When Steve Harvey and his wife Marjorie Harvey first met, they had both been married twice and had no idea that they would one day bring their families together and create a modern version of The Brady Bunch. The couple never had a biological child together, but their union made them a family of nine.
Steve and Marjorie first saw each other during one of Steve’s comedy shows. It was love at first sight for the “Family Feud” host, who noticed Marjorie when she turned up late. “When I saw her, I stopped breathing,” Harvey recalled to the studio audience of his talk show Steve. His long silence and the intense way he stared at his bride-to-be made Marjorie uneasy. “I thought I would be part of the show,” she explained. And she did. “He finally realized, ‘Okay, I have to say something,'” Marjorie continued. “He said, ‘Oh, I’m sorry. I don’t know who this is, but I’m going to marry her.’”
When Steve and Marjorie married in 2007, it created a tricky family dynamic. Steve had four children from his previous relationships, while Marjorie was already a mother to three. The couple admitted to People that their union wasn’t immediately embraced by all of their children, but Marjorie said, “Now we’re mom and dad to everyone.” Unfortunately for the couple, their children’s displeasure wasn’t the only issue they were grappling with had to — one of Marjorie’s ex-husbands threatened to cause trouble years after they tied the knot.
Marjorie Harvey’s first husband spent decades in prison
According to her ex-husband Jim Townsend, Marjorie Harvey almost had a rough time in her first marriage. According to a 2017 Radar report, Townsend was a major drug dealer who served nearly 30 years in prison after attempting to purchase a quantity of cocaine weighing as much as the average 12-year-old boy. “We were legally married when I was arrested. We lived in Memphis and had a great life together,” Townsend told the Globe of his relationship with Marjorie.
Townsend claimed the FBI had evidence that his brother and Marjorie were both involved in his criminal enterprise, but he told Radar, “We made a deal that they wouldn’t charge them.” Marjorie owned her own bar at the time, Townsend revealed to the Globe, but federal officials shut down the store, suspecting it had been purchased with his ill-gotten gains.
Townsend was expected to spend his entire life in prison, but was pardoned by former President Barack Obama in 2017, according to Radar. While he and Marjorie broke up during his incarceration, Townsend claimed they kept in touch until she started seeing Steve Harvey. In 2019, Townsend told Radar that he spent some of his free time behind bars writing a memoir. He hadn’t finished it at the time of the interview, but teased that it would include details about his relationship with Marjorie. “I have no allegiance to Marjorie, she showed her hand,” he said.
Who are Marjorie Harvey and Jim Townsend’s children?
Jim Townsend and Marjorie Harvey had two children together, a daughter named Morgan Hawthorne and a son named Jason Harvey. Per Radar, Morgan was 5 years old when Townsend was sentenced to prison, and Marjorie was soon to give birth to Jason. Townsend told the Globe that he and his children began spending time together after he was released from prison, but he accused Steve Harvey of forbidding Marjorie from speaking to him. “All these years I could call day or night and she was always there for me. But when she met him, the phone was cut off the next day,” he said.
Townsend credited Morgan with contacting the attorney who helped him get a pardon from Radar, and she and Jason both appear in a handful of photos on Townsend’s Instagram page. In a throwback pic, the sister and brother pose with their half-sibling Lori Harvey, whose father is Marjorie’s second husband, another convicted drug dealer named Donnell Woods.
Morgan is a passionate cook with a degree from the Culinary Institute of America. She created the I Need Some Mo website to share her favorite recipes, party ideas, cooking tricks, and more. She is married to a DJ named Kareem Hawthorne and the couple have two daughters. As for Jason, he is the creator of a clothing brand called Worldly. He is married to a model named Amanda, per Hollywood Life, and the couple have four children.