Mary Lee Harvey is the now infamous ex-wife of comedian and host of the game show, Steve Harvey. They had a child together – a boy in 1997 before they were divorced in 2005. She became more famous after accusing her husband of infidelity and abuse when the subsequent court case became a matter of public record and she lost custody of her son to Steve.
Mary Lee Harvey Married
Mary Lee Harvey’s popularity is tied to just one thing – she was once married to the popular American TV presenter, actor, and comedian Steve Harvey. Mary was the top comedian’s second wife after he was separated from his first wife, Marcia Harvey. Their marriage was quite surprising and unexpected. They met in 1989 when he was working on a comedy show in Arlington, Texas. It was an instant encounter. They fell in love at first sight, and as most “love at first sight” stories go, they dated for less than a year and decided to develop their relationship a little further. They married later that year.
Contrary to popular belief at the time, they stuck together – for at least 17 years before finally breaking up. Their 17 years together as a couple were very commendable, as many did not give them the chance. Their marriage, which finally ended in divorce in 2005, produced a son named Wynton, born on 18 July 1997.
Mary Lee Harvey Husband
Mary Lee Harvey’s husband, Steve Harvey, was born Broderick Stephen Harvey on 17 January 1957 in Welch, West Virginia. He is a dynamic screen personality. He is a writer, comedian, actor, TV personality, producer, and also a radio host. His television show, The Steve Harvey Show, had an average of about 2.3 million viewers. He is an award winner (5 Emmy Awards and 14 NAACP Image Awards) and also a Christian.
Before his fame, Steve Harvey was a carpet cleaner, insurance salesman, amateur boxer, mailman, and auto worker.
Steve Harvey has been married three times and has seven children (three of whom are stepchildren). Since his first marriage to Marcia Harvey, he has twin daughters, Brandi and Karli, and one son. From his second marriage to Mary, Harvey has another son, Wynton. His third marriage to Marjorie Bridges meant that he had to father her three children and raise them as his own.
Mary Lee Harvey Family/Kids
The only known child of Mary Lee Harvey is Wynton Harvey – a child she had with Steve Harvey before her divorce in 2005. There is no information about other children with another husband/wife.
Mary Lee Harvey Divorce
The reason for the divorce of Mary Lee and Steve Harvey in 2005 after their 17-year marriage depended on a number of factors. However, although no explicit reference was made to the actual reason, the most prominent of these was the issue of infidelity (on the part of Steve Harvey). Mary accused him of infidelity with Marjorie Bridge while he was married to her. This accusation was also fuelled by the fact that he (Steve Harvey) started a romantic love affair and married her (Marjorie Bridge) in June 2007, immediately after his divorce from Mary Lee Harvey.
In addition, Mary has uploaded videos on YouTube stating that in addition to the fact that she was abused not only physically but also mentally, Steve Harvey also cheated on her with Marjorie Bridge, to whom he was already married at the time. But Steve wouldn’t let this pass because his public image was at stake. So he went to court against his ex-wife, and the court proved that there was no evidence to support Mary’s claim, so it was considered a false accusation.
Another reason attributed to the messy divorce was the fact that Steve Harvey’s professional career was growing astronomically and Mary could not really handle her husband’s celebrity status. After the divorce, the couple got into a custody battle over their 8-year-old son. The fight was won by Steve Harvey in 2011 after he filed documents showing that Mary had sent the boy to him after the divorce, even though Mary received three from Steve’s house and a welfare fee of $40,000 per month until 2009.
As part of the divorce settlement, Mary was prevented from speaking publicly about divorce issues. However, a few years after the divorce she violated the gag order and was arrested for contempt of court (contempt of court) and consequently thrown into prison. A year later, in January, she was released and she had this to say:
“I have not violated any court order. THIS IS ABOUT “NOT BEING ALLOWED TO TALK TO ANYONE ABOUT YOUR DIVORCE”. THAT’S WHAT THEY SAY. I SAY, “THIS IS AMERICA.”
Mary Lee Harvey was born Mary Shackelford. There is no further information known about her upbringing, parents, siblings, educational background, etc.
There is no information about the profession of Mary Lee Harvey. As mentioned above, she came into the limelight after her unsuccessful war life with her spouse Steve Harvey, and her private life seems to have disappeared after the divorce.