The casinos. The women. The apprentices. The hair. It’s the Donald.
Who else but Donald Trump would try to trademark the phrase “You’re fired!” — his signature line from the reality TV show “The Apprentice”? Or build the dizzying Trump World Tower across from the United Nations, drawing the ire of the likes of Walter Cronkite? Or take over the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA franchises — and have the Miss USA contestants pose for photographs in lingerie?
With his audacious and ostentatious lifestyle, Trump became a celebrity long before his TV show. He followed in his father’s footsteps as a real estate developer, wrote books such as “The Art of the Deal” to explain his philosophy and became tabloid fodder when he had an affair with Marla Maples, whom he married in 1993 after divorcing Ivana Trump. After he and Maples divorced in 1999, Trump married model Melania Knauss. In addition to upheaval in his personal life, the high-flying businessman has seen his companies file for bankruptcy more than once and has been publicly attacked over his real estate developments, seminars and other business affairs.
In 2004, Trump began hosting his competition show “The Apprentice” on NBC. In 2006, Trump and Rosie O’Donnell began a feud, after O’Donnell called him a “snake-oil salesman” in relation to a controversy in the Miss USA pageant.