Marjorie Harvey and husband, comedian Steve Harvey, don’t have the time for divorce rumors these days — after recently celebrating their 16th anniversary, the duo isn’t phased. In fact, they find humor in the constant whisperings about their marital life.
Marjorie and the Family Feud host have played into the gossip with a hilarious Instagram video addressing the claims. But whether you believe reports about Steve Harvey and his wife splitting up, Marjorie says that couldn’t be farther from the truth. “We’re best friends,” she told People. “It’s the first time either of us has had someone we can talk to about everything.”
Here, we find out more about Marjorie Harvey, including how she and Steve met, her secrets to living life to the fullest and rising above the gossip.
What is Marjorie Harvey’s background?
Born Marjorie Bridges on October 10, 1964, Marjorie grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. After enrolling in the University of Memphis, Marjorie realized that a college degree would not contribute to her career goals, and she dropped out to pursue her passion for fashion and travel. She attended fashion shows from Hollywood to Paris to New York and back again, garnering all the experience she could.
Her lifelong passion eventually turned blossomed into a business and she became a social media influencer. Today, she has more than 3 million followers on Instagram alone.
How Did Marjorie Harvey meet Steve?
Marjorie first saw and met Steve at a comedy club in Memphis, Tennessee, while Steve was performing his stand-up routine there back in 1990. “I was late, and I thought he was gonna give me the business because he got real quiet,” Marjorie told the audience on The Steve Harvey Show about their first meeting. “He was just staring at me.”
In fact, Steve actually stopped the show and just continued staring. “I thought I was going to become part of the show. He finally realized, ‘Oh, I gotta say something.’ He was, like, ‘Oh I’m sorry. I don’t know who this is, but I’m gonna marry her.’”
But love at first sight did not translate into an immediate courtship and ensuing marriage. Marjorie and Steve went their separate ways after just a few weeks of dating. “I knew he was the one shortly after I started dating him, but then he just left. Disappeared,” Marjorie told Essence. Harvey explained later that he just wasn’t ready for a committed relationship at that time and he wanted to settle his career and finances.
It took a decade before Marjorie laid eyes on Steve again and the two reconnected. As fate would have it, Steve was fresh off his sitcom The Steve Harvey Show, and finding himself single again when Steve’s bodyguard actually suggested a reunion with Marjorie.
“When Steve came back into my life, it was effortless,” she said to People. After two years of dating, the two were married on June 25, 2007.
Marjorie Harvey stands by her man
During Steve Harvey’s hosting of Miss Universe in 2015, he accidentally announced Miss Columbia as the winner when in fact, it was Miss Philippines who would wear the coveted title and tiara. Steve profusely apologized, saying it was an honest mistake as he misread his cue card when announcing the winner, but he came under major fire for the gaffe.
Marjorie was quick to stand by her man and offered him support. “You are a Stand Up Man and A True Class Act the way you went back out on the stage on live TV and took full responsibility alone,” she wrote on Instagram. “I am so proud to be your wife. I love you.”
Over the years, Steve has been equally as expressive of his love and admiration for his wife. He often speaks fondly of their relationship in interviews and on social media, emphasizing how she has been instrumental in shaping his life and helping him to become the person he is today.
The Marjorie Harvey “Bunch”
Marjorie had been married twice before meeting Steves, the man of her dreams. Her former marriages produced three children: Jason, Lori and Morgan, who Steve adopted after their wedding in 2007.
Similarly, Steve had four children from previous marriages. That being said, the Harvey household became a busy one, with the couple sharing seven children among themselves. And blending their families wasn’t smooth sailing in the beginning, as their kids were a bit hesitant.
“But we knew this was right. We’re mom and dad to everybody now,” Marjorie told People in 2016. “I wish every woman can find a soulmate like I’ve been blessed to find. This is really my best friend,” she told Essence.
Marjorie Harvey’s passion for fashion
Marjorie has made a career out of her love for fashion, and has even helped Steve to up his game. “I’ve been passionate about fashion all my life,” she told Steve during an appearance on his talk show. “We both love fashion so that’s one of the things we have in common.” In fact, she often posts couples outfits of them stepping out of their home on her instagram page.
Her input on how both she and Steve present themselves to the world doesn’t end with clothing and accessories. Marjorie told Steve to keep his graying beard and mustache instead of dying it black again, he shared on The Ellen Show.
The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation
Marjorie also help found The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation that was conceived to help under-resourced communities receive the tools for success. According to their site, “The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation (SMHF) provides youth outreach services that help cultivate the next generation of responsible leaders by providing mentoring, educational enrichment, mental wellness support, life transformation skills, and global service initiatives.”
One important platform under the foundation is Marjorie Harvey’s Girls Who Rule The World. The agenda is to help young girls develop positive self-esteem and succeed in their education through mentoring and other resources. Marjorie lends more than just her name to this program. She takes an active role and has hosted a meet-up, bestowed a scholarship on a student and more.
Marjorie Harvey is also a caretaker
The other main man in Marjorie’s life is her dad, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and Alzheimers in 2019. And the prospect of losing him has proven to be the hardest challenge she’s faced yet.
“I literally watched my grandmother sit in the bed and whittle away, ending up in the fetal
position,” Marjorie recalls in a 2021 interview with Preserving Your Memory. “My whole thing was, OK, what have we learned from that and what can we do? We got the news, it’s not great news, now what do we need to do? How do we fix it or completely slow it down so Dad still has a great quality of life?”
“Make sure you have a strong village, a strong support system because it’s a long haul and it’s not always pretty, but everyone deserves to have their dignity as they’re getting older,” she adds.
In a recent instagram post she added, “Steve, my mom and I have been researching some things to keep the brain and body active, we are committed to fighting this. Let’s go, Daddy…my hero…my heart, my example of what a real man is. I love you.”
Marjorie Harvey living fearlessly
You would think a mom and grandma would settle into life with a bit more ease and relaxation. Not Marjorie Harvey. From swimming with sharks to ice cart racing in Aspen, Colorado to observing wild Gorillas to skydiving…Marjorie is fearless about finding “amazing experiences.”
We love seeing what Marjorie is up to next, be it fashion, family or fun—we’re with her!
Bonnie Siegler is an established international writer covering the celebrity circuit for more than 15 years. Bonnie’s resume includes two books that combine her knowledge of entertaining with celebrity health and fitness and has written travel stories which focus on sustainable living. She has contributed to magazines including Woman’s World and First for Women, Elle, InStyle, Shape, TV Guide and Viva. Bonnie served as West Coast Entertainment Director for Rive Gauche Media overseeing the planning and development of print and digital content. She has also appeared on entertainment news shows Extra and Inside Edition.