5 Things You Didn't Know About Me
- First job was a lifeguard!
- Worked as a switchboard operator for a carpet company in Dalton, GA to help with college expenses
- I love turning back flips on the trampoline!
- I can bait my own hook.
- I LOVE playing basketball. Played State level ball in high school
Actress, radio and television host, singer/songwriter, Marla 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 at the age of 20.
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 later 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, most recently starring in the indie film "Switching Lanes" to be released early 2014. She received the "Best Cast Award" by the National Review Board along with her cast mates for the critically acclaimed film "Happiness." Her love for the stage took her back to lights of New York Theater where she was honored to be cast 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. Her most recent TV appearance is another Disney hit, as she guest starred on the popular teen series “Liv & Maddie” in the summer of 2014.
As a songwriter and singer, Marla released the "One World of Love Benefit EP3" and had the awe-inspiring opportunity to perform the single "One World of Love" on stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Marla just released the album "The Endless…" featuring spiritual leaders Deepak Chopra, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Michael Berg, Tara Sutphen, Gurutej, and Michael Beckwith. The single "The House of Love" featuring Deepak Chopra and LogiQ Pryce just won the Hollywood Music in Media Award (HMMA) for best song in the Ambient/New Age category. Her music clip for the single, "The Pearl" can be viewed on YouTube.
Marla has appeared on the cover of over 25 magazines, and has enjoyed sharing her secrets to vibrant and joyful living, in publications ranging from Vogue to Fitness Magazine. She hosts the radio show "Awakenings with Marla" on Contact Talk Radio, is a contributing writer to a variety of magazine publications, and was recently featured on Oprah's hit TV show "Where Are They Now?"
Marla is passionate about bringing people together & helping uplift humanity, knowing that the true work starts within. She 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 of Atlanta.