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Donald Trump's ex-wife joins DWTS: six things to know about her

Christina Marfice

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Christina is a reporter based in Boise, Idaho. She's a veteran vegetarian, a political junkie and a huge grammar snob. On the weekends, she can usually be found binging on Netflix, playing the piano or petting her cats, Daisy and Dandelion.

DWTS contestant Marla Maples is so much more than just Donald Trump's ex-wife

Another Dancing with the Stars contestant has been announced.

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This time, it's Marla Maples. And if her name doesn't ring any bells, don't worry — she's been out of the limelight for some time. To get fans up to speed before the season premieres on March 21, here's everything you need to know about Maples.

1. She was married to Donald Trump

This is probably what Maples is best known for: being married to businessman and presidential candidate Trump for six years. They got married in 1993, separated in 1997 and divorced in 1999. They have one child together, a daughter, Tiffany Ariana Trump.

2. She made a name for herself as an actress

Maples started acting in the early 1980s, and appeared in films like Maximum Overdrive and Executive Decision. She also made a number of guest appearances on TV, including Spin City in 1997, The Nanny in 1998 and most recently Disney's Liv and Maddie in 2014.

3. She's a musician, too

In 2013, Maples released an album of meditative music titled The Endless. One track on the album, "House of Love," won a Hollywood Music in Media award for Best New Age/Ambient Song.

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4. She's a longtime staple on talk radio

Maples currently hosts a show on Contact Talk Radio called Awakening with Marla Maples, where her guests over the years have ranged from authors to astrologists to brain surgeons.

5. She did a brief stint in theater

Maples starred in the Tony Award-winning musical The Will Rogers Follies in 1992. She also starred in an off-Broadway production of Love, Loss and What I Wore in 2011.

6. She's a longtime supporter of charity

Maples has been a longtime, vocal supporter of Kids Creating Peace, a charity that provides assistance for children in Israel and Palestine. She has also split profits with charities on a number of her projects — her album One World of Love benefited Success for Kids, and she hosted an auction to raise funds for Spirituality for Kids.

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Do you plan to watch Marla Maples on the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars?

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