• Mary Lee Shackleford is best known for being the ex-wife of Steve Harvey.
• She has a net worth of $500,000, which was increased by her association with Harvey who has an estimated net worth of $140 million.
• She met Steve while working on a comedy show in Arlington, Texas in 1989.
• They divorced in 2005 after Mary Lee accused Steve of infidelity and she was imprisoned for 30 days for violating court orders.
• After her release, she sued Steve for "murdering her soul" but lost the lawsuit.
Who is Mary Lee Harvey?
Mary Lee Shackleford was born in Texas, USA, in the late 1960s, and is best known for being the ex-wife of host, comedian, as well as radio personality Steve Harvey. She is his second wife and they were together for a total of 17 years. Their divorce at the time caused a lot of attention from the public and the media.
The Net Worth of Mary Lee Harvey
How rich is Mary Lee Harvey? As of late-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is at $500,000, earned through success in her various endeavors. Her wealth was also significantly increased thanks to her association with Harvey who has an estimated net worth at $140 million. As she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and Relationship
There is almost no information about Mary Lee’s early life, such as her childhood, education, or career prior to meeting Steve. The spotlight only came upon her when she became close to the comedian. According to reports, the two met while working on a comedy show in Arlington, Texas in 1989 and it was love at first sight. They dated for less than a year and decided to take it further, getting married during the same year. Prior to their marriage, Steve was a divorcee, having being married first to Marcia Harvey in 1980, with whom he has three children, though details about their marriage and divorce are also scarce. Their marriage went on well for the next few years and they had a son together. They would stay together for the next 14 years with her witnessing the continued rise of her husband’s career. She supported him in the background and things were going well for some time.
Husband – Steve Harvey
In 1990, Steve became a finalist in the Second Annual Johnnie Walker National Comedy Search, leading him to be signed as the host of “It’s Showtime at the Apollo”. He worked his way in the stand-up comedy circuit and that helped him land a starring role in “Me and the Boys”. In 1996, he starred in his own show called “The Steve Harvey Show” which got acclaim in the African-American community. He continued his stand-up work, and received a lot of mainstream success with projects such as “Racing Stripes” and “The Fighting Temptations”.
He released the book entitled “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” which increased his net worth significantly. He also hosts his own radio program called “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” which continues to air today. Other big projects he’s had include “Family Feud” and “Celebrity Family Feud” on ABC. He was also the host of his own talk show “Steve Harvey” which was cancelled in 2016. He is the host of the Miss Universe pageant, having begun his hosting duties since 2015. His life has been surrounded by praise as well as controversy, mainly for the comments he sometimes mistakenly makes.
In 2005, many were surprised when Mary Lee and Steve decided to divorce after a long 17 year marriage. According to reports, there were many factors to the break-up with, the main one being a case of alleged infidelity – she accused him of having an extramarital relationship with Marjorie Bridge while they were married. After their divorce, there was also the question of the custody battle for their child and to get more people on her side, she started uploading YouTube videos. In the videos, she accused Harvey of not only being unfaithful, but physically and mentally abusive as well.
Those statements were the final straw for Steve who now went to court taking legal action against the slander that was now spreading through her. He stated that there was no evidence to back up her claims so it was a false charge. Another reason for the divorce was the fact that Steve’s career was growing exponentially, and she could no longer stand the celebrity status of her husband. Steve won the custody battle over their child but Mary got Steve’s home as well as a $40,000 per month welfare fee, which lasted for four years.
As a part of the settlement, Mary was ordered not to make any public statements about the divorce but she continued to have her way by releasing public statements against Harvey. This led her to a violation of the court orders, and she was imprisoned for 30 days as a result. After her release, she made another public statement claiming that she did not violate any court orders. Steve on the other hand married Marjorie Bridges in 2007, the same woman that Mary Lee accused him of being in a relationship with during their marriage. He has credited Marjorie for making him a better man and a better father to his children. Marjorie also has three children from a previous relationship and Steve treats them as his own. They also have four grandchildren together.
Since Mary Lee’s release from prison she has remained quiet and out of the media spotlight for a few years. According to reports, she remarried and now carries the surname Vaughn. One of the last reports about her was in 2016, when she was reported to have gone to court suing her ex-husband for what she called “murdering her soul”. She was demanding $60 million, but lost the lawsuit.