Steve Harvey wants his fans to know that life wasn’t always easy for him.
Now the 56-year-old comedian headlines his own self-titled daytime talk show and hosts “Family Feud.” His books, including “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” and “Straight Talk, No Chasers” are best sellers. The former was even turned into a hit movie last year.
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But back in the late ’80s, before the money and the fame, before he was one of the “Original Kings of Comedy,” Harvey tells People magazine he was frequently homeless. Harvey lived stand-up gig to stand-up gig and spent many nights in his 1976 Ford Tempo. A father of two at the time, he turned over the majority of his income to his ex-wife and their two children. He would bathe in hotel bathrooms or swimming pool showers and store food in a cooler in the backseat of his car.
Now happily married to his third wife Marjorie and the father of seven, Harvey’s life is clearly in a better place. But he remembers those difficult times. “It was so disheartening,” Harvey tells People. “A week is really the maximum you can do. This was three years! It was rock bottom. But even in my darkest days, I had faith it would turn around.”