer, Marla Maples was raised in the beautiful countryside of Georgia. A true southern tomboy she dreamed of one day being in the Olympics but after success in the pageant world she changed course to begin an acting career, which led her to New York City just before her 21st birthday.
Marla made her Broadway debut in 1992 receiving national attention for her critically acclaimed performance in the Tony award winning musical production, “The Will Roger’s Follies.” She played to sell out audiences at the Palace Theatre for nearly one year before taking a leave of absence to marry then husband Donald Trump and give birth to their daughter Tiffany. She returned to Follies for the show’s successful national tour.
After her success in “Will Roger’s Follies”, Marla went on to co-host “The Miss U.S.A. Pageant” and “The Miss Universe Pageant” for two consecutive years.
She also co-hosted the Fox network morning show, “Fox After Breakfast”, with Tom Bergeron.
As an actor Marla has appeared in over 15 films and has guest starred in numerous television series. She received the “Best Cast Award” by the National Review Board along with her cast mates for the critically acclaimed film “Happiness.” Recently her love for the theater took her back to the lights of Broadway appearing in Nora and Delia Ephrons’ critically acclaimed play “Love, Loss and What I Wore.”
Marla was seen in the ABC/Disney prime time show, “The Ex-Wives Club”, which was praised by People Magazine as “Charlie’s Angels meets Touched By
An Angel.” As one of the hosts she has become a trusted and compassionate voice to help empower both men and women going through the pain and stress of divorce.
As a songwriter and performer Marla released the “One World of Love Benefit Album” with the intention to inspire peace, love and unity through music. In addition Marla most recently had the opportunity to perform her single “One World of Love” on the stage of Carnegie Hall in New York City for the Turn Up the Peace World Premier.
She is very excited to have just completed a new album which takes you on a mystical music journey and features spiritual teachers like Deepak Chopra, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Michael Berg, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Tara Sutphen and Sikh Gurutej Kaur.
Marla has been on the cover of over 25 magazines and has enjoyed sharing her ideas on health, fitness and spirituality in publications ranging from Vogue to
Fitness Magazine. She loves hosting the popular radio show “Awakening with Marla” on Contact Talk Radio, which shares the voices of those who are dedicated to uplifting humanity. Marla is a contributing writer to a variety of magazine publications.
Marla’s heart is set on one day seeing unity in the world and she works diligently to spread this message of hope. She is the director of inspirational leaders for Globunity and has been honored by the Wall Street Journal, Make a Wish Foundation, American Family Housing, Feed the Children, Shelter for the Homeless, and The City of Hope. She has served as honorary chairperson and host for numerous charities and foundations and was named Honorary Citizen