SHE died in 2000 aged 88, but Donald Trump's mother Mary lives on in video interviews, which show she had much more in common with her son than their bouffant hair.

Mary Anne Macleod Trump, an almost penniless Scottish immigrant when she arrived in New York in 1930, recently appeared in old video interviews replayed since Trump's victory.

Mary Trump
Mary Trump

The mother of five and loyal wife of Trump's entrepreneurial father Fred looked like any other pretty, slim brunette in her youth.

But in her later years, her hair took on the same hue as Donald Trump's and, finally, morphed into an eerily familiar golden blow-dried comb-over.

And the similarities don't stop there.

While pundits say that Donald Trump has father Fred's tough attitude to work and business, his mother Mary was, like him, both shrewd and charismatic and had a love of showmanship.

Mary Macleod had just turned 18 years old when she arrived by ship in America with $50 to her name.

The youngest of ten children of a fisherman and crofter, she had grown up in poverty on the isolated Scottish Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides.

The Trumps had five children — Donald is on the left. The President’s older brother Fred (second from left) died of alcoholism aged 42. Picture: Facebook
The Trumps had five children — Donald is on the left. The President’s older brother Fred (second from left) died of alcoholism aged 42. Picture: Facebook

Gaelic was her first language and she learned English at school, where she became the top pupil.

Intending to work as a domestic servant, she and her sister Christina were among the influx of foreign workers with restricted education looking for a better life.

The sisters lived together on Long Island while Mary worked as a nanny for a wealthy family.

Fred Trump, the son of German immigrants, was already a property developer and builder by the time the two met, reportedly at a dance.

They married, in January 1936, and settled down in the New York borough of Queens, a middle-class neighbourhood.
Described as smart and vivacious, Mary Trump began having children as her husband expanded his property empire across New York.

Family photo of the five Trump siblings with, from left to right, Robert, Elizabeth, Fred Jnr, Donald and Maryanne. Picture: Donald Trump campaign
Family photo of the five Trump siblings with, from left to right, Robert, Elizabeth, Fred Jnr, Donald and Maryanne. Picture: Donald Trump campaign

The couple had five children between 1937 and 1948, with Donald being born in 1946.

Mary was upwardly mobile, a charming hostess for her husband's business functions.

By 1940, she had hired a Scottish maid for her burgeoning family household, and became involved in charity work.

The Trumps' eldest son Fred Trump Jnr, was a witty and personable man eight years older than Donald, but who died of alcoholism aged just 42.

Donald was the middle son, whose naughtiness as a teenager saw his father entering him into military service to straighten him up.

The eldest Trump child is Maryanne Trump Barry, a retired circuit court judge who is close to the President and has similar hair to both him and their mother.

Donald Trump shares a hairstyle with his elder sister Maryanne Trump Barry, a retired circuit judge with whom he is very close. Picture: Ed Jones/AFP
Donald Trump shares a hairstyle with his elder sister Maryanne Trump Barry, a retired circuit judge with whom he is very close. Picture: Ed Jones/AFP

Donald's other older sister, Elizabeth Trump Gau, worked in banking.

His younger brother Robert was an executive in Donald's empire until his retirement.

During her long life, Mary Trump returned to her native Scotland several times and the Isle of Lewis where she spoke in Gaelic.

She was a lover of the English monarchy and in his 1987 book, The Art of the Deal, Donald Trump recalled Mary being "enthralled by the pomp and circumstance of Queen Elizabeth II's 1953 coronation on television.

"Looking back, I realise now that I got some of my sense of showmanship from my mother," he wrote in the book.

"She always had a flair for the dramatic and grand. She was a very traditional housewife, but she also had a sense of the world beyond her."

In his book, "The Art of the Comeback," Trump praised his mother, while comparing her with the other women in his life.
"Part of the problem I've had with women has been in having to compare them to my incredible mother, Mary Trump," Trump wrote in the 1997 book.

Donald Trump with his parents, Fred and Mary at the New York Military Academy. Picture: Donald Trump/Instagram
Donald Trump with his parents, Fred and Mary at the New York Military Academy. Picture: Donald Trump/Instagram

"My mother is smart as hell."

Trump's mother Mary died just a year after her husband Fred's death at the age of 93.

Mary Trump has lived on in the fake Twitter account @TrumpsMummy which satirises all his decisions with her "approval".

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