Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Exclusive: Ivana Trump Funeral Planned for Wednesday at Famed Upper East Side Church


The tragic reality of the death of Ivana Trump is just setting in.

Ivana, aged 73, was found dead Thursday in her Upper East Side townhouse. According to the medical examiner, she fell from her “Dynasty” like staircase and hit her head. She died immediately.

Even with all her money, Ivana was definite: she didn’t want anyone living in the house with her, and certainly wouldn’t wear a Life Alarm around her neck. She took her chances.

Now I’m told Ivana’s funeral is planned for Wednesday, July 20th. Church sources say it will take place at the famed St. Vincent de Ferrer Catholic Church on Lexington Avenue. The church, an architectural masterpiece, was where Andy Warhol prayed, and Geraldine Ferraro was memorialized at her own funeral.

The choice is very appropriate. St. Vincent was the saint of builders. Ivana literally rebuilt the Plaza Hotel when her husband bought it, restoring it to grandeur. She built businesses and a life for herself after Donald Trump was caught having an affair.

The affair still gnawed at her. I’m told not invited to her funeral are Marla Maples, the wife who succeeded her, and Marla’s daughter with Donald, Tiffany Trump. I would guess that Mary Trump, the cousin who has revealed a lot of family secrets in books and interviews, won’t be on the list either. Mary, strangely, has not posted anything to Twitter about Ivana’s death.

There are reports that Donald himself will attend, along with current wife Melania. Why not? Donald is a publicity hound, and he would consider this a perfect way to get sympathy and attention just as he and daughter Ivanka are set to testify in front of New York State Attorney General Letitia James.

If Donald stands in front of St. Vincent de Ferrer proclaiming his love for his death ex wife, keep this in mind: it was another church, Marble Collegiate, where he said he met in secret with Maples while he was married to Ivana. He’s a very religious man, you know!

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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