Sunday, June 16, 2024

Exclusive: Ivana Trump, Alone in Townhouse, Planned to Leave for South of France


The death of Ivana Trump is a shock and a surprise to everyone who knew her.

Friends say Ivana was packing to leave for the South of France. She was getting ready to leave for St. Tropez for the first time in at least three years.

Not that she was a recluse. Ivana, like all of us, had been prevented from traveling by COVID.

But the third week in July is the big one in St. Tropez. That’s when all the jet setters arrive and party. Ivana was a veteran of this crowd, which would include Europeans, South Americans, and all the beautiful people of wealth. At 73, she was still part of the in crowd. If Ivana had shown up, it was like royalty. Her death will cast a pall over the fun (although my guess is it will go on in her memory).

The bigger question is why was she alone in her townhouse? She had no aide present. “That’s the way she wanted it.,” says a friend. A coroner’s report will shed some light on why she fell down her magnificent staircase, whether it was a heart attack or if she tripped. It doesn’t really matter, what’s done is done.

But Ivana was fragile the last few weeks. She’d been photographed outside with an aide. Yesterday she was alone in a house that writer Phoebe Eaton described on Facebook as the magnificent kind from a romance novel. With three children and all those grandchildren, Ivana died alone. That’s a little hard to understand.

And Donald Trump’s carefully worded statement of grief? Don’t buy a word of it. He cheated on her like crazy until he had an affair — with Marla Maples — that was exposed. He tried to humiliate Ivana in front of the world. It was Donald who planted the “best sex I ever had” headline at the New York Post, not Marla. Let’s not forget that.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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