Mary Lee Harvey: Divorced With Comedian Husband in 2005, Struggle For Getting Access to Son

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Mary Lee Harvey: Divorced With Comedian Husband in 2005, Struggle For Getting Access to Son

Quick Information

  • Date of Birth 1960-10-20
  • Age 60 Years 9 Month(s)
  • Nationality American
  • Profession Makeup Artist
  • Birth Name Mary Vaughn
  • Zodiac Sign Libra
  • Ethnicity/Race African- American
  • Son/s Wynton Harvey
  • Relationship Status Married
  • Divorce/Split Yes(Once)
  • Ex-Husband Steve Harvey (m. 1996–2005)
  • Hair Color Black
  • Eye Color Black
  • Lesbian No

Almost every mother loves her children more than herself. It may nor matter even if she is no longer with her partner; her love for her children is unforgivable. Here we are discussing such a mother who struggled a lot to get her son after getting divorced with her comedian husband. Let’s explore more about her.

Married Life, Husband, And Divorce

Mary Lee Harvey was married to Steve Harvey, an American actor, television personality, and comedian after Steve got a divorce from his first wife, Marcia Harvey. 

The couple met in January 1989 while Steve was in Arlington, Texas for a comedy show. She was a makeup artist when she first met Steve. They fell in love at first sight and married later that year.

Steve Harvey and his second wife, Mary Lee Harvey at 2001 Rush Hour 2 Premiere (

The couple was blessed with a son together named Wynton. Wynton was born in 1997. Steve has four biological children, including twin daughters, Brandi and Karli, and a son, Broderick all from his first marriage and Mary is his second wife out of three.

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Their smooth going relationship was shattered by divorce. The 17-year long relationship as husband and wife ended in divorce in 2005. Though the reasons for their split didn't surface out, Mary sued Steve for torturing, child endangerment, and emotional distress.

She sued him in 2017 for a whopping $6 million. According to the TMZ, she was suicidal and had to self-motivate in order to cope up with the divorce. Steve Harvey had to follow some legal procedures regarding the contract of assets. Mary Lee was given three of their homes and $40000 per month until 2009.

Struggle For Getting Access to Son

After Mary's allegation, Steve took their son after. But, Mary wished to live with her son Wynton. Furthermore, the court documents revealed that Mary "willingly placed the child on an airplane and sent him to Mr. Harvey without his knowledge."

Mary shared her love for her son and also said that she lived for six years without him.

"I missed six years of my son's life and I can't get those years back".

The 2005 divorce between the couple, could be said as the reason which led Mary to this struggling stage. After all, Mary's divorce happened with almost no known information; Mary demanded back her son later. She claimed that she wasn't allowed to meet her son.

 But, now she might be struggling to get her son Wynton back from her ex-husband.

"I'm just a mother who wants to have access to my son without interference. I'm tired of getting pulled down to McKinney courthouse every time I say ‘Boo.' I'm not going to be silenced."

Steve Harvey Deemed Innocent, Mary in Jail

Sadly after a video went viral, Mary was arrested for leaking sealed information about the case in 2011. Later on, the court ruled that Steve was innocent of the child abuse crime he was accused of and proved that he was not a bad father to Wynton.

The child abuse allegations were that Steve Harvey beat his son Wynton after he got a complaint from his school regarding the child's lie about his homework assignment. The injuries on the child were confirmed however the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services confirmed that the boy was not at risk at all and the case was closed without further investigation. 

After being jailed, Mary had the following to say, 

I didn’t violate any court orders. This is about ‘You’re not supposed to be talking to anybody about your divorce.’ That’s what they’re saying. I’m like, this is America.

Now, Harvey has custody of his teenager Wynton. The truth about the relationship between Mary Lee Harvey, Steve Harvey, and Wynton Harvey, is still up in the air. Mary was released a year later in January.


Now, her son is an Instagram star in his own right. He has more than 38K followers on the popular photo sharing site, Instagram. Unlike her son, Mary keeps to herself and doesn't have a public account on social media.

While living a life surrounding many court cases and without social media presence, she has managed to author a couple of books.

Her books include The Bronzes Of Rembrandt Bugatti (1885 1916): An Illustrated Catalogue And Biography, Tilley and the Shining Star, Gypsy Legacy (Carnecrane, #2) and, The Morphological And Tenurial Structure Of A Yorkshire Township: Preston In Holderness 1066 1750.

Besides, she co-authored The Amazing Bugattis with Malcolm Haslam and Hugh G. Conway.

Steve Harvey's Bio

An American actor, entertainer, comedian, and television personality Steve Harvey was born on January 17, 1957. He is best known for his starring role in the hit WB sitcom The Steve Harvey Show.

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Now, the comedian is the host of the nationally syndicated radio program, "The Steve Harvey Morning Show." He is also the executive producer and host of the TV series Little Big Shots (2016).

Besides, he is also the host of famous shows like Family Feud(since 2010), Celebrity Family Feud(since 2015) and Miss Universe(since 2015). Steve Harvey owns the net worth of $140 million and a salary of $40 million.

Well, his whopping salary and net worth are very well deserved. With decades-long experience in hosting he managed to earn the prestigious Daytime Emmy Award five-times and became the recipient of NAACP Image Award, 14 times.