Meet Mary Lee Harvey: Ex-wife of Steve Harvey, Who Got a Lot of Media Attention After Their Divorce 

Mary Lee Harvey is the former wife of Comedian and TV Host, Steve Harvey, who became popular following her marriage to the famous entertainment star. 

The ex-couple were married for nine years before ending the marriage with a messy divorce in 2005. 

While the marriage might’ve ended, the issue surrounding their divorce only served to spark more public interest in Mary, as the once quiet woman became very vocal.

So, it’s not surprising that you’re curious to find out about Steve Harvey’s ex-wife.

Fortunately, this article will take care of details about her early life, career, net worth, family, her relationship to Steven Harvey, and where she is now.

Mary Lee Harvey Biography 

Mary Lee Harvey, born Mary Shackelford was born on the 20th of October 1960, in Arlington, Texas, USA.

She has not revealed much about her family and upbringing, other than she was raised alongside 9 siblings.

In addition, she once disclosed in a video that she had a bad relationship with her father.

Mary caught media attention after her marriage to popular media personality, Steve Harvey. However, the marriage ended in 2005, and issues surrounding the divorce escalated into accusations and legal battles, even up to 2018.

Before her marriage to Steve, she worked as a makeup artist. However, she never made public what career she focused on during her marriage and after the divorce.

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Before her marriage to Steve Harvey, Mary Lee worked as a professional makeup artist in the 80s up until the early 90s.

However, during her marriage, it was unclear what she did for a living. Additionally, after the marriage ended in 2005, she remained quiet about details of her personal life.

What Is Mary Lee Harvey’s Net Worth?

The net worth of Mary Lee is not known to the public.

Mary Lee Harvey Family 

Wynton Harvey 

Not much is known about Mary Lee’s parents and siblings. However, as I’ve earlier established, she once revealed that she was raised in a family of 10 children.

She got married to Steve Harvey on 21st June 1996. She gave birth to their son, Wynton Harvey, on July 18, 1997. He’s a social media personality and photographer.

However, her marriage to Steve came to an end in 2005.

Mary Lee Harvey and Steve Harvey 

Mary Lee Harvey and Steve Harvey on the red carpet

Mary Lee Harvey and Steve Harvey tied the knot on June 21, 1996, after reportedly dating for a good number of years.

They met in Arlington, Texas, in 1989. Mary was working as a makeup artist while Steve, who was still married to his first wife, Marcia Harvey, was a stand-up comedian.

It’s not clear when the two started a romantic relationship, but it wasn’t until 1996 that they got married, two years after Steve ended things with his first wife.

The following year, the couple welcomed their only child, Wynton Harvey.

Not much was known about Mary Lee until her marriage to the popular TV host and comedian. However, the marriage ended in a messy divorce in 2005.

During the divorce settlement, the court passed a gag order preventing both parties from speaking about the divorce. However, that didn’t mark the end of the battle.

In 2011, six years after their divorce, Mary uploaded a series of YouTube videos, accusing Steve of infidelity with his third wife, Marjorie Harvey, while still married to her.

Also, she accused him of psychological and physical mistreatment and keeping their son away from her. She further asserted that she was in a financial crisis due to the unfair financial settlements following the divorce.

Steven responded to her accusations by taking her to court. And after a series of legal battles, he was favored against Mary.

He was able to provide evidence that showed that he paid her $40,000 monthly until 2009, $1.5 million at some point, and provided her three houses. 

Also, he accused her of being responsible for destroying her relationship with their son. 

The judge responded by ordering Mary Lee to stop making further comments and to withdraw the videos.

However, it didn’t end there as Steven further filed a case against her for defamation and breaking the gag order. 

According to TMZ, he delivered a Valentine’s Day package on February 17, 2011, containing chocolates, a card, and a summon to court.

The case dragged on for two more years until the judge sentenced Mary Lee to prison for one month in 2013.

Notwithstanding, Mary Lee fired back with a $60 million lawsuit against Steven in 2017 claiming emotional torture, alleged child kidnapping, and conspiracy against rights.

However, the Supreme Court of California dismissed the lawsuit. 

In addition, two years after the divorce, Steve Harvey got married to Marjorie Harvey in 2007. 

On the other hand, it’s unclear whether Mary Lee remarried. 

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Meet Steve Harvey

Steve Harvey laughing

Brodrick Steve Harvey is an American TV host, comedian, producer, actor, and author. He was born on January 17, 1957.

He began his career in the early 80s as a stand-up comedian before later hosting Showtime at the Apollo.

Over the years, he has built a successful career as a TV host, hosting several shows, including the Miss Universe Competition, Little Big Shots, Little Big Shots Forever Young, and Steve Harvey’s Funderdome.

Also, he’s the host of The Steve Harvey Morning Show, Family Feud, Celebrity Family Feud, Family Feud Africa, and others.

Furthermore, he’s an author of four, including a best-seller, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.

He has won numerous awards, including Emmy, Marconi, and NAACP Image Awards.

Steve Harvey has been married thrice and divorced twice. Mary Lee Harvey was his second wife, whom he divorced in 2005. He’s currently married to Marjorie Harvey.

How Old Is Mary Lee Harvey?

Mary Lee Harvey, who was born on the 20th of October, 1960, is currently 63 years old.

Mary Lee Harvey Now

After many years of speaking out about her divorce, Mary Lee now lives a quiet life in California, USA, with few public appearances.

Final Words

Mary Lee Harvey, the ex-wife of Steve Harvey once lived a quiet life until her marriage to the famous comedian and TV host shot her into the spotlight.

She remained in the spotlight for a long time after the divorce after making several accusations against her ex-husband and losing the cases she filed against him.

Also, the divorce had impacted her badly, ruining her reputation, following the numerous accusations she made, which were discovered to be false. 

However, after losing the 2017 $60 million lawsuit she’d filed, she had returned to living a quiet life.

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Marymartin Okoabu
Marymartin Okoabu

Chinonso Marymartin Okoabu is a creative writer who focuses on SEO contents and fictions. With more than two years experience in SEO writing, she writes articles for websites. In her spare time, she crafts short stories that explore life experiences. Her creative works have been published on different websites and Love Feast Magazine. She is the winner of the E C. Michael's prize for short stories, 2022.

Chinonso is a graduate of Human Anatomy from the University of Calabar.
She hails from Ibusa in Oshimili North local government area of Delta state.

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