The couple first met in 1987 and later rekindled their romance in 2005.
Steve Harvey was performing a stand-up show at a Memphis comedy club in 1987 when he spotted a beautiful woman come in to the show rather late. When she took a seat down front, he joked, "I don’t know who you are, but I’m going to marry you one day." Little did he know that years later... he would! “That was the beginning,” the actor and comedian said, according to Good Housekeeping. The Family Feud host dated Marjorie briefly but lost touch. However, in 2005 they reconnected through mutual friends and picked up where they had left off.
Harvey finally found lasting love and married Marjorie, his third wife, in 2007. Marking their 15th wedding anniversary this month, Harvey penned a heartfelt love letter, looking back at their time together. “I met you in Memphis for lunch, and when I saw you, I knew I wasn’t going to blow it a second time. The first time around didn’t pan out the way we would have wanted it to. I became homeless, I ran out of money and I got into some trouble. Things went south for me, and I had no way of reaching out to you—this was before cellphones—so I just disappeared. When we reconnected, I still wasn’t where I wanted to be,” the 65-year-old recalled in the letter. “Even though I was making moves, I had nothing. I was in a dark space for quite some time, and I think all the stars aligned for us at the right moment.”
Speaking of new beginnings, he continued, "I finally had somebody I could start over with. You were willing to get in that foxhole with me and grow with me. When we got back together, it was even better because we knew each other. It was just a perfect fit. It’s hard to explain. It wasn’t work. It wasn’t hard to be together. We laughed all the time. You made me happy. I made you happy. I filled in all your gaps. You sure filled in all my gaps. It didn’t take long for me to realize that you were the chick for me."
Harvey also praised Marjorie for her parenting skills and for taking such good care of their blended families: Harvey is the father of seven children, and Marjorie is the mother of three (Morgan, Jason, and Lori Harvey). “I owe you a debt of gratitude because you simply changed my life,” Harvey concluded the moving letter. “If people get tired of hearing me say that, that’s OK. It doesn’t change the facts. You are the single biggest reason outside of God’s grace that I am where I am today. You’re the one. I feel like if I lost everything, you’d stay with me and we’d build it up again. As a matter of fact, I know you would. Xo, Steve.”
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