Marcia Harvey is an American businesswoman, author and ex-wife of the popular TV host, comedian and entertainer, Steve Harvey. The couple ended their marriage in 1994 and has three children together.
Early life, career
Marcia Harvey was born on 22 January 1955 in Cleveland, Ohio US. Her parents are from African ethnicity. Marcia’s first job was at a department store “Saks Fifth Avenue”. After divorcing her husband Steve Harvey, she started few businesses in clothing and writing. Marcia has written three books. In 2011 she published poetry book “Marcia: Eyes to the Soul”, dedicated to her marriage and life with Steve and their divorce. “Marcia: Poems from the Heart” came out the same year. In 2014 she published “Thoughts from My Mind”.
Marcia and Steve met at a reception party of a mutual friend. They got married in 1980. Their twin daughters were born two years later, Brandi and Karli. In 1990 the couple separated. Marcia was pregnant at the time with their third child. The son Broderick Jr. was born in 1991.
The reasons for the divorce were never revealed. However at the beginning of the marriage life, Steve worked as insurance salesman, but he wanted a career in entertainment and Marcia didn’t support that idea. So, this could be one reason for the breakup. The divorce was finalized in 1994. The legal battle continued as Steve didn’t want to pay child support and alimony.
He had to pay $5100 per month, but he abandoned the family. So, the court declared him guilty and he was forced to pay $36,000 to Marcia. She raised the kids as a single mother. They use every opportunity to mention how they are proud of her and what inspiration she has been for them. When this scandal was at the spotlight, it was obvious that Steve was already living with his girlfriend, before the divorce procedure began. This could be another reason for the divorce with Marcia.
Later in her life, Marcia married for a second time to a man named Larry Greene. She keeps her personal life private and is not active on Social Media. However it is known that she is a grandmother and has a nephew from her daughter Karli.
After the drama was solved, the family has continued friendly relationship with Steve. Their daughter Brandi is also an author, fully supported in her work by her parents. She wrote a book last year about personal transformation. Marcia Harvey lives in Cleveland, US.
Ex-husband Steve Harvey
Broderick Stephen Harvey was born on 17 January 1957 in Welch, West Virginia US. He is famous entertainment, comedian, businessman and TV host. As he family moved, he was raised in Cleveland, Ohio. After high-school in 1974 Steve continued at Kent State University and West Virginia University. The street in Cleveland where he lived was renamed after him in 2015.
Steve worked different jobs to support himself, from carpet cleaner, boxer, mailman and insurance salesman. He was homeless for three years. His first standup comedy performance happened in 1985. Steve participated in the Second Annual Johnnie Walker National Comedy Search in 1990, so soon after he started to host “It’s Showtime at the Apollo”. In 1996 “The Steve Harvey Show” began and lasted until 2002.
Steve continued as a standup comedian, who performed in 1997 on the Kings of Comedy Tour. Spike Lee put the entire act in a movie called “The Original Kings of Comedy”. This title Steve used as a name of a TV Show that was aired from 2003 to 2005.
Harvey has a weekday radio show since 2000 that is called “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” and from last year it is aired in the whole country. In 2003 he played roles in the movies “The Fighting Temptations” and “Love Don’t Cost a Thing”. Next year he appeared in “Johnson Family Vacation” and “You Got Served”.
In 2009 Steve published a book “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” that became very popular so a movie based on the book was filmed later “Think Like a Man”, a romantic comedy. It was 23 weeks number one book on the New York Times bestseller list. Since then he published few more.
“You control what you can control—your image, the way you conduct yourself, the way you let men talk to and approach you—and use that to get the relationship you want”, one of the quotes from the book. Steve started to host “Family Feud” in 2010 and during summer he hosts on ABC “Celebrity Family Feud”. Celebrities compete for a $25,000 that goes for a charity they choose.
His last standup comedy performance happened in Las Vegas in 2012, when he ended his career in stand-ups after 27 years. The next year he got a star on a Hollywood walk of fame. He was nominated in 2013 for a Daytime Emmy Award, both for Outstanding Talk Show host and Outstanding Game Show Host.
Don't forget to pray, don't be ashamed to pray, and don't be too proud to pray. Prayer changes things. I don't care how dark things look to you. I don't care what anyone has said to you. I don't care what the verdict is, I don't care what the haters say. Don't forget to pray pic.twitter.com/jYnU8CqiQf
— Steve Harvey (@IAmSteveHarvey) March 22, 2020
Steve was noticed worldwide in 2015 when he hosted the Miss Universe contest in Las Vegas and made a mistake reading other name instead of the winner’s. However he did host the same competitions in the following years: 2016 in Philippines, 2017 in Las Vegas and 2018 in Thailand.
Steve Harvey and Ellen DeGeneres were executive producers of the series “Little Big Shots” that were hosted by Steve from 2016 to 2019, where children showed their talents. In 2017 Harvey opened the company “Steve Harvey Global”, which includes his production company East One Twelve, also started the Sand and Soul Festival, own the rights of the international Family Feud show and Harvey Events, managed by one of his daughters.
In 2017 Harvey hosted the New Year’s Eve special on Fox in New York and it is the most watched such broadcast so far. Steve has said many politics and racial comments that started controversies, so he had to apologize in many occasions.
Marcia Harvey was his first wife, from who he divorced in 1994. During that time he was seeing his second wife Mary Shackelford. They have a son together and divorced in 2005. Marjorie Bridges is Steve’s third wife that married in 2007. They have three adopted children and four grandchildren. He has one more from the daughter Karli. The couple is still together after 12 years of marriage.
Steve&Marjorie Harvey Foundation
The couple started a foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps youth trough educational programs, mentoring and camps that strengthen their health, intellectual and social well being. His daughter from the first marriage, Brandi was an executive director. The foundation is a partner with Walt Disney Resort that provides yearly workshop for 100 students. Also, Kent State University, where Steve studied, is a partner of the foundation which gives scholarships for students.
Marcia’s net worth is estimated over $10 million. She became successful businesswoman after was abandoned by Steve and raised her children as a single mother. Her husband’s net worth on the other hand is estimated more than $150 million, as one of the richest TV personalities. However Steve includes his children in his company and businesses, as well as charity work.