Newsweek published this story under the headline of “Ivana, ‘Queen of the Castle’” on September 28, 1987. Because of the presence of Donald Trump’s family in the media, Newsweek is republishing the story.
They’re singing a new song in Trumpdom. Advertisements for Trump’s Castle hotel and casino in Atlantic City used to feature the motto “You’re the King of the Castle.” But last month some of the ads got the royal flush. They were replaced by a slightly more liberated motto: “You’re the King and Queen of the Castle.”
Casino officials say the change was prompted by complaints from women who felt snubbed by the slogan. Chief among them: Ivana Trump, wife of Donald, chief executive officer of his largest casino—and the real queen of the Castle.
Blond and statuesque, Ivana looks like she would be more at home on the pages of Town & Country, where she once was the subject of a lavish photo spread at the Trumps’ Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla.
But her origins are hardly those of the typical New York socialite. Born in Vienna and reared in Czechoslovakia, she was an alternate on the Czech Olympic ski team before she immigrated to Montreal and became a fashion model. She met Donald Trump at a reception for Olympic athletes. The two fell in love almost immediately and married in 1977. Later Ivana gave birth to the couple’s three children and also obtained a decorator’s license.
At first her work for Trump’s empire was confined largely to interior design. But when Donald opened the Castle in 1985, her horizons expanded. Today Ivana reigns over more than 3,500…
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