Political consultant turned reality television star Omarosa
Manigault-Stallworth rose to prominence as undisputed villainess of the
first season of NBC's “The Apprentice” (2004). She
later returned to compete in “The Celebrity
Apprentice” (2008). Omarosa also starred in a spin-off “The
Apprentice,” “The Ultimate Merger” (TV One,
2010), co-created by Donald J. Trump.
Currently, Omarosa is in a relationship with actor Michael Clarke
Duncan, who is 17 years old her senior. The couple met in the
produce section of a Whole Foods grocery store. She previously was
married to Aaron Stallworth (together from 2000 to 2005).
Childhood and Family:
Omaroseonee O. Manigault, who would later known as Omarosa
Manigault-Stallworth, was born on February 15, 1974, in Youngstown,
Ohio, to a Nigerian father and an African-American mother. She comes
from a big family, where her mom had eleven siblings and Omarosa has
sixty four first cousins. In 1996, she graduated from Central State
University in Ohio with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism. There
she also joined the women's volleyball team. Omarosa, whose nickname is
Pondarosa, then relocated to Washington, D.C. to study at Howard
University, where she took both a Master's and Ph.D. in Communications,
but finally did not achieve either.
On May 27, 2000, Omarosa was married to Aaron H. Stallworth. The couple divorced on June 6, 2005.
In August 2009, Omarosa attended United Theological Seminary in Ohio to
pursue a Doctor of Ministry degree. She earned a preacher's license in
February 2011 from her church (Weller Street Missionary Baptist Church
in Los Angeles, California) and was formally ordained on February 27,
2012. She went on to pursue a degree at Payne Theological Seminary.
Omarosa's brother, Jack, was found dead in his Youngstown, Ohio home on October 11, 2011. He was 40.
The Ultimate Merger
Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth worked in then Vice President Al Gore's
office during the Clinton Administration as Deputy Associate Director
of Presidential Personnel. She, however, was later fired because of
turbulent behavior. She has also served as an image consultant for Miss
Omarosa first came to the attention of public when she became a
contestant on the reality television show “The Apprentice,”
created by British TV producer Mark Burnett and starring business mogul
Donald Trump. Billed as “The Ultimate Job Interview,” the
first season originally aired on NBC from January 8, 2004 until April
15, 2004 and was a rating smash. She became the ninth person to be
eliminated from the show. Known for her controversial behavior,
“The Apprentice” launched Omarosa as the “woman
America loved to hate” and she was named by E! as “Reality
TV's No. 1 Bad Girl.” She later affirmed that the show's
producers manipulated the footage to make her look like the villain.
Omarosa was nominated for a Teen Choice Award in the category of Choice
Reality/Variety Jackass for her appearance on the show.
After her stint on “The Apprentice,” Omarosa has been
featured in a number of television reality shows, including VH1's fifth
season of “The Surreal Life,” NBC's “Fear
Factor” and VH1's “The Great Debate.” She has also
appeared in television talk shows such as “LIVE! with
Kelly,” “Late Night with Conan O'Brien,” “Larry
King Live,” “SoapTalk,” “Dr. Phil,”
“The Tyra Banks Show,” “The Wendy Williams
Show,” “The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch,” “The
Brian McKnight Show,” and became co-host on “Queer Edge
with Jack E. Jett” (2005).
In 2004, Omarosa landed her first television acting role in an episode
of “Girlfriends” called “L.A. Bound,” playing
Trina. She followed it up with a starring role on the comedy short
“Soul Sistahs” (2006).
In January 2008, Omarosa was invited to join “The Celebrity
Apprentice,” which made her the only former Apprentice to return
to show. She soon was involved in a personal feud with Piers Morgan and
was finally fired in week 10.
In June 2010, Omarosa and Donald Trump collaborated to create a new
dating show called “The Ultimate Merger,” which included
R&B singer/producer Al B. Sure! as one of the contestants. The show
premiered on TV One on June 17, 2010.
Omarosa will appear with Monique Coleman, Chyna Layne and Christian
Keyes in the upcoming comedy/drama film “We Are Family,”
directed by Trey Haley.